My Passion For A Graduate Degree

1311 Words Nov 29th, 2015 6 Pages
I was born in Inglewood, CA, the son of two immigrant parents. Growing up, I always knew the importance of education; it was ingrained in me by my mother and father. They grew up in Mexico where they both loved school until their economic hardships forced them to come to the U.S. and work. I am the first person in my family to go to college and will be the first to pursue a graduate degree. The passion for education that my parents instilled, as well as my cultural values, drives me to pursue a graduate degree. Early in my undergraduate education I became interested in research and statistics, specifically related to education. My passion for quantitative methods came after I enrolled in my Psychological Methods class. This inspired me to expand my knowledge of statistics and go outside the department to enroll in other advanced statistics courses. These classroom experiences along with applied research and evaluation experience culminated with me wanting to obtain a graduate degree in quantitative methods. I want to be able to give back to my community and I hope to fulfill this goal by conducting research with underrepresented populations, like the Latino population and believe the University of Maryland would be a great stepping stone to my goal.
When I first came to college, I had no idea what the experience would be like, but I was excited for this new chapter in my life. I enrolled in courses I thought I would easily surpass, but a couple of weeks into them, I felt…
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