Lighting Candles

Scholarship Entrant: Joseph from Orinda, California
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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My ultimate goal in life is to help people. That seems to be pretty basic, so maybe it would be better to say that I want to help people to heal in a spiritual and psychological sense. That’s why I study psychology and philosophy, to a lesser degree, because I desire to see others reach the heights of individual potential that rivals an Einstein or a Mother Teresa. I have never been an extraverted helper. I have troubles with large groups, and don’t particularly like interacting with strangers. I believe Edith Wharton once said that there are two ways to spread light, which are to be the candle or the mirror which reflects it. I would say that there are three ways, and the third is to be the one who lights each candle. I believe that in each person is a Shakespeare, a Gandhi, a Newton, but they need to be unlocked. The dreariness of life and disappointment and a streamlined culture have doused the hope and joy which might have engendered a spiritual strength and unlocked the beauty within. I hope by becoming a psychologist to not only help people through routine problems, but to bring out who they really are. For each person whose life I touch they will touch the lives of others. A tiny droplet becomes a widening ripple which reaches the outermost edges of a lake. The world will become a better place.

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