“A Touch of Cancer”

Scholarship Entrant: Cassidy from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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 Cassidy: 92

If I could earn a living doing what I love most, I would spend the rest of my career helping children who have “a touch of cancer,” as author John Green writes in The Fault in Our Stars. John Green makes a special point to inform his readers that this literary work is not a book about cancer; it is a book about its inspirational characters, their passionate relationships and feelings for each other, and who also happen to have “a touch of cancer.” This short book synopsis leads to how my helping children with cancer will change the world. If I am going to dedicate a large portion of my life to children and cancer, I am going to do it in a way I strongly believe will better them; and I strongly believe that the children should always come first. What the children are thinking, feeling, and wanting are all on the top of my priority list in addition to the cancer plaguing their bodies. For me, it is not only about the cancer. It is about listening. While volunteering at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC this summer, I realize that listening is one of the most significant parts of helping children. Through my community service, future internships (both local and abroad), my undergraduate degree of cell biology and genetics, and the serious consideration of medical school, I plan on changing the world through my dedication to children with just “a touch of cancer.”

Vote for Cassidy: 92

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