SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE; SPEAKING THE TRUTH TO POWER

Scholarship Entrant: Kris from Deerfield, Wisconsin
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 Kris: 2

When I was a child, popular culture, as it does today, much shaped one’s dreams. Like many my age, I imagined being a cop, cowboy, astronaut and journalist. With westerns and cop shows proliferating, those who seemed to do the most good were cops, journalists, teachers and ministers. So, whether as vocation or avocation, those became my dreams. I followed them, at 18, by becoming a deputy sheriff and attending the UW-Madison in Communications and Educational Psychology. Then, near the end of my freshman year, I was struck by a UW Police car and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Though I fought to finish school, due to a resulting brain injury, I had to leave school 15 credits short of graduation. Though I pursued my vocations and avocations of cop, journalist, educator and pastor, two more accidents caused by others – in 1996 and 2000 – led to my being paralyzed and bed-ridden for more than a decade. Today, I hope to complete my degree to serve full time as a teacher of English, Journalism, Media and History, as well as to work as a journalist and author. With that degree, I’d continue on to MA’s and PhD’s in Education, Criminal Justice, History and/or Journalism, through which I’d be empowered to more effectively share the truth in love while speaking the truth to power — that along with others before and beside me, I might play some lasting role in ridding the world of corruption and restoring hope for generations to come.

Vote for Kris: 2

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