Hard Rock for a Cause

Scholarship Entrant: Ariel from Baldwin, NY
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 Ariel: 30

Music is a universal language. It manifests itself in many ways across different cultures on the planet. Only a percentage of people can pursue music as a full-time career and not have to live from paycheck to paycheck.
I have loved music my entire life, from Led Zeppelin that my dad blasted to the Caribbean dance music my mother would play at family reunions. In high school, I expanded my interest by learning guitar on my own and joining the school chorus. With this I built a fundamental knowledge of music theory. I always wanted to be a rock star and it was exciting when I realized I was taking the steps to achieve that dream. Rock stars may be idolized, but how would one change the world? Musicians like Dave Grohl heavily inspired me to pursue what seemed to be a far-fetched idea. Without the worry about the financial instability, things would be different. I could literally play anywhere I wanted to. With the publicity of a band like Foo Fighters, that could draw a lot of attention to underdog causes that don’t have the funds to advertise. Camp Anchor is a government run day-camp for children with special needs on my native Long Island that recently has been losing funding. Anchor plays a very important role in the developing lives of those children, and if I could draw attention to a noble cause with an awareness concert, it would mean the world to the families involved.

Vote for Ariel: 30

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