The Power of Words

Scholarship Entrant: Triston from 30519 (Zip), Georgia
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 Triston: 1

If I could do anything in the world, it would be to teach Spanish in a traditional classroom setting. Before I had started learning in high school, I had very limited exposure to any foreign language, and often renounced the alien quality of anything that wasn’t American. However, the empowerment I felt to, slowly but surely, gain access to a whole other world has entirely changed my perception of other cultures and language. Previously, that perception was entirely superficial and arrogant, fueled by a fear of anything unlike me. Luckily, my exposure to Latin culture in school taught me to feel humbled by that which I don’t understand. The appreciation I have for my teacher has influenced me to pursue a career in education. I know that I’m capable of broadening others’ horizons as well, of bringing people together instead of keeping them separate with misunderstanding. All and all, when it comes down to my contribution to the world, I would be grateful knowing that I enabled two people, who would otherwise be incapable of communicating, to share ideas and emotions through language. Though it may seem small, the cascading effect of perceptual awakening would make for a more harmonious and cultured world. To know I contributed to this would give me more than enough sense of purpose.

Vote for Triston: 1

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