Going Green

Scholarship Entrant: DeQuentin from Nashville, Tennessee
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 DeQuentin: 1

I’ve always seen myself as a pretty green person. I save every shred of my classwork to be recycled at the end of the year and I can probably count on one hand how many times I’ve littered. However, the first few times I got asked about what I wanted to do with my life, I had a general idea, but never a concrete answer.

Upon my arrival at high school, a three-year Alternative Energy program was just getting off the ground there. Students could study current renewable resources and make biodiesel from things like vegetable oil and soybeans.

My senior project focused on producing fuel-grade ethanol from the fermentation and distillation of the starch present in pumpkins, which became an invaluable experience to me. The knowledge I gained from those years helped me forge my ideals and career choice into an obtainable goal. While knowing the amount of growth this field will have, the impact that I could personally make sealed the deal for me.

The ceiling for the Green Industry is virtually nonexistent. Carbon emissions can be reduced and eliminated, in turn, improving global health. Biodegradable oil can minimize the devastation to local economies whenever unfortunate spills occur. Prices for motor fuels can hit historic lows and wars fought over crude oil can be put to an end.

With what I have been able to do so far, it’s hard not to look forward to what comes next. The possibilities are endless.

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