“What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.” This quote attributed to Aristotle reflects the relationship of service to life. Although I have garnered a strong resume of activities and achievements, I am equally proud of what I have given back. Throughout high school, I have been active in the community through day to day activities at work, in school, in my hobbies, and in my church involvement. My first job was as a youth umpire, and I have frequently volunteered for USA Hockey’s Learn to Skate programs designed to teach young hockey players how to play the game. My current job is at a local farm market, and I value local businesses and entrepreneurs. Through my parents’ business, I’ve served for several hours as an academic tutor. At my church, I’ve volunteered with the youth group, Confirmation classes, and been a Vacation Bible School group leader. As the sibling of a brother on the autism spectrum, I often engage in peer support activities at school and church for students with disabilities. In addition, each year I work with my hockey teammates to raise awareness and funds for a different cause each year. We have raised awareness and thousands of dollars for causes including Leukemia research, suicide prevention, and Toys for Tots. After high school, I plan to attend a four-year university. Wherever I attend college, I hope to double-major as well as study abroad. Depending on my college choice, I plan to major in journalism/media studies, English/creative writing, and perhaps political science/history or political communications. I am also considering an academic minor and hope to attain a Washington DC internship and study for a quarter or semester in the Middle East. My career goal is to become a writer. I have continued to challenge myself in high school with focused preparation for future studies in writing and communications. When I graduate from high school, I will have completed ten Advanced Placement courses, as well as honors English courses, an elective public speaking course, and an independent study in creative writing. I want to develop and use my talents, critical thinking, and language skills to tell stories that promote understanding, optimism, community, and patriotism among people. I hope to balance my future career as a writer with commitment to leadership in my surrounding community.