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Scholarship Entrant: Brianna from Whittier, CA
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 Brianna: 53

I have always felt the need to be there for others when they need someone to speak to. I liken myself to Nick Carraway of Fitzgerald’s masterpiece The Great Gatsby — I am a keen listener and I possess a sensitivity that allows me to determine others’ emotions, wants, and motivations. I have come to realize that I should pursue a career in which I directly help others to overcome their personal tribulations. I have since turned to the subject of psychology — I find the field of psychology to be absolutely enthralling, and I think that it fits my personality and aspirations perfectly. I will be able to help other human beings to live happy, self-fulfilling lives while working as a clinical psychologist.
To achieve this goal, I am majoring in psychology at Whittier College, where I am enrolled as a freshman. I aspire to receive my B.A in three years, and I plan to have stellar grades and a long history of community involvement so that I may be offered admission into a top-notch graduate university. My dream is to earn my M.A from a school such as Columbia University, and eventually my Ph.D. from an equally prestigious school. I hope that my education will lead to me becoming a clinical psychologist with my own practice, so that I may nurture others’ lives and offer them a new world perspective. The gratification I would garner from this would outweigh any paycheck I might receive.

Vote for Brianna: 53

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