2018 Scholarship Winner

Essay

Kimberly K.

(I will be referring to both sexes as he, but this is in no way meant to be sexist concerning addiction.) Through my course of study at Trident Technical College, I have acquired a plethora of skills. I am an alcoholic and addict. I have been sober for 5 years. I volunteer at the same Recovery Center that I was admitted to in January of 2013. While attending Trident Tech., as well as volunteering, I have learned the first step in gaining the trust of another alcoholic or addict is to empathize with them. All people need to feel as if they are genuinely being heard in a conversation; I plan to learn how to become a better listener. I can pick up on verbal and nonverbal cues when being an active listener. I also plan to fine tune my skill of recognizing signs and symptoms of a person who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It is one thing to 'pick up' on someone's behavior within a secluded recovery center, and yet another to notice these signs in my community. What better way to help my fellow South Carolinians than to develop a keen eye for someone who is suffering from this disease. My extroverted personality will allow me to approach a person who is under the influence and offer help. If this person is receptive of my help, he could begin desiring a freedom from the life of addiction. This person could go on to be a Doctor, Lawyer, Scientist, or even the President of the United States. He could become a better father, brother, son, or husband; one of the cornerstones of this great country is family. If I help 10 alcoholics or addicts and they go on to help 10 more, and so on, the entire state of South Carolina could become one of this countrys healthiest states whereas addiction is concerned, all because I decided to apply the skills I learned at the outstanding establishment of Trident Technical College.