Biophilia

Scholarship Entrant: Olivia from Canton, MI
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 Olivia: 53

I will always remember the December evening I was playing in my backyard and noticed a bird hoping in the snow. Its jumbled movement struck me as odd and I stepped closer to investigate. Though I am no ornithologist, the bird’s frantic flapping and lack of flight helped me determine it had an injured wing. I quickly pulled off my gloves and softly scooped the terrified bird into my palms. It was my job to keep this bird safe and nurse it back to health. Biophilia is described as the desire for humans to connect with nature due to an intrinsic bond shared by all living things. It is a hunger and curiosity to exploring life around us and also denotes an altruistic wish to nurture and enhance the world around us. As advanced beings, it is our duty to ensure we leave a positive impact on the creatures we share our home with. Choosing to pursue a degree in bioengineering merged my aptitude for math and the sciences as well as my passion for biology. I have a ceaseless interest to understand how living organisms exist and wish to use my knowledge to improve the conditions creatures are subjected to. Whether my career directs me to researching disease, developing advanced bionic prostheses, or repurposing enzymes for biofuels, I will attain my yearning to positively influence life all around me.

Vote for Olivia: 53

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