The Love of Knowing

Scholarship Entrant: Imani from Apex, NC
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 Imani: 50

If I could earn a living doing what I love most, it would involve a career in journalism. I’ve wanted to be involved with that career field ever since I was in elementary school. A specific event that helped me make this decision at such a young age was the September 11th attacks. I was in the first grade and my family lived in Japan at the time because my father was in the Air Force. Most parents try to keep their children from tragedy. Not mine. They made me watch newscasts about the attacks so that I understood how it changed the lives of so many people. Because of the stories about the 9/11 attacks I, as just a six year-old, was able to learn so much. There are people in the world, however, who are not afforded that opportunity to learn more about the world around them, or even about what’s going on in their own backyard. I believe journalists have a job to inform the public about local and global events. From there viewers and readers can use that information to enact change as well as gain a new perspective. I want to show a 15-year old girl in Portland, Oregon who is viewing my broadcast how a 15 year-old girl in Phuket, Thailand lives, and vice versa. I want to be a news reporter because I want a child, or even an adult, to have that “aha moment” I had 13 years ago.

Vote for Imani: 50

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