Apiary Dreams

Scholarship Entrant: Melanie from Clarksville, TN
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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If I could earn a living doing what I love the most it would be to run my own apiary – beekeeping. Bees are incredibly amazing in every way imaginable. Their small size, impressive flight capabilities and ever changing jobs within the hive based on their gender and age to the fascinating language of dancing to communicate the choicest resources available.
Several years ago I was afforded to opportunity to have one single hive and have built up to one hive on my property and three hives on my parent’ farm an hour away. Those hives have taught me patience and believing in my own abilities. As most humans, I was terrified of being stung. Many years and stings later, my heart still races with wonder and amazement instead of fear.
Beekeeping is one of the most important careers in today’s world. Bees pollinate an incredibly large percentage of our food in America, up to 75% according to the USDA estimate. From apple to zucchini, the humble honeybee spends it entire life intensely focused on the hive and in turn we reap the unintended benefits including honey. Honey bees are drafted annually to the commercial almond farms in California and relied upon in local community gardens.
Currently, I’m enrolled as an Accounting major at Nashville State Community College. Using the Accounting knowledge will enable me to successfully manage the fund necessary to maintain an apiary, thereby doing my part to save this incredible yet endangered species so critical to our survival.

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