Addiction Awareness Scholarship Campaign 2020 – Future Aspirations

Name: Shakti Cross

Future Aspirations


have always been interested in human beings and the reasons behind
their actions. With that knowledge, I really want to study either
psychology or sociology. I believe that there is always a reason
behind a person’s actions. The series “Girls Incarcerated” on
Netflix showcases the lives of girls who have been incarcerated. On
the surface, the girls might appear to be violent but on deeper
examination, the viewer gets a broader perspective that reflects
their true potential. The social worker who was assigned to the girls
stood out to me. I was struck by how the social worker affected their
lives in such a positive manner. I was moved to tears. I felt
inspired and for the first time in a while, I was passionate about my
future career. I started researching social work. I didn’t want to
work at a penitentiary but I certainly knew I wanted to be a social
worker for kids. I’ve lived a pretty privileged childhood filled
with love and I would love to share my experiences with others. As
Gandhi said, “be the change that you want to see in the world”.
According to the National Association Ad for the Advancement of
Colored People (NAACP), In 2014, 2.3 million African Americans were
imprisoned, which is 34% of the total prison population. African
Americans are disproportionately incarcerated. A lot of them suffer
at the hands of social injustice and inequality. Mental health &
substance abuse issues also go largely undiagnosed and untreated. I
hope for the future I will be able to learn the tools necessary to
address these issues head-on to enhance the lives of those in my
community and the community-at-large.