How Finnish mythology could change the world

Scholarship Entrant: Melissa from Malaga, Washington
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 Melissa: 5

My name is Melissa Saari. I am in my senior year of a Bachelor’s Degree, Creative Writing with a screenwriting concentration at Southern New Hampshire University.
This is how I hope my work can help change the world.

I come from Finnish ancestry, and I have studied the folklore and history of Finland. Millions of Finnish people emigrated here to become miners. Many of their descendants are still here today.

My goal is to have my screenplay, which SNHU has helped me complete, be the first major commercial work based on Finnish culture.

This collection of Finnish poems, called the Kalavela, form the basis for a series of screenplays I am writing about Finland. Elements of nature, like fire, wind, and water, are revered as Gods and Goddesses in Finnish mythology.

These legends form the backbone for my screenplay, “The Curse of the Lion People.” I have additional sequels I am developing as well, along with a dramatization of the actual text.

I believe that not only the Finnish people but also the whole world could benefit from my movies. Not only will it increase tourism and awareness for Finland, it would also benefit people living here by helping them reconnect with their heritage.

I have always wanted to support the homeless and hungry in the world. If my screenplays get filmed, I will use the majority of the proceeds to help support food banks, homeless shelters, and other charities around the world.

Vote for Melissa: 5

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