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Caroline Murphy


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Hi!! I'm planning on majoring in English or Psychology with a possible minor in Education. I spent two gap years really focusing on my mental health and recovery, so now that I'm finally back in school, I want to use the opportunity to be able to do the same for other young people. I really value social justice, so I'm thinking of starting out in social work or working at an underserved school. I'm really excited to be back in school, and I want to prepare for further education as well!


Creighton University

Bachelor's degree program
2022 - 2026
  • Majors:
    • English Language and Literature, General
    • Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology
  • Minors:
    • Education, General


  • Desired degree level:

    Master's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Mental Health Care

    • Dream career goals:

    • Cashier/Staff

      Aladdin & Son
      2021 – 20221 year
    • Counselor/Referee/Park Staff

      Wilmette Park District
      2017 – 20203 years



    Junior Varsity
    2016 – 20182 years

    Public services

    • Advocacy

      Feed my Starving Children
      2016 – 2017

    Future Interests




    Audra Dominguez "Be Brave" Scholarship
    I graduated during the very beginning of COVID, and that set the tone for my journey to higher education. Lockdown brought on many mental health concerns, and I was also struggling with an addiction at the time. I started school online that fall, and quickly withdrew as I was falling apart; mentally and physically. I decided that no matter what was in my way, whether it be me or anything else, I would get through it and get back on track. December of 2020 marked the beginning of my road to recovery. Well... March of 2021. My recovery wasn't linear. I spent all of that year living in a different state, working on myself and acquiring "real world" skills to prepare myself to go back to school. It was difficult to see the peers I knew and graduated with thriving at their respective schools. I looked at my situation as my fault and mine alone, and thought I deserved to feel like this. Looking back, I wish I could tell myself that I wasn't alone, that it wasn't my fault, that I was capable of doing hard things. So, hard things I did. Once 2022 rolled around, and I had a year sober, I decided to finally reapply to school. This was a huge deal for me, and I was glad to finally go back both for myself and my parents. They were disappointed, but understanding, when I withdrew and we had all been anticipating what my next step would be. All these trials and tribulations were paying off. I'm not going to go into the boredom of the college application process, but it was a little disheartening to be denied from schools or not be able to afford to go to them. I ended up making the somewhat difficult decision of moving to Creighton University in Nebraska. I had never been this from my parents and support system before, and I was terrified, but ready to make this big step. I'm so glad I did. Looking back on my very first semester as a real college student, I'm proud of myself. Again, this all started just about two years ago. Two years ago, I was in a rehabilitation facility with no grasp of what my future was going to look like, or if there even was a future for me. Today, I am happy to be alive. I'm grateful that I lived on my own, met the people I met, sponsored other women, prioritized myself, and reconnected with my family. I'm grateful that I've gone through the darkest days of my life—how else would I see how beautiful the lightest days are?