Singing on the Subway

Scholarship Entrant: Brittany from New Rochelle, New 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.
Vote for Brittany: 1

I moved to New York in 2008 with the goal of becoming a professional hotelier as a back-up plan. I was fearful of pursuing my dream because of the stigma of the starving artist. This common fate haunted my practical nature. It was not by coincidence that this is the greatest city in the world for music. I always dreamed about being a singer. If I could earn a living doing the music I created that would be awesome. I would change the world by composing songs that transforms peoples’ lives. Music is a healer and a catalyst for change. I view music as a powerful tool because it is through music that the human being has evolved. It is oft said that we become what we listen to. How true!

I grew up listening to Sade. She always seemed to transport me to a place of serenity and calm. I recently had the opportunity to attend her concert for a birthday and I was in awe of her grace and beauty. Her music was magical and I could see why so many of her fans were literally clamoring to see her and take in the full enormity of her persona. It is through music that these artists speak to the masses. If one day I can have an impact on just one person that way that Sade has done for me – I would know at that point that I did indeed change the world!

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