Next Generation of Leadership

Essay Prompt

Helen Keller once said, “The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest worker.” Whether you aspire to be a hero or an honest worker, what impact do you want to have in the Pomona community, your community back home, or any new community? (200 words or less)

Sample Essay

He clutched my hand and refused to let go. He repeated his request that I take him with me. This four-year old boy had been my shadow for the entire time we’d been at this refugee camp and he had made up his mind that I wasn’t going to leave without him. But I had to, so I gently disengaged my hand from his and fought my tears in order to leave him with a smile of encouragement.

This moment was only one of many broken-hearted moments I experienced as I worked alongside family and friends distributing food to my fellow Kenyans during the humanitarian crisis precipitated by the Kenyan Election Crisis of 2008. Living through this crisis was a turning point for me. It sparked my interest in politics and economics and it gave me a direction for my life.

I believe that it is my responsibility to equip myself to be one of the next generation of Kenyan leadership. I intend to devote myself to ensuring that I never have to leave another four-year child living in a refugee camp without the basic necessities and whose future is, at best, uncertain. One is enough.

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