Forging Your Own Path

Scholarship Entrant: Kimberly from Rosemead, California
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 Kimberly: 1

One thing that kids today see to lack is the desire to think outside the box. There is a perpetuation of conformity by society, where kids are encouraged to be “model citizens” by having run-of-the-mill goals and interests. Personally, I think that this idea is wrong. Kids are naturally curious and imaginative, and who are we to deny them their expression and passion? Given the opportunity, my ideal job would be one where I work one on one with younger people to encourage them to forge their own paths. Sure, for a 12 year old this may not be an easy feat, but teaching independence at a young age benefits them in their future. As cliché as it sounds, I would take a position like this, even if did not paid well or even paid at all. Compensation is always welcome, but I think seeing the child’s satisfaction and happiness with being able to make their own choices would be a better payoff. It would be a dream for me to have a position in an organization (maybe a nonprofit) that reaches out to all children. Poor, rich, white, black… All groups of children have some members that aren’t encouraged to reach their full potential. I truly believe that having a person who is there to support them and encourage them to make their own choices (and mistakes, as they are learning experiences) is extremely beneficial to children. This is why it’s my dream to help encourage younger people.

Vote for Kimberly: 1

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