Jennie Barto’s Essay

First off, I would like to thank you for offering this scholarship to West Hawaii high school seniors who plan to study full time in California. This is a very generous scholarship and if I am lucky enough to receive it, it will help tremendously with the costs of my college education. I am very excited for the opportunity to venture to the state of California. Next fall I plan to attend California State University, Chico, where I will pursue a major in Kinesiology, with the hopes of some day becoming a physical trainer, an athletic trainer or possibly a college soccer coach. I feel that this California school will give me an excellent chance to accomplish this high-set goal.

Being born and raised in the beautiful town of Kailua-Kona has definitely shaped the person I am today. As you know, there are not a lot of activities for kids growing up in Hawaii, other then sports and water activities Therefore, I grew up running, swimming, paddling and playing soccer. I fell in love with soccer at age five and always dreamed of playing at the collegiate level. I have accomplished this goal by recently signing a Letter of Intent to play at CSU, Chico. My passion for sports has definitely led me in the direction of a sports oriented career.

I feel that being raised in Kona has prepared me for my life in many ways. Growing up amongst a variety of different cultures and nationalities such as, Hawaiian, Japanese, a mixture of Polynesians, and of course Haoles , I was and am a minority. Since I have grown up within this melting pot  of cultures, I have not considered them to be separate or different from one another, but a blending of cultures that have become the Hawaiian way of life, and therefore a part of my own. It is interesting to see the similarities and differences that come with each culture. It has taught me to respect every way of living although it may not be my own. I feel that college is also a blending of different cultures and nationalities, therefore I feel I will adapt easily .

Another way growing up in Kona has prepared me for life is it has taught me the Aloha Spirit . It has taught me the importance of family, and friends that become family. On the other hand, in some ways I feel unprepared because of Kona s isolation from the mainland . This was a major factor in my consideration to apply to CSU, Chico. I feel I need to experience new adventures, gain new knowledge and expand on life outside of Hawaii. This is what I hope to accomplish throughout my years in California and hopefully be able to give back to the Kona community.

Again, I thank you for offering this scholarship and considering this application.