Planning for the Future

Scholarship Entrant: Aimee from Hays, KS
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 Aimee: 1

Consider the world around you. The buildings and the people in them, their relationships with each other and the ideas they share are all the product of who they have become. All things that are accomplished result from the work and ideas of individuals collaborating as a group. Now imagine that 25% of those individuals and all the progress they have achieved are consumed by an illness that renders them incapable of their previous potential. Unfortunately this is not extremely unlike reality.
One in four American adults suffer from mental illness in a given year. These types of illnesses are extremely debilitating, costing our society a great loss. Here is another statistic. One-half of all chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14. Many mental disorders are caused by early emotional trauma inflicted, intentionally or unintentionally, by our parents and others who are close to us. This emotional distress is likely caused by those parents’ own mental disorders and is just a link in the chain of mental illness.
My mission is to become a clinical therapist and provide support and self-awareness for people with emotional disorders, especially parents, so that they may be able to manage their own emotional distress in hopes that they will not traumatize their own children as a result of their illnesses. I believe this has the potential to break the chain of emotional disorders for many families and ultimately, brighten many futures.

Vote for Aimee: 1

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