New York Cares

Scholarship Entrant: Fatima from Jamaica, NY
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 Fatima: 217

My life has changed dramatically since I have entered college just little under a year ago. I was once a very social young woman, and after being bullied for so many years I became reserved and not as social as I once was, but attending Buffalo State College allowed to start breaking out my shell again. I began interacting and participating in many events on my campus, and was excited that once I came home from college this year I would find a job but that didn’t happen. I did not know what to do now, I had no job and I needed to find something to remain busy so I turned to volunteering for New York Cares. My summer plans quickly turned around, and I began to make a commitment to serving others. After being bullied for so many years, I found a strength in me which was leadership and that I did make a difference. Working with third and fourth graders on a weekly basis, creating projects with the blind, creating emergency bags at a local pantry, and conducting mock interviews I found my passion was working with my community for free. If I could earn a living by volunteering and getting others to volunteer in their communities, I would do that in a heartbeat; Many people don’t understand that without the help of the public, things like serving foods to hungry, low- income, and homeless people would not be able to continue. I would launch campaigns and reach out to colleges and universities and explain how much they can impact a life more than they will ever understand. After this summer my plan is to continue to volunteer every time I have the chance, graduate in 2017, secure a job as a teacher, and contribute to the success of the next generation.

Vote for Fatima: 217

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