My Career Goals

Scholarship Entrant: Tessa from Alton, New Hampshire
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 Tessa: 35

My goal is to become a wildlife biologist, and I have wanted this since I was a small child. I had the good fortune to be home-schooled for several years, and my mother encouraged us all to be outdoors as much as possible. While we certainly did the “three R’s”, she always had us observing and classifying the plant and animal life in our woods and streams. We identified invasive species, and tried to find ways to minimize or eliminate their impact. In a way, I have already been a wildlife biologist for most of my life.
My state of New Hampshire has lots of pristine wilderness that will require the efforts of dedicated professionals to monitor and maintain. I want to be one of them! Our wild places are only an asset to us if we carefully preserve them so that people want to come here and spend their money to see them. I am already a volunteer in the efforts to reverse the vandalism done to Mount Major, and will continue this sort of work in the future. I have taken every science class offered that may help me in my career goal. The only obstacle that I have to face is funding for the advanced schooling I will need, since my parents cannot help me at all in this regard. However, I’m certain that with hard work and determination, I will realize my goals.

Vote for Tessa: 35

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