Moving Forward, By Looking Back

Scholarship Entrant: Cristian from Tucson, Arizona (AZ)
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 Cristian: 34

We sometimes forget where we came from, why we do what we do, and what it was that causes us to pursue our goals and dreams. If I could earn a living doing what I love most it would be, simply, the act of paying it forward through the teaching of music.
My personal goal is to one day be a music educator with emphasis in band, but this goal didn’t come to be via sudden urge or watching MTV. August of 2003 was the first time I held a trumpet in my hand and when I played, as expected, I sounded like nails in a blender. But, with encouragement, reinforcement, and love, my first band director not only gave me the tools necessary for a successful future in the performing arts, but also, a passion and a drive for a future providing the same for others.
This dream become more of a necessity when my younger brother (diagnosed with Autism at age 5), during his 5th grade year, was told that he could no longer be a part of the school’s band as a trombone player because he lacked focus. I believe music has given me the answers to so many of life’s questions, but that opportunity shouldn’t be kept from anybody.
I hope someday, under my baton, every one wanting to play an instrument, will find that passion and love that I have found in my 11 years as a musician. The world deserves a chance at music.

Vote for Cristian: 34

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