The Next Generation’s Voice

Scholarship Entrant: Danielle from NE Atlanta, GA
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 Danielle: 201

Growing up in a lower middle class home can certainly be considered as an obstacle in accomplishing one’s future goals, but that has never the case for me. From an early age, I developed a passion for all things related to the subject of English. It started as a love to read, I would sit down for hours on end with a book and allow myself to be captivated and pulled into the elaborate world that the author weaved. Reading eventually lead to writing, and I am, to this day, still writing towards my personal goal of publishing an actual book. So, when it came time to think of what I want to pursue in the future, I came to my decision fairly easily. Despite English teachers not being as prestigious as a police officer or a doctor, I believe that the job has the potential to make a real impact on the lives of others.
I would plan on teaching in an area with a low socioeconomic status, partly because I would be able to more thoroughly relate with children that are growing up in the lower middle class. Teaching in these areas would give me the opportunity to show these children that with the right education , their backgrounds will not be a hindrance on their goals. During my childhood, I often felt like I was going unheard and taken for granted by other people just because I was not born into an upper-class home. I ardently feel that no human being deserves to feel this way, and I stand behind the ideal that every single person on this planet can make a difference. I have found my means of making a difference in the form of words, and I would love nothing more than to help those children out there, that feel much like I did when I was their age, find their voice.
An English teacher may not seem to be a world-changing occupation, but I believe that I can show lower-class students that despite their background, they can have a voice. I wish to show them that their voices can be heard as loudly as anyone else’s voice in this world, and that they can accomplish anything they set out to do. My goal would be to help these students develop their voices, whether they find passion in English as I have or they find interest in other subjects. I feel as though I would be making a difference in the world by helping the next generations develop their characters regardless of where they came from. So many people think that the only way to accomplish anything is taking action, and while that is certainly true, many forget that voices can move mountains.

Vote for Danielle: 201

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