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

Perhaps the most inspiring experience of my life has been my time spent volunteering at Camp Rainbow Gold's pediatric oncology summer camps. When I started volunteering at these camps, I was at a turning point in my life where I was looking for a new career. I was not sure precisely what kind of change I needed to make. Working directly with the campers at Camp Rainbow Gold showed me exactly what I needed to do — pursue a career where I could provide direct care to pediatric patients and their families, especially those affected by cancer. My volunteer experience as a cabin counselor allowed me to bond with kids who had overcome immense hardship, learned incredible life lessons, and are now thriving. Not only did I learn how important direct care providers were to these kids during their cancer treatments and recoveries, but I felt genuinely fulfilled in those moments, providing direct care as a counselor. The time spent with these campers inspired me to pursue a field of direct care that would not only interest me, but also fill my life with meaning by aligning my actions with my values and beliefs.

As there are many careers in pediatric oncology, I reflected on my personal interests to home in on physical therapy. I have developed a deep interest in body mechanics, fitness, and mental-physical health connection over the past ten years. A career in physical therapy will support my desire to provide direct care to children while incorporating the interest I have in the science of human movement.

Chris from Idaho
Idaho State University