It's the love and passion we have for New Orleans that will cause a necessary shift towards progress in the future. I come from a large family which has provided a true sense of community within my own home. The importance of hard work and belief in your dreams have always been stressed by my parents, and both aspects have become core values within my life. This has tremendously influenced by work ethic towards academics and ultimately finding ways to further my education. By using this education and the passion I have for my city, I strongly believe I can achieve my dream of a better New Orleans. The New Orleans Scholars program seems like an ideal opportunity to achieve this dream; to use what I've learned in the classroom to help our community progress and keep our city's valuable culture alive. The chance to instill the sense of community, passion, and love I have for New Orleans in others is too rewarding to pass up.