Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.

I have considered pursuing a degree in English Language Learning when I first heard about it when I was completing my undergraduate degree. However, at the time I didn’t fully understand what it all entailed, so I began looking at different options after I completed my Bachelor’s Degree. All of the other schools that I considered attending just didn’t seem to be the best fit for me. As I looked up all of the degrees offered at Western Governor’s University, I kept being drawn back to the idea of pursuing the English Language Learning Master of Arts because of my first year as a teacher. The school I’ve been teaching at has a fairly large number of students who have English as their second language, and this number is only increasing in the school. As a result of this, I had several students in every single one of my classes whose first language wasn’t English, and I struggled knowing how best I could help them. Being myself, someone who has had the opportunity to learn another language, I know the struggles that can come from that. I can’t imagine being a student in school trying to deal with that stress. I want to obtain some skills that I can implement into my classrooms to help these students in the best way that I can. This is the biggest reason why I decided to start pursuing this degree right now. Since I plan on staying in this career field for as long as possible, the sooner I can develop skills to help my students, the better off I will be in the many years to come. This is also a time when I am motivated and excited about this opportunity. I don’t want to wait too many years, and then face the possibility not taking the opportunity to earn another degree.

Nicole from Utah
Western Governors University