Shannel

Shannel

I was born in Washington Heights, Manhattan but moved to Paterson, NJ at the age of four. Growing up, my family moved around a lot and I struggled finding a place I could call home. Fortunately, I have learned how to adapt to different environments and consider each new city to be my home; I also learned to communicate with a variety of people and understand that every person I meet can impact my life.

As a marketing student at Montclair State University, minoring in pre-law, my dream is to help people feel “infinite.” In other words, I do not want people feel limited; instead I want them to embrace all of life’s possibilities. And based on the people I have met who are truly happy with their careers, I concluded that the best way to feel “infinite” is by achieving one’s dreams. This passion led me to create the “Your Dream Matters Project” in 2013, where volunteers and I painted people’s dreams on walls. We painted five murals in more than two hundred hours, giving the dreamers hope–a way to feel infinite. While I fulfilled my Girl Scout Gold Award through this project, I realized that I must find a practical way to help people live out their dreams. In order to do so, I will attend law school and become something greater than myself–the best environmental lawyer possible. I want to represent the environment and the people trying to converse it; but most importantly, I want to use the legal system to educate people about the importance of a healthy planet which will further help them to appreciate every aspect of life–help them feel infinite. When I was younger, the people I knew comprised my story; but as I get older, I am learning to consider things, living and non-living, as a part of my story as well.

I am more than ready to devote my life to changing lives and conversing the planet as much as possible along with other like-minded world-changers.

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