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Scholarship Entrant: Heather from Sherman oaks, California
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 Heather: 4

My name is Heather Steel. I am 21 years old, and I plan on attending UEI college for medical billing and coding; these may be the only conventional things about my story.
I was raised by a single patent who was also a medical doctor. My sister and I grew up in conference rooms off cafeteria food. Our drawings were intended for my mother’s patients, not her fridge. I was raised with compassion. I was taught at a young age to look at a person standing up right and a person in a wheel chair the same. I was taught to look past mental and physical disabilities to see a person not a problem.
I now live in California over 3,000 miles away from my mother in Florida, but I’ve never lost her compassion. Addiction is an issue very close to my heart; this disease touches many people that I love. I have devoted much of my free time to helping people who are suffering: visiting treatment centers, talking on the phone, providing books, giving time and above all showing compassion to those in need.
While pursuing my schooling, I plan on continuing to help us. I believe the compassion my mother taught me can be taught to others. We must first be shown compassion in order to give it to others. I believe that compassion multiplies. If I could earn a living showing compassion, I believe that it would change the world by creating more and more compassionate people. Changing the world starts with our friends, our families and our communities. I believe that the world can be changed one small act of kindness at a time.
I plan on achieving my goal by practicing compassion. I know it is impossible to be completely compassionate at all times, but I plan on try to be kind and loving on a regular basis with the hope that it will encourage others to do the same. I appreciate your consideration and considerate an honor to have shared part of my story with you.

Vote for Heather: 4

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