|Sample Graduate School Admissions Essay 3
(Master’s in Counseling)
Life can be so shallow and unrewarding if you are living each day with no plan for the future and little thought toward helping others. This may seem like an obvious statement, but I come across people every day who haven’t had the opportunity to realize this truth for themselves just yet, and they are miserable because of it. I feel very fortunate that the goals I have formed for myself over the past few years are helping me make the most of every opportunity that presents itself, allowing me to live a life with true meaning. My mother has always been my inspiration, not only to go for my dreams, but to make sure that my dreams and goals will benefit others and not just me. I have seen a glimpse of the kind of future I am aiming for in my current position assisting a psychologist, and also during my internships in college and my time working as a counselor for a residential substance abuse program in a prison. With the body of experience I have built up during my undergraduate studies and afterward, I see a career for myself in psychology or counseling, and I know that I have to earn a firm educational background upon which to build my future practice.
I have a solid academic track record thus far, and have every expectation of improving upon my past performance now that I have found my niche and am ready to dedicate my full attention to becoming the most well prepared counselor I can be. I know that I have chosen a field that can be emotionally difficult as well as physically draining, but after working with the types of difficult cases I saw in prison, I know that I have the strength and compassion to stand up to the challenge of a lifetime of listening to other peoples’ tragedies. Knowing that after I earn the credentials and training to go along with my compassionate nature I will be able to make a lasting and positive impact on my clients’ lives, and the lives of those around them, fills me with a true sense of purpose and intense eagerness to begin on the long path of learning that lies before me.
It is my plan in this next educational step to increase my awareness of psychotherapy practices, refine my knowledge of disorders, symptoms, and effective treatments, improve my listening and interviewing skills, and generally enhance my ability to work effectively as a professional in this field. As it is my long term goal to continue on to earn a Doctorate in Psychology, any school I attend can be doubly assured that I will strive to achieve the highest level of academic success possible as my performance there will directly affect my future academic goals.
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