A World Depressed

Scholarship Entrant: Claire from LA VERGNE, TN – Tennessee
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 Claire: 1

Happiness is the most elusive and complex emotion any being can experience. Philosophers and psychologists for years have tried to understand and define what happiness is. Today, more people suffer from the lack of happiness. Almost every person will have to deal with depression in one way or another. Whether it be internal or external, is dependent on the individual.
My plan is to earn a double major in Psychology and Neuroscience. My ultimate goal is to research depression and create better methods for dealing with this illness. The reason I am so driven towards finding a solution is due to my past. When I was a freshman in high school, I attempted suicide. It seemed like the best option for me. I felt like I was destructive to all of those around me and that I did no good for anyone. My mind was clouded and dark. No one should feel the need to end a life, especially at the hands of one’s self. Depression does not play favorites. It does not care about race, gender, or social standing. There is not a single soul on this earth that is truly safe from its terror. That is where I come in. My ambition is to inform the world so it is better prepared for when depression does hit and to give everyone a comfort zone to escape to when depression threatens to rear its ugly head. This is not just a dream, it is my life.

Vote for Claire: 1

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