The Science of Curiosity: How Passion Fuels Reality

Scholarship Entrant: Joanna from East Stroudsburg, PA
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.
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I was never really a normal child. Dolls never really interested me. I never liked coloring. Dress up? That’s a joke, right? Heck, I even hated the playground (I still do, as a matter of fact) because I never saw why it was so enthralling to other children. One may wonder, “What did she do for fun?”
Ever since I was four years old, I was fascinated by the sciences. My wonder for science began when I was a young girl and my dad was watching a live knee replacement surgery. I found it so interesting and I dropped my book that I was reading and ran to watch it. That’s when I knew I had to do something dealing with science. I dreamed for years of setting up my own chemistry experiment and dissecting an animal to gain scientific knowledge. I couldn’t wait to learn about the brain and how and why it functions the way it does. I finally realized what I wanted to do when I took my first psychology class in high school. I could at last say I knew what passion felt like because every day I would get a surge of pure euphoria just knowing that I could go and learn so many things about the brain. Now, I am attending Westminster College as a psychology major with a bio minor. I want to help people, but I won’t stop there. I want to study them and analyze what’s really going on in their brain. So, it seemed fitting that I became a neuropsychologist. As soon as I researched the profession, it just seemed perfect. I may not be able to change the world, but I can tell you with utmost confidence that I will change someone’s world…maybe even more than someone’s world. I would help them cope with and understand why they are dealing with such trying and debilitating mental illnesses and disabilities. I would help them to understand that everything will actually be okay. I would help them see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Unfortunately, nothing comes free in life. I want more than anything to become a neuropsychologist. I would even do it for free. In order to make this dream a reality, I have to obtain an internship, finish college, receive my bachelor’s in psychology, then go to graduate school and receive either my Psy. D. or get my master’s in clinical psychology and then get my Ph. D. in neuropsychology. I know it’s a long, challenging road, but if it means that I can help even just one person, it’s well worth it.

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