Dog Delight

Scholarship Entrant: Ryan from Chicago, Illinois
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 Ryan: 67

When I imagine what I love doing most, I’m flooded with feel-good images. Of these memories, three are most prevalent. The first are the times that I’ve been a source of happiness for others- be it through gift-giving, sharing a laugh, or being of comfort in times of need. Next are the experiences I’ve had outdoors, such as when I’m hiking, camping or traveling. Finally are any time I’ve spent with a dog! As much as I’d like to adopt, I’m not in a position to give a pet the attention he deserves, so I spend a lot of my free time taking my friend’s dogs for walks! During stressful times in school I’ve found the best way to relieve my tension and relax into a better state of mind is to spend time with forever excited, loving and comforting animal.
Dogs, among other animals, are well known for their healing abilities. Nursing homes and hospitals have therapy dogs and some colleges bring puppies in during exam weeks to relieve stress.
If I could spend time doing what I love most, I would work to create a startup which connects college students to jobs. I would create a website in which students and owners could have profiles and sign up for times in which the student could walk the owner’s dog for a nominal fee that is applied towards their education. In doing this, students would relieve stress, owners would contribute to the community, and dogs would get needed exercise!

Vote for Ryan: 67

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