Making the Change

Scholarship Entrant: Michaela from Cleveland, Missouri
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 Michaela: 29

Imagine standing in front of hundreds of people, trying to convince the entire crowd that your opinion on a controversial subject matters and what you are saying is something that every single person in the room needs to take seriously and share, because what you are speaking about could be the difference between life and death. This controversial subject is not abortion, marijuana, or any political issue that we are facing today. It is depression.
Depression is a disease that affects thousands every year. In 2011 nearly 4,000 people took their own lives because of depression. My dream job would involve speaking to people about depression. I would begin by speaking to large groups of people about the misconceptions that Americans have about depression and anxiety, and why many are wrong. I would speak to students in high schools, as well as colleges, explaining that depression can happen to anyone, just like cancer can happen to anyone. Depression is not prejudice. I would emphasize the importance of recognizing signs and speaking out when the student feels depressed.
I would then organize a small group of individuals that are passionate about changing American’s view on depression. Together we would create support groups for individuals with depression, much like groups like alcoholics anonymous. These support groups would be spread all throughout America, not just in large cities but in rural areas too, because depression reaches everyone. It would then be my goal to spread our support groups across the world.

Vote for Michaela: 29

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