An Animated Future

Scholarship Entrant: Katherine from Henderson, NV
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 Katherine: 14

I love cartoons. I love the way that they bend reality like a superhero bends iron bars, the way that they inspire people to challenge the impossible, and most importantly, the way that they can be used to change the world. That last one might not sound like something a cartoon can do, but in fact animation is perhaps one of the most engaging, versatile ways to make a difference in people’s lives. Although animation is not exactly the “secret weapon” that most people expect, I believe that it has the potential to inspire change and innovation in a very unique way.

Animation can portray absolutely anything with no limits and does not necessarily require words to convey meaning. Something imagined can easily inspire technological, social, economic, political, or environmental ideas. Animation has expanded from entertainment into a means of making improvements in more serious fields such as medicine, engineering, education, safety, and the military. Additionally, animation can reach an incredibly diverse audience, free from age, racial, gender, or linguistic barriers through compelling and thought-provoking themes.

Ultimately, I want to use animation to reach people and create a better future. One of my animations was made into a Public Service Announcement by the Ad Council and has helped save lives. People expect the heroes in cartoons to do great things, to defy expectations, and to save the day—but the real power is in animation itself and the impact that it can have beyond the cartoon world.

Vote for Katherine: 14

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