The Power of Narrative

Scholarship Entrant: Margaret from Maplewood, New Jersey
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 have always been aware of the imperfections in our world – prejudice and greed exist in many places – yet, through the kindness of others, I continue to fall in love with humanity every day. In my current understanding, the key to conflicts is most often misunderstanding and fear; my goal in life therefore lies in increasing worldwide understanding, and thus empathy, so as to make room for social change. For a long time, I wasn’t sure how to reach this goal. Many things fascinate me, and it was confusing trying to pick one career or job. When I arrived at college, however, I found promise in anthropology, which seeks to understand the people of the world. Through anthropology, I can study everything I’m interested in – from architecture to food to literature – through the lens of humanity. My dream way to make a living would be to study human interaction (whether it is the impact of social media on teens or how diets vary across South America) and document my findings in a way that is accessible, evocative, and inspiring to others. Beyond anthropology, I love writing and film-making, and I would love to create narratives so others can experience the understanding and empathy I hope to infuse in my work. People relate to stories, and if I can share stories that expose the perspectives of the poor, or the starving, or the illiterate, then I can share understanding, and a motivation to find solutions for these issues.

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