Conservation Shouldn’t Be a Dream

Scholarship Entrant: Candace from Long Beach, CA
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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It has been a dream of mine to work with elephants since I was small. I thought that if I ever won the lottery, I’d donate that money to an elephant sanctuary and try to put an end to all animals being in the circus. Many years passed and I realized that I also wanted to help people. I studied reiki and received my master certification, so that I could help people heal themselves to be the best they could be.

All the while, I never stopped wanting to work with elephants but I just didn’t know how to go about it. It donned on me that in addition to my regular job, I could practice reiki on humans and give proceeds to elephant conservation organizations. That didn’t seem to be enough though. How could I possibly make a dent with occasional $50 donations, when poaching has never been higher and elephants are endangered?

This fall I go back to school for International Studies, with professional development in International Environmental and Natural Resource Issues, and geographic concentrations in China and Africa. I will study Mandarin, as well as African and Chinese culture to be able to communicate with and understand the groups most important to help stop poaching. I am committed to educating the ivory buyer, creating jobs for Africa’s poachers, and rebuilding Africa’s dwindling elephant population and ecosystem.

Conservation will no longer be my dream. It will be my reality.

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