Weapon of Mass Instruction

Scholarship Entrant: Jill from Greer, South Carolina
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 Jill: 47

“I am having a mid-life crisis,” I groaned as I took my seat amidst my classmates who were young enough to call me “Mom”. “Why am I here?” “Do I look like an old lady to them?” Earlier as my morning started out, I felt as if I were twenty years old, and I knew I could conquer the world! Now in class, my insecurities were quickly overtaking my morning resolve. Fortunately, the professor started by reviewing the syllabus, and I quickly became excited about how this new semester would stretch my thinking and challenge me to see the world through somebody else’s eyes. I have always loved learning, but I fell in love with teaching while homeschooling my children. I knew I had to pursue my passion to become a college professor regardless of the obstacles that were facing me. Trust me, these obstacles were not small. Being a wife, a mother of four children, having a child with leukemia, and homeschooling were still responsibilities on my plate. Yet, that passion still burned within me to learn, to teach, to grow. My Associate’s Degree stood mocking me in the closet. I needed to continue pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree, and then my Master’s Degree before my dream could become a reality. Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” I wholeheartedly agree. When I become a college professor, knowledge is the weapon I will use to change the world.

Vote for Jill: 47

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