A Skipping Stone

Scholarship Entrant: Shanah from Delray Beach, Florida (FL)
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 Shanah: 109

When a skipping stone is thrown across a lake, it only touches the water in a few places. However, the ripples that the stone causes move outwards, sometimes beyond our vision. Since before I could remember, my dream has been to become a skipping stone, because positively touching the life of even one person can indirectly benefit the lives of others.

It is apparent that we, as humans, have the tendency to live without fully understanding what is really going on “under the hood.” But, when one is ill, they cannot help but question their insides – and this is where the field of health care comes in. In addition to helping others, the field of orthopedics (the medical branch pertaining to musculoskeletal surgery) is a major interest of mine. To tie those two passions together, I am working towards becoming an orthopedic surgeon. Achieving this goal requires me to obtain an undergraduate degree, proceed to medical school, and complete residency in a hospital.

As an orthopedic surgeon, I would be capable of reaching a vast amount of people. And, in a world where service is increasingly becoming impersonal due to technology, I would cherish the ability to personally help others. Be it an elderly woman whose quality of life would be improved by joint replacement surgery, or volunteering my services for those affected by natural disasters, I would answer the call for those in need of aid — and change the world, one person at a time.

Vote for Shanah: 109

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