Healing to Heal

Scholarship Entrant: Grace from Dekalb, 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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The thing I love the most that I want to earn a living doing is helping people get through the worst times in their lives. I want to be a grief and trauma councilor which means I would be helping victims of crimes, victims of post-traumatic stress disorder, and/or people that have been affected by the death of someone they know. A lot of people that first meet me are very surprised that this is my dream job because I am a very enthusiastic, bright and colorful person and they cannot see why I would want to surround myself with that much sadness and morbidity. I then proceed to inform them that my father passed away from multiple sclerosis when I was seven. I saw what it did to everyone around me and it took me a very long time to acknowledge my own emotions about it. No one should have to be alone when facing a life event as emotionally taxing as a death or crime. I think this job would change the world because more people would understand the grieving process and in turn, they would be able to help other people as well. I am very happy to report that I am already putting my goals in motion by going to college as a psychology major and I am contacting local therapist’s offices and hospitals to find more information of shadowing and internship programs. I cannot wait to start changing the world!

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