The Fire Beneath Me

Scholarship Entrant: Tabitha from Ashburn, Virginia
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 Tabitha: 47

“Your child is going to have a mental disability.” Is a sentence that no future parent wants to hear. Children with disabilities are extremely difficult to work with, and can even split a family apart. I am currently studying Elementary Education at the University of Central Florida. I want to develop that into special education as a graduate student. My dream for my life in the future is to open up a daycare or school made specifically for kids with mental disabilities. I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher, but when I found out that my cousin was going to be born with down-syndrome, I knew I wanted to teach and inspire children like her. Going through public school, I saw how people treated handicapped children. I was appalled and disgusted at the comments said behind their backs. Students always put on a façade in front of the handicapped, but once they turn the corner, their true colors show. When I started to notice this, I instantly thought of my cousin. I was saddened by the thought of people making fun of her and insulting her. If I was able to make my dream come true, I would do everything in my power to inspire and motivate children with disabilities to go after their dreams, no matter how impossible it may seem. I truly believe that I would make a positive impact in the world today, and more importantly, in children’s’ lives.

Vote for Tabitha: 47

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