Combining Passions

Scholarship Entrant: Katelynne from Ulysses, KS
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 Katelynne: 36

If I could earn a living doing what I love, I would have to combine my passions and become a forensic artist. My passion lies in helping people, I’ve often been told to take time to just take care of myself, but I always feel like I can and should do more. My talents lie in art; I love drawing portraits, something about capturing a child’s smile or the look in a person’s eye overjoys me. I’m currently working toward getting a bachelor’s degree in studio art with emphasis in drawing. Because there is no official ‘forensic artistry’ major that I’ve been able to find, I’ll be supplementing the required classes with classes in anatomy and law procedures. After I receive my bachelor’s degree, I will take workshops and classes sanctioned by the International Association for Identification before receiving my certification from this same association. Many people think it’s a morbid career, but from my point of view it is the best way I can help people. As a forensic artist, I will draw criminals from witness’s descriptions and give unidentified remains their identity back by reconstructing their faces. I could help bring closure to their family members and bring their murderers to justice, and I don’t believe there is a better way I could help make the world a more peaceful place.

Vote for Katelynne: 36

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