Disabled and Ambitious

Scholarship Entrant: Faith from Graysville, Alabama
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 Faith: 146

My name is Faith, and I am a quadriplegic. In spite of my disability, I would like to be a Forensic Psychologist and get my graduate degree in Forensic Psychology. I have been in touch with my local FBI headquarters, which is where I would like to work. I want to make the world a safer place for everyone and help those who cannot help themselves because of mental illness. Eventually, I would like to move on to criminal profiling and help track down people who are wanted by the FBI. I often joke about possibly doing undercover work as well, because who would suspect that the girl in the wheelchair is an FBI agent?

There are not enough disabled persons in the workforce, and I think I could change that. If I can do it and succeed in the end, there is no reason why others should not at least try and do the same. Also, my presence in the workforce could greatly help others overcome the stigma that unfortunately shrouds others with disabilities. If my coworkers see me doing the exact kind of work they do, they will see me as more of an equal, thus allowing my coworkers to treat myself and others without discrimination. If I start at the FBI and people hear of my success, I hope other companies will follow suit and see disabled persons for their true value, because our disabilities are just a part of us; they are not who we are.

Vote for Faith: 146

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