A Different Approach

Scholarship Entrant: Nicholas from Corvallis, OR
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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We live in a world best described as empirical. Scientific knowledge and tangibility become increasingly pertinent in a world where passions for things we cannot touch, or mold into the shape of a dollar, die out. It is within this realm of dying passions where I find my niche. What I love most is music; playing, composing, discussing, listening, exploring, and feeling music. Within its confines I find solace and chaos, sense and nihilism; all that I could ever hope to understand, and all of the curiosity to die trying. Music is what I love most, and spreading this love is what I will do for the rest of my life. I believe with full conviction that we need more people like me, more art teachers, on this dying planet. In addition to the multitude of studies exemplifying music’s ability of assisting cognitive development in youth, it is also my belief that music (and other self-expressions) help people in knowing themselves and each other. Throughout my growth as a musician I have felt a love and connection with the world and the billions of people that inhabit it that I cannot explain. This is how I know music can change the world. In these times of global unrest and environmental degradation, it is perhaps less pertinent to search for more ways to consume, manipulate, and conquer each other than it is to search for more ways to understand, help, and love each other.

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