2014 TakeLessons Scholarship

Scholarship Entrant: Bailey from Latham, NY
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 Bailey: 6

On December 1 , 2012 my world went black and I lay on the side of the highway in the cold, dark night trapped in my boyfriend’s unrecognizable SUV for over two hours. On May 8 , 2014 I relived that night for the first time in detail to an auditorium full of high school students in an effort to save as many lives as possible. December 1, 2012 was the night I survived a fatal car accident caused by a drunk driver. The accident claimed the lives of my boyfriend and best friend and left me critically injured. May 8, 2014 was the first of fifteen similar presentations I would present in less than a two month period. Although these speeches drained me of all my energy and caused the mental pain I have struggled with since the accident, they brought me a feeling of purpose and accomplishment. The positive affect and feedback my tragic story has had on my peers makes every minute of my volunteering my time worth my efforts and struggle. If I could earn a living doing what I love, I would be a full-time advocate against drinking and driving. Our highways would be safer, the number of deaths and injuries caused by drunk drivers would be less and the percentage of alcohol related accidents would decline.

Vote for Bailey: 6

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