Circulating The Message Of Hope

Scholarship Entrant: Heather from Stratford, New York
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: 39

When deciding what I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing at 30 years old, the phrase “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life” came to mind. So, what did I love?

I love all five of my children unconditionally. I love helping parents of special needs children like myself; being able to provide answers about services that New York State offers for our special needs children gives me purpose. I want to have the power to help families.

I wanted to be a social worker.

First, I enrolled in community college to see if I could handle classes with 5 children. After 2 semesters, I achieved a combined 3.92 GPA.

Second, I needed to find every scholarship imaginable to take the financial burden off of my husband; and here I am, on Take Lessons.

Third, I need to graduate with an A.S. and transfer on to SUNY Empire State where I will go on and earn my Bachelor’s in Social Work.

How will I change the world? Slowly but surely, I will become a positive influence for those around me. Positive change is still change, no matter the size of influence. My children now know it’s never too late for your dreams, it’s never too late to become the person you are meant to be. It’s already happening.

In both my own children and in others, as a social worker, I will circulate the message of hope.

Vote for Heather: 39

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