Animals Change Our World

Scholarship Entrant: Alyssa from Chattanooga, Tennessee
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 Alyssa: 17

“Change” on its own is a very powerful word; but when the phrase “change the world” comes into play, the word takes on a whole new life. Changing the world, to me, means changing a life and changing a life starts with my own. The one thing that I have always loved is caring for others, especially animals. I grew up watching Animal Planet, which inspired me to volunteer at various zoos and animal shelters as I became older. I saw a growing need for new ideas, solutions, and inventive ways to make the lives of captive animals and endangered species healthier and happier—the best quality possible. If I could do anything in this world, with my whole heart, I would travel the world conducting research on ways to improve conditions for captive animals and work to save endangered species that are vital to our unique and ever-changing world. What I love about spending time with animals is their honesty. They continuously act on what they feel without fear of being wrong or taking time to apologize. This is one trait that is hard to find among the human population and one that needs to be preserved because it adds to the wondrous beauty that is our world. An animal can be someone’s pet or their fascination for a time; but, to animals, we are their entire world for their entire life. To change an animal’s life is one of the best ways that I can change the world.

Vote for Alyssa: 17

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