Lessons of the Past

Scholarship Entrant: Victoria from Tucson, AZ
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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If I could earn a living doing what I love most I would be a history teacher.

I believe that history is the most important subject a student could learn because it serves as a powerful tool when it comes to handling current events. Through studying how a society achieved or failed at issues ranging from economy to politics to agriculture one can acquire a great engine for comparison when resolving present matters.

I think that if the subject were studied correctly not only would it keep people from underreacting to situations but also in effect keep them from overreacting. For example one could observe that concerns such as conflict in the Middle East, stock market fluctuation, American political stagnation and the corruptions to control energy resources have been occurring endlessly for generations and there is little anyone can do to change these cycles.
If one truly encompasses this timeless truth then perhaps reactions to strife and discord would be attempted on a more pragmatic, holistic level. This is how history is alive and breathes and it can indeed change the world.

I have always felt it is a very necessary occupation to properly teach students of the relevance of history beyond just memorizing names and dates. I could accomplish this goal through obtaining a master’s degree in history; however the passion for the subject goes beyond academia. To be a true teacher of history I must endeavor each day to ensure its lessons remain transparent and impartial.

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