The Peace Corps

I feel my life has been charmed. I grew up in a good home, my family has always supported and promoted a good, healthy lifestyle of school work and extracurricular activities, and when I graduated high school, I had the funds to afford college. I’ve never personally experienced poverty, racism, medical ailments and crime. I think I’ve been pretty lucky thus far.

Because of my fortunate upbringing, I’ve always been intrigued by the Peace Corps. For the last few years since I’ve heard of the program, I’ve wanted to give back to the people who aren’t as fortunate as I am, the people who live in countries around the world who don’t have the opportunities or the resources to do what I’ve done and what I plan to do. It is mind-boggling to me that there are countries that don’t have running water, stable electricity power and medicine, let alone the Internet, automobiles, and other luxuries that Americans and I can take for granted. I want to give back. I want to help give the opportunities and resources to those who don’t, to those who would give their lives for even a fraction of the lifestyle that we Americans have.

I think the Peace Corps will also provide for me a sense of adventure. I want to experience South America, Africa or the Middle East, but I don’t want to do it by being a tourist. I’m interested in immersing myself in the culture, learning its language and living like its locals. I want to foster friendships and with the residents of my host country and get to understand their lives and how they see the world. Such cross-culturalism – with their teaching me and me teaching them – I think will promote a greater sense of peace in the world community. The Peace Corps is one of the few institutions in the world that can offer these types of adventure, and I think I’m ready for the challenge.

At this stage of my life the Peace Corps seems like a logical step. I want to give back to the world community, and since I will have graduated and will not have any familial or financial obligations, now is the perfect step to leave the United States for a new, different life in the Peace Corps. Since I was a child I’ve adored learning about new countries and cultures, meaning that joining the Peace Corps and living in a new country would be absolutely fascinating for me. Also, I am interested in pursuing international law in law school after the Peace Corps, and I think that my time abroad would create a more well-rounded view of the world and further pique my interest in law in the international community. I would like to live among people that I might be helping with international law in my future career, and I think the Peace Corps is the perfect opportunity for that.

This was the second essay I wrote in August 2007 for the Peace Corps application. I’m no longer considering international law as a future career.


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