Living in Freefall

Scholarship Entrant: Zach from Storrs, CT
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 Zach: 22

The first time I jumped from a plane I yelled joyfully, and I looked all around but it was as if my eyes could not see these images at such speeds. My body was overtaken by this sensory overload. When the parachute opened and everything slowed down, I could finally make some sense of what happened.

I literally fell into love. I officially became a licensed skydiver the next summer. I will skydive for the rest of my life, and nothing would make me happier than to help other people experience this ultimate freedom. The freedom of open space. There is no other place in the world where a person can be freer than in the sky.

I will need to first become a certified tandem skydive instructor with over five hundred jumps in order to take first time jumpers on their first skydive. Then, as an instructor I would personally be able to teach and open people up to a new feeling of freedom and a new energy that can propel them to realize any of their dreams.

I strongly believe that I can make people happier and more driven by traveling and introducing people to this ultimate freedom. It will change the world, not because there will be more skydivers on the planet, but because it opens up peoples’ minds to the endless possibilities that there are on this planet. We can achieve anything, even something that seems as impossible as human flight.

Vote for Zach: 22

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