What is your favorite word and why?
To most people, climate change is just an ambiguous term they constantly hear on the news but to me, it is much more than that. In fourth grade I won the school science fair competition for conducting an experiment where I tested the effects of increasing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. I produced a model of the Earth's atmosphere in two containers. In one, I captured oxygen, while in the other, I trapped carbon dioxide. I did not make it to the final round of the competition, but this basic experiment changed my life. This experience was the gateway to my continuous passion for reducing climate change.
This passion led me to create a program to educate younger students about environmental problems . One day at lunch, I was expressing my idea when one of my friends laughed and said "why would elementary school students care about the environment?" Everyone started laughing with her. "You care too much, stop wasting your time," another one of my friends told me as everyone nodded in agreement. I was shocked that my friends thought this way. Ironically, their snarky remarks enforced my determination to succeed. I wanted to show them that they are wrong, that my passion for the environment can enable me to make others passionate as well. A year later, at the end of the 8th session of my program, one student approached me and said "I am going to make sure that everything gets recycled and teach everyone about recycling!" That one remark proved to me that my passion for conserving the environment allowed me to make a difference . Passion is a necessary ingredient to success, it acts as the fuel to drive a person's ambition and that is why passion is my favorite word.
Loved it! You provided an excellent example of how passionate you are in the sciences, environment, and climate change.
At first though, I thought the term "climate change" was your favorite word just because of how you addressed it in the first sentence. (I would've said then that "climate change" is two words).