Walking With Heroes

Scholarship Entrant: Linda from Phoenix, AZ
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.
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I have always been that friend who people go to for advice and I get such joy from helping them, knowing that I made an impact, however small, on their life. There is something incredibly rewarding about walking with someone through their trials and leading them out of it a stronger, more confident person. That is why my dream career is to be a military psychologist. I want to go overseas and help our heroes who struggle every day with what they see and do out on the battlefield. That is where their issues begin and very few psychologists are willing to risk going overseas, but if any kind of improvement in the mental health of our military is going to occur then the field is where it needs to happen.
As a military psychologist I want to change how our society views our mentally scarred heroes. The stigma held makes them out to be monsters. That view is unacceptable because of all that our heroes sacrifice. If their issues are treated at the source that will in turn reduce the stigma because our heroes will not be carrying the same burden they would if they did not receive early treatment. In order to make this dream a reality, I am going to finish my undergraduate degree in psychology then go to a military university to get my doctorate and participate in an on-hands internship. Then after receiving the proper training, I will begin walking with our heroes.

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