Courtni Battle_TLEntry

Scholarship Entrant: Courtni from Greensboro, NC
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 Courtni: 7

I always knew that I wanted to help people in some sort or fashion. I struggled between the majors of law, special education, community/therapeutic recreation, and ultimately-social work. Earning a living as a social worker is my primary focus. I never realized the many fields that one could concentrate in upon finishing a SW degree. There are often many misconceptions of a social worker’s role. A social worker’s role goes much deeper than what is perceived at face value. I had the opportunity to visit Boston & explore the issues of homelessness and poverty in comparison to North Carolina. Needless to say, there were overlaps as well as shortcomings in both states. The federal poverty line in NC for an average family of four is set at a little over $23, 000. We all know that our economy continues to face its own challenges resulting in inflation of goods and services-leaving the federal poverty stagnate-leading to family troubles, work difficulties, child-welfare issues, and higher risks at foreclosure. As a growing social worker, our profession seeks to analyze surrounding factors influencing ones position in life. I have a goal of opening a homeless shelter for families and individuals which would offer workshops, community resources and referrals, a ‘get back to work’ program and in-house job opportunities. Homelessness is a growing issue-especially in our state. Opening this business and co-owning a recreational facility with my mother for the special needs population will help build our society as a unit-eventually impacting the lives of many nationwide.

Vote for Courtni: 7

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