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

I’ve wanted to be a doctor for a very long time. It seems like everyone working toward the medical field says the same thing. We all just become a big blur of repetitive words in the eyes of our evaluators. So, what motivation do I have to accomplish this goal when there are so many other students out there relentlessly clawing at the same prize?
I’ve asked myself this question a thousand times since gaining my bachelor’s in 2015. For a long time, I was holding back. Every voice around me seemed to be saying that I wasn’t capable of making something of myself or accomplishing my goals. “You’re not smart enough.”, they said, “You’re not strong enough or skilled enough to make it happen.” I listened to the voices of the people around me and let them bog me down for years. Blow after blow, I felt my self-esteem weaken and my confidence in myself diminish. One day, I woke up and had had enough. I looked into the mirror and said, “You can do this, and you WILL.”
What is my motivating factor? It is that failure is not an option. By failing, I admit defeat and succumb to the bitter will of those around me who were hateful, spiteful, and wanting so badly to see me fall short of my goals. I push myself with the thought constantly in my mind that I know I can do this. I have suffered at the hand of my foes for long enough. It is time to take action and prove to everyone that I am capable of overcoming hardships and persevering. By achieving my degree and becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I will take pride in knowing that the battle was won. My self-esteem has risen even in the few short weeks since enrolling in my graduate courses. I foresee a stronger, smarter, more confidant woman sitting in front of this computer in there years to come, replacing someone who was once broken.
I will use this idea to not only complete my courses, but to also apply in my practice what I have learned through my experiences and help others overcome their shortcomings as well.

Brittney from Texas
Northcentral University