The Power of Experience

Scholarship Entrant: Annalee from Coralville, Iowa
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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My pursuit to write for a living has taken a lifetime to develop the courage to pursue. I am currently a full time student pursuing entrance into the University of Iowa’s MFA nonfiction writing program. I came to this decision after serving in the US Army Reserves as a carpentry masonry specialist and military police officer, working as a civilian paramedic for over ten years, and an autopsy mortician for nearly five years. I also was a single mother during the majority of these careers and a female minority in those career fields. I have turned a lifetime of writing in my own personal journals to create a safe place to work thru my personal struggles with the human experience in each of these professions into a determination and talent to evolve into a professional writer, currently working on the manuscript for my first book detailing my experiences in autopsy and with grieving families. Specifically, my goals to turn this dream into a reality are to finish a BA in English May 2015, apply to Iowa’s MFA program immediately upon BA graduation, and continue writing all the while. I know that the world will be forever changed in the experience of looking through the lens of my own human experience as an autopsy mortician working through the struggles of life and the demanding reality of tragic deaths. There also is a socially awkward aspect to the humbling experience in caring for the newly deceased and their families in today’s world of glamorous television shows regarding forensic science and death investigation. My writing explores this aspect and works to expose the realistic nature of the process that I know the public needs to experience.

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