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

I am a graduate student majoring in psychology and pursuing my Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT).
I grew up in Afghanistan, a country that is famous as a war-prone country, where the people who survived the war have a lot of psychological problems. Many of these problems are related to cultural and religious factors. For example, in traditional Afghan families, power is controlled by men, either the husband or, if the husband dies, the oldest son. Wives need permission to have a job or even to leave the house. Daughters need permission from their father to marry, and often these marriages are arranged by the father. For example, my grandfather picked the husband for my mom when she was only fourteen. Although many Afghan women are resigned to their fate, my mom felt differently. She wanted to get a job outside the house. My father might have been sympathetic but he was worried about what other people would say so he did not let her get a job. Similar conflicts about the role of women led to a lot of fights within the family. Because of this history, I became interested in psychology. To me, psychology means to help people and rebuild them as new people with meaningful relationships and great behaviors. I want to help people to behave in their community and to be prepared for a healthy life. I want to specialize in marriage and family therapy because healthy families are the foundation of a healthy community.
In summary, I have already been accepted to the University of San Francisco. After graduating, I plan to work with racial and/or ethnic minorities, including children and adolescents. The support from Mometrix will allow me to attend this university and complete my Master’s degree.

Naeim from California
University of San Francisco