The Universal Language

Scholarship Entrant: Kaitlyn from Worland, Wyoming
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 Kaitlyn: 4

I would like to take this opportunity to enlighten you, reader, on how it feels to be a part of something bigger—to feel as though you are not alone. A feeling I have only felt with strangers surrounding all sides, standing before a stage in which a band is about to play. No, not just any band, but the ones that have saved our lives through their music and devotion.
It’s quite contrasting, you will have realized by now. How does one feel most understood amongst people they have never met? The answer lies in the band onstage. They worked hard to learn the necessary techniques of each instrument they play—vocal chords included—and they give meaning to the lives of thousands, merely by putting words to melodies. These bands speak to us, understand us, and believe in us. They give us the strength we never knew we had and the courage to carry on. It is their dedication and creativity that allows them to reach out to their fan-base—while their fans give them ability to continue on.
If I could earn a living doing what I love most, I would be up on those stages, saving those lives, and supporting complete strangers. I would put in the amount of time, energy, and devotion it takes to create the music that touches so many souls. Saving lives through music is a chance of a lifetime and music is the universal language.

Vote for Kaitlyn: 4

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