Why a Gaduate Degree? A 600, ARP format essay, of a reasoning a person wants to go on in school.

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Robert Frost's famous poem, "The Road Not Taken," advises to take the road less traveled and that will make all the difference. I have discovered that life, complicated and beautiful, parallels this statement. With signs often reading: Yield, Do Not Enter, or even Stop; the path has not always been clear. Consequently, I have kept my eyes open, focused on the road ahead, and forged onward. The experience has made all the difference.

After graduating from my University in December 2000, I moved back home: a 21-year-old, 5'4" blond hair, blue-eyed woman with NO FULL-TIME JOB! I was terrified. Soon I began working at a temp-agency and interviewing for jobs in various fields, while also working three part-time jobs at night and on the weekends. Finally, one day it happened. State Assemblyman, called me for an interview and offered me the job of Director of Constituent Relations. I accepted the position, which began my path down a road not taken.

While I developed both personally and academically, I began questioning my undergraduate ambition of attending law school and realized I had hit a fork in the road. I came to see that this pursuit was not the road I should travel. At this point, a new door opened, one filled with opportunities, and I began contemplating the field of business in the Marketing arena. After making this life altering decision the question at the forefront of my mind was: How do I achieve this goal?

In order to achieve this goal, I had to take a road that taught me some major life lessons. The first and ultimately most beneficial is the importance of forgiving me. Always my worst critic, I would berate myself for weeks whenever I failed. However, I have been fortunate enough to learn that mistakes...