Smashing Stereotypes

Scholarship Entrant: Kimberly from San Jose, CA
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 Kimberly: 52

Writing has always been my passion, and the notion of writing for television, film, and video games has always been alluring. I see a lack of representation of many groups in most media, and being able to create that representation would mean the world to me.
To create accessible and relatable media, I plan on majoring in English and taking classes in Sociology and Gender/Race Studies to help me gain better insight. With my education, I could apply to many different networks, possibly working as a production assistant before moving up to a writing position and influencing the media around me with varied character design.
Media shapes our perception of others, and creating diverse characters of every size, color, and gender can lead to a positive transformation in how a group of people is perceived. Rather than seeing the same basic stereotype of a race being portrayed over and over again, we could be exposed to variety that’s more fair and accurate to the real world. If writers and media creators created more well-rounded, diverse characters, then it would encourage people to judge others on a person-by-person basis, rather than basing their perceptions on unfair stereotypes.
By studying relevant issues and working within the media industry, I could smash problematic stereotypes instead of reinforcing them. Diverse media can lead to changed perception of marginalized groups, and a decrease in our reliance on stereotypes when it comes to our interactions with others.

Vote for Kimberly: 52

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