Signing For Change

Scholarship Entrant: Elizabeth from Springville, UT – Utah
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 Elizabeth: 13

Everyone has a dream and a passion. The question we all face is: What will we do with it?
My passion since I was very young has been American Sign Language. I have a love for this beautiful form of expression that I can’t put into words. My career aspiration is to become a nationally certified Sign Language Interpreter. This will make a difference for the world because capable interpreting facilitates effective communication. So many of the world’s ills stem from a lack of understanding. Clear communication leads to improved understanding, increased respect, and mutual trust.
My life has been incredibly blessed as I’ve pursued this dream of becoming an interpreter. Just over a month ago I returned from serving an 18-month full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During my mission I was privileged to work closely with the Deaf community in Sacramento California. Serving a full-time mission was a goal that I had set and have now accomplished.
My goals now include beginning an interpreter training program, possibly through Utah Valley University, and completing my Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, which will enable me to test for my Utah Certification. As I continue to work toward these goals I know I will be able to make a difference in the world on a personal level. One conversation at a time. My passion for American Sign Language continues to fuel my life towards making a difference.

Vote for Elizabeth: 13

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