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Scholarship Entrant: Angelica from Kissimmee, Florida
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.
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Most people try to stay away from troubled teenagers, especially those who are in juvenile detentions. You see, those are the ones who need the most attention. They are still growing, learning, and trying to find their way in this world. Ignoring these teenagers won’t help them better themselves, nonetheless understanding that whatever they have done is wrong. Becoming a juvenile detention counselor would give me a chance to help many teenagers from staying in the wrong path. Counseling teens wouldn’t change the world, per se, but it would change many lives.
Earning a degree in psychology will be the first thing to getting started. Then taking a few courses of criminology will be the next step. I would like to revolve my studies in human behavior, and possibly profiling, even though I don’t believe profiling is necessarily needed to be a counselor. It would just give me more knowledge in trying to understand why someone would do something, and more experience in recognizing certain behaviors that you wouldn’t be able to see in person. Which I believe will be very helpful in counseling teenagers since they would have already committed their criminal act prior to being sent into counseling.
Teenagers often feel that they have no one to help them. They feel alone. I would love to possibly be able to create a relationship with these teenagers so that they understand that there will always be someone that cares; someone who actually wants to see them succeed in life.

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