How the Human Race Can Survive

Scholarship Entrant: Howlader from Ironwood Way, York
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.
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Having grown up with my feet in two different cultures, I learned about the importance of language. When at home with my family, I speak in Bangla as much as possible; everywhere else, I speak English, and at university I began the study of Arabic. Language opens up the world and its inhabitants, and allows a person to look within a culture to really understand what it means outside of the textbook definition. I grew up curious about the world and its secrets, so learning how to communicate is my passion.
I read somewhere that the millennial generation is more focused on meaningful travel than previous generations and I can attest that for me, this is true. Thus, my dream job would be a linguist; I would love to pick up my possessions every few years and move around to learn Mandarin, Tamil, Farsi, Portuguese, and more. By learning these languages, I would help preserve history and culture. I would write books, give talks, and implore both world leaders and everyday people to focus our efforts on preserving the legacy of the human race. I would advocate to have global history be a more integral part of the U.S. educational curriculum. Despite what anyone says, the past has many lessons to teach us: people were once free and humanity was easier to find. If we can teach people to learn from the past and think for the future, the world will become a much better place.

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