Writing Can Change You

Scholarship Entrant: Ronald from Hollis, New York
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 Ronald: 1

I’m a writer. I love creating new characters, new worlds and put them in situations with a lot of tension. That’s what a story is and that’s what I want to do. I like telling stories or relaying situations that happened to me to my friends. My stories can be funny, but the longest lasting ones are stories that ask my listener or if I’m published to think. What would I do on that situation? It stays with them in ways that they never knew. How do I know? This happened to me. I watched a lot of television and movies as a kid. They were kids movies or shows, but some have profound insight that is generally lost in the close-minded.

The most influential of all shows is Batman: The Animated Series. That’s a show that taught me that stories can be so powerful to change your way of thinking. One of the best episodes is Almost Got ‘Im. It features a stable of Batman rogues, Joker, Two-Face, Penguin, Killer Croc and Poison Ivy. Each tell a story of how they almost killed Batman. It ranges from the sadistic like Two-Face to the hysterical like Killer Croc’s attempt with a rock. That style of storytelling was so unusual for a kid’s show that it’s never left me. It made me realize that stories are not just for one group, but can touch everyone. It made me want to tell Batman stories that were unique and that’s graduated to telling all stories uniquely. You can inspire someone from a middle income family into a career that’s beyond thought of even his parents.

Vote for Ronald: 1

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