Humor to the inconsolable

Scholarship Entrant: Kailee from Boise, Idaho
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 Kailee: 2

Living the life I grew up in, I was required to mature very quickly. Although I was still extremely privileged, I was raised by an into a family of very ill people including my mother, aunt, and Nana. Because of this, I learned to find humor and delight in the little things. When my Nana was feeling sick, I would tell her jokes and do anything to see a smile stretched across her lips.
If I could earn a living off of anything, it would be bringing humor to the world. I understand entirely that there is a definitive line drawn between a grave and humorous situation, but what matters the most to me is ensuring everyone can have the happiness they deserve, regardless of their position. When I was 16 and my Nana was preparing to welcome death, she was bound to a hospital bed for weeks. I visited her every day, despite how saddening it was to see her like that. The opportunity to catch a smile behind her oxygen mask was worth all the grief I felt seeing the woman I loved in such a condition, and although she couldn’t speak, I knew she appreciated my efforts.
By helping the world through humor, I hope everyone can learn to smile in situations where most would just give up. I want people to learn from my Nana and smile until their last days on this planet, despite how hard it may be to do.

Vote for Kailee: 2

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