Meet Piper Wiegert
Because of my difficult experience, and the people that helped me through my illness, my ultimate goal is to help others around me.
Despite struggling for so long with self-confidence, I am now more confident than ever. Today, I participate eagerly in group discussions and voluntarily speak in class daily. I have no problem ordering my own food, I have even become the designated orderer when I am out with my friends. Now I find comfort in doing things alone, not caring if I have to wait in line by myself. I wear fun and colorful outfits, ignoring any strange looks that I may receive. I have taken on leadership roles in multiple clubs, something I never thought I would have the confidence to do. My childlike self has returned and is happier than ever. I no longer hold a such strong value in how I am perceived by others. Instead of being ashamed, I am now proud that I survived such a difficult situation, and instead of hiding that part of my life from others, I am now more than willing to share that part of my life. My mindset has changed from not understanding why I got cancer, to believing that I am capable of anything. Had I not had cancer, I would not be as strong and as driven as I am today. Now, when I look in the mirror, I see experienced eyes, I see a self-assured smile, and I see beauty.
Because of my difficult experience, and the people that helped me through my illness, my ultimate goal is to help others around me. Since being diagnosed with cancer, I have wanted to enter the medical field in order to benefit others. My doctors and nurses had a very large impact on my life, and are the reason that I am still alive today. For that reason, I decided that I wanted to work with kids in the medical field and help kids just as my doctors and nurses helped me. In pursuing a career in Speech Pathology, I will be able to help improve children’s confidence, something I have always dreamt of doing. There are a limited number of schools in the northeast that offer majors in this field, one of them being the University of Vermont.
Out-of-state schools such as UVM create a financial burden that would be heavily improved by a scholarship such as this one.