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

When I was little, I was always asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Each time, I would change my response to a random job, such as “a nurse” or “a police officer” or “a singer”, since I had no clue. Every time I imagined the future, I did not see an ideal job for myself. I would pretend to have confidence in my future so I would not disappoint everyone around me. The only thing I knew was that I wanted to help people, and to leave a formative impact on their lives, but I could not think of a job that met that criteria at the time. It was not until my experiences working with children at my school’s daycare that inspired me to become a teacher.
During my senior year in high school, my inspiration came from a college course I took called Child Development, which involved studying the development of children from birth to the age of 6 and the setup of preschools and daycares. From this experience I worked with many kids. However, one child named Andrew changed my life forever.
I was assigned to look after Andrew in this program. One of the activities he had to complete was a building game of Legos. After I explained the assignment to him, he was still very confused. Since he seemed to still be struggling, I gave Andrew advice by asking him what colors were needed. After, I decided to sit down and build it with him. Once he understood the assignment, he went through it quickly and was proud of the buildings he made. Andrew’s face lit up and he was grateful for my help, filling me with pride in my ability as I was able to teach someone and help them grow. I had achieved a feeling of excitement and pride that I have never felt before. A feeling where nobody else could understand but myself. It was this moment that the 'pride' I was feeling had become a major part of me, the pride from teaching children and helping them grow. This class provided me with not only a teaching career I am passionate about, but also a goal to achieve my masters as a teacher.

Kimberly from Connecticut
University of Connecticut