To Create, Teach, and Inspire Change

Scholarship Entrant: Emily from Colorado Springs, Colorado
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 Emily: 6

People always say to do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life. It is not always so simple, however. Sometimes the things that people love and are passionate about are not things that they can make a living off of. Personally, if I could earn a living doing what I loved, I would knit and create visual art. Of course, it would not end there. I would love to teach the sort of lost art of knitting to young people, and use that connection not only to teach a skill, but also to teach life lessons through conversation and knitting. I would hope that my visual art would also share a message of change, that it would inspire those who see it. Through instruction and demonstration, through action—perhaps one of the most powerful catalysts of change—I would hope to help inspire others to also look for and fight for a better world. Accomplishing this would be a struggle, but I feel that it would be worth every battle. To begin with, I would create and knit like a mad woman, giving tangible proof of my skills and talents. Then, I would need to advertise my business of sorts, most likely distributing flyers in whichever public areas would allow them. After that, it is a matter of teaching and sharing experience and art with those that seek out my services. I hope to still do this in my spare time, regardless of my career.

Vote for Emily: 6

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