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

When I turned 30-years-old, speech language pathology was still not a part of my vocabulary. I had been working as a Clinical Research Specialist conducting human clinical trials for the development of biopharmaceutical drugs and, prior to that, worked 80-hour weeks as an Executive Assistant to the CEO at an international fashion brand. I was eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the office and managed to acquire great work ethic along the way. However, whenever I was asked how I got into fashion or what drew me to my job, the words, “because I’m passionate about it” never escaped from my mouth. I planned on becoming a teacher since I enjoyed working as a behavioral therapist in the past, but then a good friend called to tell me one day that she had found the perfect career for me: speech language pathology. I researched further on my own and became overwhelmingly convicted with making this goal a reality for myself. For the first time now, I feel very motivated and fulfilled having finally discovered a passion and a calling for my life. There is an urgency within me knowing that this is what I have to do, no matter what. To put it another way, I know that this is not only what I want to do with my life, but it’s who I want to be.
I want to be someone who uses their innate gifts and strengths to positively impact those with needs. I want to be close to my passion and I believe having this proximity to what I care most deeply about has changed me. Although I have fears about starting so late on my journey, I also know that I have solidified the “why” of my goal and am confident I will excel as an SLP. My laser-beam focus on making my passion come to fruition will cause me to maximize all the opportunities available and I am determined to pursue further education in order to make most of what I feel I am called to do, and called to do well.

Lisa from California
Emerson College