Saving the World Through Education

Scholarship Entrant: Katherine from Derby, Connecticut
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 Katherine: 86

Since I was a small child, I have always been passionate about two things; learning and helping others. When I was in middle school I was appalled at the amount of ignorance found acceptable in society today. My true passion is teaching and I truly believe that through teaching ignorance can be annihilated. I am a volunteer tutor at the Springfield Housing Authority’s GED program in Springfield, Massachusetts. The first time I went I was scared and very intimidated. The people there were not educated well but looked scary and many were former inmates. The bullet holes in the windows reminded me I was not in a very good neighborhood. Once I started tutoring I realized that they were just as intimidated by me. They were scared of me because I have a good education and might be judging them and looking down on them. It was an eye opening experience for me as well. I realized that through education we were able to bond and find common ground. Many of them considered me a friend by the end. I believe that I can change the world. I can teach the world tolerance and love through education. I believe if basic principles of tolerance were taught universally there would be less wars and less conflict between many societies. I want to be the one to convey this message of tolerance and hope that by the time I have children, the world will be a better place.

Vote for Katherine: 86

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