Reading Opens Doors

Scholarship Entrant: Melissa from New Hartford, CT
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 Melissa: 51

Reading is the basic foundation of our education. Without it, kids cannot achieve their full potential and pursue their dreams. If I could earn a living doing what I love most, it would be spreading my love of reading to the younger generations. If children actually enjoyed reading and found it to be fun, they might continue to read beyond what is required by the school systems. My love of reading has inspired many of my hopes and dreams and has given me the tools to succeed in life. I want to be able to spread this to the children of the world.
In order to do this, I would create a program within the school systems emphasizing finding books that the children actually enjoy to read. There are certain books that one must read in order to gain certain skills important for development, but these books often turn children away from reading. I would create a program that helped to find books based on a child’s interests. I would start with this program within local libraries, hopefully getting a feel for what kinds of motivators really work for children, and to see how they find books they really love. I would then propose it to school systems, pitching the benefit of having their children enjoy reading. It could change the world as we know it.

Vote for Melissa: 51

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