Reading; An Escape from Reality

Scholarship Entrant: Sarah from Manchester, NH
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 Sarah: 40

To read is to escape reality; to be able to live in a different world for as long as the book lasts is a love of mine. I believe reading provides someone the ability to learn of new places, people, and things. A love of reading is diminishing as technology increases, so why not share my love of books with school-aged children as an occupation?
I would research and visit schools that have the lowest reading and writing scores; bringing with me age appropriate books to share. Whether done in assembly or classroom form, I would read to the children. I believe that if one shows excitement about something, the excitement becomes contagious.
I understand that not all of the children would develop a love of books, but imagine the benefits reaped for those few faces that light up. Reading has a multitude of advantages. Spelling and grammar would improve, knowledge of foreign places and things would grow, and creativity would thrive.
Reading is a fundamental of life. If it is not encouraged it is as if we are denying children the right to explore mystical creatures, imaginary places, and other unworldly things. As I lifelong occupation that would change the world I would choose reading, merely for the impact it has on every person, no matter the age.

Vote for Sarah: 40

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