My Odyssey in the Development of a Better Society

Scholarship Entrant: Julie from Brooklyn, New york
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 Julie: 178

When I was a small girl, I used to listen to my first floor neighbor play the piano. Nightly she would practice and it would resonate up to my apartment where I lived in the third floor. I come from a small, undeveloped country in the Caribbean. Dominican Republic is a “relative poor” nation with a lack of education, arts and environmental protection. I noticed what my country lacked in the trips I had done with my mother. We visited New York, Spain and France. Everything was so clean, so beautiful, the arts where everywhere. One night we went to see Beauty and the Beast in New York. I was astonished to see such beauty. In our return I asked my mother to integrate me in music but my progress did not flourish until I moved to New York. At age eleven, we had moved to New York where I learned about the visual arts, music, cultures, politics, everything possible that I could. As I grew older, I developed as a musician, I played the piano and went to join multiple music festivals, performances and won multiple scholarships. At the same time, I studied geography, I studied cultures, languages, politics, and laws. I wanted to travel the world and understand and learn about the way of living and social and political perspectives of other nations. When I entered college, I enrolled as a double major in Piano Performance and Political Science. Every time someone asked about my major and received my response would be surprised at my majors, which to them are such polar opposites. My response would always be that Socrates would disagree because he always said that the arts are part of the development of a nation and a society. He believes that the greatest leader will be one who is equally as knowledgeable and passionate about academics, the arts and physical welfare. After reading the Republic, I was content to know that someone else felt the same passion about the arts, physical welfare, education and development of a better society, like I do. This is exactly what I want to do. I want to use my knowledge, my virtues, my passion and my love to expand education and to develop a better society globally. I want to promote the arts in places where the arts are scarce like Dominican Republic and other nations. I want also to educate the people in the importance of our society and environment. I chose my two majors because they are my two passions. My passion for the arts, which are the highest form of expression of humanity, of what we are, what we can do, what we can achieve. The arts leaves behind a footprint in each of us that will be remembered through history. The arts brings out the best in each one of us, our appreciation, dedication, love, companionship, understanding of life. My knowledge of politics will help me create a movement that will develop a love and desire to promote education globally for everyone. Education is the greatest key to create a better society. I want to develop transnational networks that focus on the promotion of education worldwide with an emphasis in the arts. At the same time, develop myself as a journalist to expand my ideas of education, society and the environment. I want to be able to help others who did not have the same opportunities that we I did. As of now, I work as a piano teacher and I bring to my students the best education and appreciation that I can give them the wonders of the piano. I love seeing them happy after showing their efforts in the recitals. I live seeing the happiness I bring into their lives with something as small as piano lessons. I want to expand this love to people who are not able to have the opportunity as easily as I did or my present studies. I want to crate a better society for everyone and hope that my ideas will influence others to keep the lineage of those who have tried through their careers to make this world a better place just as Socrates once did.

Vote for Julie: 178

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