We all know that there will almost always be something to do that sounds much more appealing than our studies, so why do we study if there is something better? Everyone has their own motivating factor that keeps them in line with studying. I have dreams of becoming a psychologist and helping people throughout my life.I also have a huge passion for American Sign Language.
However, I know that much of my success has been due to luck and privilege, and the opportunities that I have been afforded are an exception, not a rule. It is my hope that, through increased research and advocacy, society can come to understand that extreme distress is often a message about something that is wrong in a person’s world, and as such, is profoundly meaningful and can be understood.
Furthermore, by understanding the psychosocial origins of distress – trauma, poverty, inequality, etc.
As part of a national essay competition, current and future psychology students were asked to explain their study motivation.
Each student describes in 250 words or less (i) why I chose psychology as a major and (ii) how I'm motivated to succeed at psychology studies.
My dream is to leverage my unique set of skills, abilities, privileges, resources, and knowledge in a way that increases equality and privilege for all (not just people with white skin).
I am pursuing a degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology which combines psychology and business.
I feel most alive when I am volunteering with my family at The Christian Children's Home of Ohio (CCHO) which is a non-profit orphanage for children.
I love working with the children there, and it hurts my heart when I see them being forced to leave once they are eighteen without any further aid or support.
The essays demonstrate the value from having a vision for your career – whether it's detailed or "big picture" – before you start a psychology degree.
Having a long-term goal in mind offers a reliable source of study motivation.