My Calling

Prather Anne Hargrove

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I didn’t know it at the time, but a simple video submission would change my life forever.

Okay, maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but it’s pretty close to the truth.

In case you missed it, I’m talking about the Dr. Pepper Go Teach Scholarship.

The Dr. Pepper Go Teach Scholarship is a partnership between Dr. Pepper and the American Athletic Conference to recognize and reward student-athletes who are majoring in education. They’re looking for students who have a strong passion for education and a desire to teach others.

To be considered, I just had to submit a video explaining why I chose an education major and what I want to do with it. 

And so I did.

I didn’t really think much of it.

But that all changed when I found out that I won the grand prize of $10,000.

When I got the news, I was floored. 

I was excited, grateful, and humbled to be recognized as the grand prize winner.

But more than anything, I was thrilled to know that people are excited for my future, too.

It’s an incredible honor to be recognized in this way.

Looking back on what it took to get here, it all started with a simple video submission.

But to me, it’s obviously so much more.

It’s validation that I’m on the right path and that people believe in me and my passion for education.

And that’s something I’ll never take for granted.

A passion for teaching

I’ve always had a passion for teaching and working with kids. I can’t pinpoint the exact moment I discovered it, but I’ve had a heart for it for as long as I can remember.

In fact, I have my mom to thank for inspiring me to pursue a career working with families and children with special needs.

She’s a speech pathologist, and I remember shadowing her after my freshman year of college. 

It was so special to see her working with kids and changing their lives.

It was in those moments that my passion really came alive, too.

I saw how much of an impact she made on these kids and how much they looked up to her.

I knew then that I wanted to follow in her footsteps and do something similar.

And I realized I wanted to use my education to be an advocate for children and families with special needs.

I want to help these children reach their full potential and be a source of support and encouragement for their families.

In many ways, I feel like it’s what I was called to do, and I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to pursue this passion.

I’ve always believed that the most rewarding thing you can do in life is to make a difference in the lives of others.

For me, teaching and working with kids is my way of making a difference.

To be recognized for that means more to me than I can put into words — which is why I’m so proud to receive this scholarship.

And I can’t wait to see where this incredible journey takes me.

When I got the news, I was floored. I was excited, grateful, and humbled to be recognized as the grand prize winner. But more than anything, I was thrilled to know that people are excited for my future, too. It’s an incredible honor to be recognized in this way. Looking back on what it took to get here, it all started with a simple video submission. But to me, it’s obviously so much more. It’s validation that I’m on the right path and that people believe in me and my passion for education. And that’s something I’ll never take for granted.

A year of opportunity

As I look ahead to what’s next, I can’t help but think about my mom and the influence she’s had on my life. She’s been my biggest supporter and encourager, and I’m so thankful for her.

Similar to her, I’m also pursuing a career in education. 

On top of that, I’m also interning at Children’s Harbor right now. 

Children’s Harbor is a nonprofit organization that works with families and children with serious illnesses. I spent my summer there working with these amazing kids, and it forever changed me.

These kids were going through some of the toughest things imaginable, and yet, they had the biggest smiles on their faces. They were so full of joy and excitement, and it was such a blessing to be a part of their lives, even if just for a short time.

I remember thinking that I wanted to be the person who helped them smile and have fun, even in the midst of their adversity.

It’s moments like these that just reaffirm that I’m doing the right thing.

And now, I’m getting the opportunity to do that every day.

I just finished my swimming career in February, and graduated just a few days ago.

Now, I’ll be taking a year off to work at Children’s Harbor and take some online classes.

I then plan on going back to school in the fall of 2025 to pursue my master’s degree in speech pathology and special needs.

I’m so excited for this next chapter of my life and all the opportunities that await me.

And I can’t wait to see what the future holds.