Your Mind, Your Enemy

Scholarship Entrant: ARELIE from STATEN ISLAND, NY
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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Arelie Estevez

If I could earn a living doing what I love the most it would be counseling. I always saw myself working in the medical field helping people who are in pain whether it is physical or mental my decision to become a Mental Health Counselor is fairly recent. I have been married to my husband, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps for almost 6 years now, and we are currently going through a surprisingly amicable divorce. He is the reason I decided mental health is where I belong. He is diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the beginning I thought it was a façade in order to benefit from disability payments from the military but only seeing the symptoms first hand has convinced me its real. The nightmares, flashbacks and those haunting memories of people he has killed prove that mental illnesses are real. I began to do research on mental disease and came across shocking accounts of people suffering but no one believed them, I write this and it brings tears to my eyes because that was me, it is human nature to not believe in what we cannot see and just because we cant see or measure someone’s suffering does not mean it is not real. So I want to stand up, I want to advocate for people suffering from mental illnesses. Starting there I want change healthcare for everyone. Everyone experiences depression its important to help before it is to late.

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