Compassion Can Change the World

Scholarship Entrant: Stacie from Hanover, PA
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 Stacie: 16

Growing up you are told you can do anything you set your mind to. I was taught to dream big and never give up faith. My faith is what lead me to Guatemala in 2010. It was my first experience traveling to another country. It was the most eye opening and inspiring experience of my life. I witnessed first hand the devastation from the poverty and social welfare of Guatemala.
I spent days helping to rebuild an indigenous Indian village in the mountains that head been destroyed earlier that year by an earthquake. I traveled to orphanages and listened to stories of the troubles the children had endured. I traveled to a local market and handed out blankets and food to those in need. Most of what I heard and saw was heartbreaking. What made it worth it was the smiles on the peoples faces, that was the most magnificent sight to see.
My dream is to travel to different countries and set up ‘Compassion Centers’ where people could go who need shelter, a warm meal, clothing, or just someone to listen to their stories. I would love to go back to Guatemala, but I wouldn’t stop there. I want to spread compassion all over the world. Compassion is the change this world needs. A little compassion can go a long way.

Vote for Stacie: 16

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