Now, both my high-paying job and my dream career had been stripped away from me. I had nothing left of earthly value. But I still had my faith.

My Christian faith carried me through these disappointments and brought me the strength to use my experiences and learn from them, rather than letting them crush me. Through my faith, I have developed the personal and spiritual resilience I believe will be required to make a success of the Master of Dispute Resolution degree offered by Pepperdine University. One thing I appreciate most about the program I am applying for is the opportunity to enter an environment where Christian values are a recognized and desired value.

My faith has always been extremely important to me, even since childhood. Although the corporate and culinary school environments were no particularly conducive to openly live according to the Christian way of thought and belief, I...
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