The Blueprint

Scholarship Entrant: Niko from Phoenix, 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 Niko: 14

The stereotype of the starving artist does not daunt me from my pursuit of happiness. I am a rapper and a poet and I plan on enlightening my peers through rhythm and poetry. I am not simply pursuing my passions for the way they make me feel. As a poet I am just an instrument to convey all the truth and beauty I can find in the world and bring it to you. Each verse I write is inspired and imbued with conceptual substance and emotion.
It is my wish that my words could alter pop culture to forget the materialistic, misogynistic objectification that so many of my contemporaries glorify. I would show the kids that to be happy and personally satisfied is more important than mimicking Hollywood. I want to get my fellow human beings reading and thinking and forming their own opinions on the societies we live in. I hope my imaginative observations can expand their horizons to take notice of the ugly things in life, and appreciate the beautiful parts of it as well.
This summer I am creating my first album, which I will give away at my university for free. In the future I plan to tour the country, doing free shows in public spaces to build community cohesion, bring music and poetry and art back to the forefront of people’s attention and lives, and basically, to help people enjoy the world a little bit more.

Vote for Niko: 14

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