Listening Relationships of Love

Scholarship Entrant: Joseph from Heber, Utah
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 Joseph: 1

My favorite part of every job and volunteer opportunity I’ve experienced thus far in my life has been the chance to meet new people and become their friend. I discovered in high school how much I enjoyed being the kind of person who others could turn to when they needed someone to vent to. I learned that everyone needs someone who will listen with love. Someone who patiently listens is often times more helpful to an individual trying to solve a problem than someone who immediately lectures and offers advice. I discovered then that a career with an environment that allowed me to serve others through listening would be one of the most rewarding paths I could walk.

Although the positive consequences of simply listening to someone are difficult to measure, I believe that it is an act of love that changes lives, families, communities, and potentially the world. Love, not money or fear, is the most powerful motivator for human beings. There is nothing that inspires deeper loyalty, sincere honesty, and diligent work than true love. That kind of love flows freely among relationships where listening ears are present.

I’m a college senior working on a bachelor’s degree in accounting and preparing to enter physical therapy school. My plan is to become a physical therapist and establish a practice that fosters an environment of love. Physical therapy is a profession that I believe can offer needed help for physical healing and more importantly psychological healing through heartfelt listening.

Vote for Joseph: 1

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