1. A personal statement which includes the following:
  2. a brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience;
  3. a statement indicating the career goals of the applicant and his or her reasons for seeking admission to this program;
  4. a description of the areas which the applicant considers to be his or her strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities; and
  5. personal information the applicant wishes to share.

Currenlty in my tenth year as a secondary social studies teacher, I am applying for the Graduate Program in General Psychology at Mount Alyosius primarily to enhance my understanding of human behavior and development. Pursuing this educational path will enable me to become a more effective teacher and better understand and interact with my students. The flexibility and requirements of your program fits will with my objectives of furthering my education in a new field of interest while continuing my full-time career.

Born and raised in central Pennsylvania, I decided to expand my horizons and began my college years at Temple University, where I obtained a bachelor's degree, dual majoring in history and anthropology. Upon completion, I continued my studies at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) where I earned a master's degree, with a focus on American History. It was during this time as a teacher's assistant that I began to consider becoming an educator. After a couple of years of working in retail sales, I went to Saint Francis University for a year to obtain my teacher certification. My first five years of teaching was in Virginia; and, six years ago, I relocated back to my hometown and began teaching at Juniata Valley School District. I believe my academic and professional background will provide a great foundation for my studies in the program.

I currenlty teach an elective introduction to psychology course to upper level high school students and would like to develop a better understanding of the field in order to enchance the course's curriculum and provide a more indepth study of the subject matter for my students. Additionally, my years of experience and interaction with my students have enable me to learn a great deal about the workings of the teenage human mind and fostered my interest in the psychology field. My strengths are in human development and cognition.