Jonell Nwabueze

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America prides itself on owning the one thing that other nations scurry to duplicate: The American Dream. Having dual citizenship from both America and Nigeria, I have perspectives as an American and as an immigrant. As an American, I would use the $50,000.00 to invest in financial endeavors, yet at the same time, I would run the risk of making a bad investment and losing everything. Alternatively, as an immigrant, I have seen the limits restricting the impoverished, giving me the perspective to use the $50,000.00 to create hope in the face of mass destitution.

As a Nigerian American living in the 21st century, I have had copious blessings that stem from taking advantage of opportunities that my mother has afforded to me. Most often, people advocate for change; I advocate for opportunity. I have had the opportunity to attend one of the most prestigious schools, where I played the violin for four years, participated in ceramics, cheer, chess club, and diversity council. I broke my school record for track and field six times, and won three state championships. All of my success arose from having the opportunities that before had not previously been accessible to me.

Opportunities provide choices; choices can open doors to a better future. With the assistance of $50,000.00, I would start a non-profit organization entitled "My Opportunity". At "My Opportunity," students from kindergarten through 12th grade would be exposed to various forms of the arts, and to sports with a required tutorial program, and then partner with a mentor with the same interest. My mother inspired me to be well-rounded student, violinist, and sprinter. At "My Opportunity," children like myself, will be given skill sets to enrich their future. Furthermore, if I had $50,000.00, I would invest in providing opportunities that lead to fulfilling students’ dreams.