An Impossibility

Scholarship Entrant: Joe from Boston, MA
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 Joe: 3

Ever since I was young, I revered those who made their living online through hobbies. Given today’s resources, I thought that my dream could be achieved, whether with partnerships with YouTube, streaming on live stream platforms such as Twitch, or even gaming competitively on games such as League of Legends (LoL), and Defense of the Ancients 2 (DOTA 2). Mediums have been created to allow people of all walks of life to make a living almost entirely online, and for as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be one of those entrepreneurs. It’s amazing, how the dream I’ve held is happening for others at this very moment, there are individuals my age that will be competing at an international stage in Korea for LoL. Not even two months ago, DOTA 2 Championships, “The International”, took place in Seattle, with teams invited from all over the globe all vying for a piece of an $11,000,000 prize pool. Truth be told, I’m unable to shape my dream into a reality, as there are plenty of risks involved in pursuing a career that would outbalance the perks of doing so. If I had come from a more financially stable family, I could choose to pursue a riskier future, but I’m not one of the fortunate ones. The entrepreneurs who have done so sacrificed the continuation of their education in order to jump headfirst into a growing career path, and that is a risk I cannot afford to take.

Vote for Joe: 3

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