More Than Skin Deep

Scholarship Entrant: Shelby from Byron Center, Michigan
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 Shelby: 33

Passions are the hearts way of telling us what we are meant to do in the world. Most of us have numerous things we enjoy, but one thing that really lets us be ourselves. Music, art, dance, writing, and the list could go on and on. Capturing one small glimpse of time through the shutter of a camera is the one thing that can always put a smile on my face. However, it’s not just photography that I love. I also love the feeling that comes with showing people that they are perfect the way they are. If I could make a living doing anything in the world I would combine these two. I would hold photo shoots for the kids at school who get bullied, the ones who get teased about their weight, the people who feel worthless and struggle to see the good in themselves, and anyone who just needs a little pick-me-up throughout their day. These days it seems like beauty is only skin deep, like you have to be a size zero, flawless person, but the truth is that everyone is beautiful because true beauty comes from within and stems from all the little things that make us individuals. Even if it were only for a moment, I would use the joy that photography brings me to bring peace to others. My goal would be to change the world, one person at a time, by helping everyone realize their beauty and significance.

Vote for Shelby: 33

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