A Small World

Scholarship Entrant: Sabrina from Los Angeles, CA
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 Sabrina: 569

Sixty seconds does not seem like a significant amount of time. One minute is mundane, uneventful, and only slightly exhilarating during a timed test. Most of us consider a minute with about as much respect or fascination as we do a second, and the word “minute” itself even duly means microscopic, tiny, and even “infinitesimal.” While we work, talk, or sleep through minutes of our days, however, the world continues buzzing at rates that can hardly be considered insignificant or tiny. A minute around the world presents immeasurable opportunity, vast excitement, and significance beyond what we can see or read about. In the minute it may have taken one to read this, a child was born, an atrocity committed, a tradition carried on, a marriage officiated, a forbidden love affair discovered, an invention turned down. In the minute it’s taken to write that sentence, another alleyway of Florence has been rattled by motorcycles, another child has fallen ill of contaminated water, another market in Bangkok has halted to say the daily pledge of allegiance to the royal family. If I could pursue any career, I would pursue documentary filmmaking, traveling the globe to document one minute in a life of every country. The finished product would essentially be a field trip around the world, exposing all of us to the similarities, stark differences, and beautiful cultures of the people with whom we inhabit the world. I will study film and anthropology to help make this dream a reality.

Vote for Sabrina: 569

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