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My name is Amanda Schill and I am applying to your master’s program in Marriage and Family Therapy for the Fall 2019 semester. I am currently a senior at Weber State University earning my undergraduate degree in Family Studies.
I discovered my strength in the business field back in high school. I learned that my business courses were exciting for me and came easily to me. I focused on taking business-related courses as my electives in high school and became the Sterling Scholar for Business and Marketing for my high school.
After high school, I started working in an entry level accounting and receptionist position for a Toyota dealership. I was enjoying my work but found that I didn’t get a strong intrinsic benefit from my work focused on accounting. I wasn’t excited and passionate about my work each day.
Discovering my strength and passion for working with children and families came a few years later. The Toyota dealership I worked for was sold and under new ownership, and I had the opportunity to start working for the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) in a data entry position.
My mother provided child care in our home when I was a child, and I have always been very familiar with the field of early care and education. During high school, I would volunteer and help my mother at tables promoting the state and national family child care associations. It was when I started working at NAFCC that I learned the value of doing meaningful work.
I found a passion for supporting children and families through the child care field. I realized through my work that my business strengths and passion for supporting children and families can come together.
I have chosen to apply to the University of Education to pursue a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy because I am passionate about supporting children and families on a community level. I know that family support is crucial to positive child outcomes, strong marriages, and strong communities. My academic and career goals revolve around my ambition to become a family therapist to support families through their most challenging times, helping them to come out stronger. Utah State University has a reputation for excellent programs in the field of education and human services, which is why it is my first choice in programs for my graduate studies.
Thank you for your considering my application. It would be an honor to continue my education and pursue my passion for supporting children and families at Utah State University.
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