The Promise of the Past

Scholarship Entrant: Hailey Neva from Omaha, NE
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 Hailey Neva: 1

My skill set includes proficiency in accounting, political science, Spanish, and economics. Luckily, these all pertain to the degree I have been laboring to earn. But if I had followed my heart instead of my head, I would be knee-deep in dust somewhere in the Mesopotamian desert, excavating some ancient site. Or maybe sifting through the rubble of ages to discover how the pre-Colombian civilizations lived. Perhaps I would write a book about the theories I had after exploring a moldering Celtic ruin in Ireland. If I were truly brave, I would switch my International Business degree to a double major in History and Anthropology. The words of the past have always spoken to me, but many do not appreciate their value. There is no money in history, no money in archeology. If I could support myself and my potential family on a historian’s salary, I would drop everything in a heartbeat and pursue my passion. I am very good at accounting, but it has never made me as excited and thrilled as anthropology. Even now, three years into my degree, I truly desire to change my major and explore the past in all possible ways.

Vote for Hailey Neva: 1

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