Healing for Hope

Scholarship Entrant: Tyler from Sierra Vista, Arizona
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 Tyler: 11

The human body is truly an incredible machine. It can both generate and withstand great amounts of force. It has an innate ability to heal itself and adapt. It embodies grace, power, and dexterity. I want to use applied knowledge to help people get the most out of their body, to know how to protect it in the process and to help them heal properly in case something goes wrong. An athletic trainer’s job is to prevent, diagnose and treat both acute and chronic injuries. They usually work with sports teams, but are also found working with military and law enforcement, or even in performing arts or occupational therapy settings. Regardless, teaching people how to care for their bodies and helping them do so is my passion.
My first two years of college I spent a many hours each week observing and assisting the Head Athletic Trainer in their daily duties hands-on. I helped athletes recover from injuries of varying degrees. Some had simple sprains, others didn’t know if they’d ever compete again. Words cannot describe the feeling of knowing you helped somebody move their leg on their own again for the first time in months and then break down in tears because now there’s hope that she can play basketball again. The world needs hope, however it can get it. That’s worth taking out loans, and that’s what I’m going to school for.

Vote for Tyler: 11

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