Balancing Act

Scholarship Entrant: Tristain from Lebanon, Illinois
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.
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I would love to become a writer because the tales that I have written have motivated me to try to create things that people can celebrate and relate to. I adore fiction because it helps me connect with interesting people and ideas in the real world through lovingly made characters, situations, and themes. It would be an honor to give someone else the same sense of community. My main goal is to entertain and inspire others to create something of their own. Ultimately, I believe that culture shapes the world by bringing people together to change how it previously was, creating a new world.
I am aware that being a writer is not very profitable, at least not at first. I plan to attend Southwestern Illinois College, get my associates degree, and get a machinist job to become financially stable. I’m not saying that becoming a machinist is only to support my writing. Machining would be a neat job filled with hard work, which is good for the soul. However, I cannot ignore an opportunity to help build and support my passion. I’d write on the side while commuting to school and later, in the evenings, off the job. I would make the most of my three hour bus rides by using the time to read, quietly observe people to help develop characters realistically, and get feedback from regular riders. I choose to maintain this balancing act because labors of love can’t be done without hard work and dedication.

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