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

Being able to seek higher education through a master’s program is one of the greatest opportunities possible for my life. Being a first-generation student, I have always known the importance of attaining a degree, which has motivated me during my undergraduate education. However, within the last few months, I have realized that I also have the chance to seek higher education through graduate school, which is something that I never dreamed of. I am a strong believer that education is the key to change; whether it be individuals educating themselves on important topics or individuals seeking further education to help themselves or others. By seeking further higher education and gaining more experience, I will be able to share even more knowledge with others while advancing my career opportunities. Not only this, but my master’s program, MPP, will allow me to pursue my passion and interests in depth by allowing me to network, make connections with other professionals, and focus on bettering my career path through various educational opportunities.

Although there will be financial challenges to overcome while pursuing a master’s degree, I believe that this will be an investment that will aid in various future endeavors. Also, I am certain that this journey will allow me to gain the skills necessary to become an expert in my field by gaining more experience and knowledge while allowing me to immerse myself into my specific field of study. Ultimately, a graduate degree will allow me to advance myself through diverse means by equipping me with the knowledge necessary for my field. Not only this, but it is an opportunity that will allow me to fully immerse myself into the field that I am most passionate about, which is social justice and policy. A graduate degree will allow me to gain critical experience and knowledge to become a voice for others and to fight for the greater good.

Patricia from Massachusetts
University of Massachusetts Amherst