I deeply enjoy being in the kitchen. Some of my fondest childhood memories were spent in the kitchen helping my mom bake her cakes by whisking egg whites or adding the liquid ingredients slowly to the flour to make the cake moist and fluffy. If I could do what I loved most in the world, I would teach individuals with low socio-economic status how to cook delicious, nutritious, and affordable meals. This will help curb the epidemic of obesity in the United States and across the world. My dream job will help fight obesity rates because they are higher in lower income neighbors. Experts and researchers have suggested that these higher rates in lower income neighborhoods are directly linked to the lack of healthy options found in these areas.
Being born and raised in a working class neighborhood in New York City and later attending City College in Harlem, I witnessed and experienced barriers located in poverty stricken areas that prevented the local population from obtaining nutritional, delicious, and most of all, affordable food. However, there were numerous options of fast food restaurants offering greasy hamburgers and fried foods. Meanwhile there was a lack of supermarkets where people could buy cheaper but healthier food.
Having worked and lived in lower income neighborhoods, I know the local population will be very eager and accepting of the food workshops I’ll offer. Food is universal and is a sign of peace and prosperity. Hopefully, doing my little part will go a long way.