Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.
Having personal experience of mental illness allows me to understand others in a more empathic perspective. Growing up in a low-income household with family members struggling with addiction, life was extremely hard at times. Initially, I was bitter about the effect these hardships would have on my personal and professional goals. However, after a while I came to realize that these events were leading me towards becoming a stronger person. As a result of my personal experiences, I decided to dedicate my career to helping those struggling with mental health and substance abuse.
By continuing to a master’s program, I will be eligible to become a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) in the state of Colorado. Being a licensed clinician will allow me to diagnose and treat individuals at a higher level of care as well as go more in depth into their treatment. By working in this environment, I will have the opportunity to see the progress a client makes from the time they start treatment to when they have completed it. Knowing a client has improved and grown while in treatment is one of the most rewarding things to see as a helping professional. Furthering my education will help me reach my goal of becoming a successful therapist and helping those who are struggling.
Aspen from Colorado
Metropolitan State University of Denver