So Close I Can Smell It

Scholarship Entrant: Rachel from Cleveland, Ohio
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 Rachel: 13

Ever since I was four years old I have been fascinated with animals and their ecosystems. 15 years later, I still have that same passion that I exhibited at a young age, but now I am more enabled to follow my dreams. Currently studying at Juniata College for a Wildlife Conservation major, I am well on my way to learning the necessary methods, techniques, and other information needed to be a successful conservationist. I grew up watching the Discovery Channel and wishing I was out in the field with the researchers, collecting data and teaching others about the many animals they encountered. Looking into my future plans, being a conservationist is my dream job, and it’s comforting to see that they are obtainable with my current education track. My current plan is to work in Australia, starting my very own reptile park that would act as an attraction and education center for visitors but also a rehabilitation center for injured wildlife. Many of the animals that I would be rehabilitating would often be venomous and misunderstood to the general public. One of my main goals would be to have the visitors leave with a greater respect for the animals that they saw over the course of their visit and hopefully a greater understanding of their importance in their conservation. It doesn’t only take people like me to make changes in society but every day people making changes in their everyday life in order to make waves in traditional thinking.

Vote for Rachel: 13

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