Soak up the Sun

Scholarship Entrant: Natalie from Claremont, 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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I learned about climate change at the age of six. I was appalled that we were knowingly hurting the world and asked my dad what would happen to us, and to the earth. He gave a vague but reassuring answer, telling me that the consequences of climate change will happen when I’m long gone. That calmed me a little, but I didn’t understand how this answer made everything ok; just because our world will fall apart after we’re dead doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be doing something right now to fix it. And we might not be dead before it gets worse; erratic weather patterns, droughts, and super storms are all effects of our changing global climate. Ever since then sustainability and the environment has been a passion of mine. I plan to major in Environmental Analysis and hope to one day help ease the world from it’s addiction to fossil fuels and onto the most abundant, endless energy resource: the sun. My plan for next summer is to intern at a green energy company and hopefully take on some projects of my own. I want my career to allow me to take on large scale projects, like putting solar panels on the roofs of city skyscrapers that can then provide energy for the entire building. I want my career to make a difference for future generations; I want to make a positive impact on the world, and I believe if you have ambition and stamina, you can make anything happen.

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