Being the Light in a Sea of Darkness

Scholarship Entrant: Amanda from St Charles, Illinois
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 Amanda: 2

If I could spend my life doing what I love more than anything, I would work with teens and adolescents that are having suicidal thoughts, problems with drug addiction, or self-harm. I, personally, have struggled from suicidal tendencies and I know how it feels to not be taken seriously. Many people think mental illness is something that these teenagers create in their minds for attention. Nothing would mean more to me than to be that hand to these adolescents letting them know that someone is here, and someone is listening. When I was struggling with my suicidal tendencies, my immediate family told me to “stop being dramatic” and “grow up”. That might have been one of the most emotionally painful things I’ve ever dealt with in my life. To have thoughts and consider pursuing ending your life is an enormous burden in itself, but to not have the one support system you thought you’d always have? I would do anything to ensure that other teens and young adults don’t go through what I went through. I want to be able to validate their feelings and ensure that they are entitled to feel the way they feel. Mental health and suicide prevention is something that I’ve been passionate about since I’ve gone through it myself. If I were able to save one life, prevent one suicide, everything that I’ve personally struggled with would be worth it.

Vote for Amanda: 2

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