One Small Step

Scholarship Entrant: Emily from Richmond Hill, Georgia
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 Emily: 7

In 1969, Neil Armstrong took the first steps on the moon. Though it has been 45 years since that historic date, mankind has still not traveled beyond Earth’s natural satellite, and it is my dream to go beyond that limit and explore the reaches of space not yet discovered by mankind. To this end, I have been studying aerospace engineering at a top engineering school, challenging myself to spend my free time exercising, and making plans to research abroad. Once I have obtained my degree, I will work at one of the many companies researching deep space travel so that I can aid in the creation of the necessary technology. Once I have obtained the required years of professional work, I will enter into the astronaut training program at NASA so that when they send a deep space mission, I will be fully qualified and an attractive candidate. The research involved in bringing mankind to the furthest reaches of space would greatly improve the technology on Earth, and if it ever became necessary for humans to leave Earth, we would not only have an escape route, but also a destination, whether it be a Mars colony or another Earth-like planet. To be able to lead such a great leap in the advancement of our technology and delve into the thrill of the unknown is my greatest dream, and with my determination and perseverance I believe I am fully capable of travelling to the distant stars.

Vote for Emily: 7

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