A Star

Scholarship Entrant: Matthew from 88 street, NY/Kings County/Northeast
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Matthew: 6

There’s something about Madison Square Garden that makes you feel both within and without, it’s almost like the stars in the night sky. At first it’s overwhelming, you realize how insignificant you are; just one star floating around in a galaxy that contains millions and millions of stars. But I feel that there is also a sense of community and understanding amongst the stars. Many of us don’t know each other nor will we ever see the stars that don’t interact with us on a daily basis. But we all understand. We all believe. The same can be said for the fans at a rock concert. There are tens of thousands of us here and millions wishing they could be. When separated we are are freaks, weirdos, and outcasts. But when we’re all together in one room we become the most powerful force in the universe.

When the band finally comes out the entire stadium erupts into celebration. The stars are exploding and it’s absolutely beautiful to watch. And with every sweet and stuttered breath I take he grows closer. The best part is – he’s looking at me. Out of all the stars, I was chosen. It is in this moment I know my destiny. I want to bless others with the ability to believe that they can make a difference. I want a snot nosed teenager to look me in the eye and see his own reflection, his future. I want to preform.

Vote for Matthew: 6

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