this is an essay i wrote to be considered for the abbot & fenner business scholarship. the cutoff date was june 15th. i didn't get the scholarship, but i think i did a really good job on this essay. edited by my high school english teacher, john steltz. thank you for your help!
Imagine walking in on the first day of your senior year in high school and not having a clue what you’re going to do after graduation. A few days later, there’s a meeting that involves discussing your post-graduation plans. People are naming off colleges where they’ve applied; some are saying that they’ve gotten acceptance letters already; but when it comes down to your future, you think to yourself “I haven’t even taken the ACT yet.” That was me just a couple of months ago.
Throughout my whole high school career I’ve switched what I have wanted to pursue probably around 50 times. I changed my mind almost every day from lawyer, doctor, or writer to psychologist, AODA specialist, or even just a simple Wal-Mart cashier for the rest of my life. It wasn’t until my first week in my accounting class a foreign idea, to me, began to emerge.
The numbers made so much sense. The work was easier than what I was used to. It was math, and I was good at math. My favorite teacher was the one that was there for me the whole time. “This could be the start of something great!”
The hardest moment of my life was finally getting into gear. This is my senior year of high school. I’ve spent the rest of my high school career having fun and taking classes that looked somewhat interesting, passing them, and continuing on in that fashion. Accounting, from first glance, just seemed like something that would get me nowhere, something that would just be extra math practice, but it turned into something much more than that.
Accounting has unintentionally become my passion. I never would’ve thought in a million years that a profession having to do with MATH would come so easy to me; I never thought life would finally make sense because of numbers. Whenever someone talks about debits or credits, my ears perk up. Finally, after all these years of indecision, the numbers make everything seem sensible.
One day I was asked what I saw myself doing in 10 years. I never really knew what to say besides, “In a house, married, with some kids, and with a great job.” That ‘great’ job, however, always seemed to supersede my mind and didn’t go much further than that.
I wish now that I had gotten into the Accounting class sooner so I may have taken not just Accounting 1 but also Accounting 2. Going into school this fall, there will be some students that will surpass me by far with their knowledge of general ledgers, accounts receivable, and accounts payable. I suppose it’s just one of those things that I have to overcome.
I can’t think about the things that weigh me down in life, such as not being able to set my mind on something that I love. I have to focus on the things that you I want in life and the things that are important to me. What is important to me is that I receive a higher education, and hopefully make a difference in someone’s life one day. So far, I’m not sure how accounting plays into that but I’m confident that my pursuit of accounting will allow me to reach what is truly important to me.
I think that with the help of this scholarship for tuition, I will measure up to be a great student and hopefully get that “great job” like I see in my dreams. I’m sure that Accounting will take me far in life and I’m excited to see what happens next. With this scholarship opportunity, I will be sure to use it for all it’s worth and continue my education to do something great.