I just finished writing one of my essays for Eugene Lang. It's very short notice as this is due on Saturday but I thought I needed some feedback. It's not before but I don't know what to change or add.
Any thoughts would be very helpful. Thanks!
You have been elected the leader of a new populace. The future is in your hands. Outline a platform on environmental issues, education, and race and ethnicity. Be wise and be creative. (Approximately 500 Words)
Years into the future, a series of devastating natural disasters occur triggering the almost complete extinction of the human race. Politicians, gone. Religious figures, gone. Royalty, gone. There are under 400 survivors in the entire world. All of whom were absolutely ordinary people. The earth is in ruin and the people of it are stuck in hopeless shock. One brave girl, with a bachelors degree in liberal arts from Eugene Lang, The New School, steps up in her well-educated manner and speaks out to the world.
" We have a chance to start from scratch. To take the mistakes of our old world and improve them for the sake of the future. It is our duty." She presents the changes they could make together; inspired by her words, the last humans elect her as their new leader. Together, they begin their journey.
I walked amongst the rest of the survivors in the lifeless streets of what used to be New York City. I had to keep a brave face on for them because they entrusted their entire future in me, but it was difficult. Entire streets ripped apart, cars abandoned, iconic buildings turned to rubble. We had never experienced anything quite like this.
I let myself fall a bit behind of the group, trying to reassure myself that we could do this. I kept my inkling of hope alive by envisioning the future. A future where we weren't entirely dependent on fossil fuels. Where instead we would use geothermals, tide turbines, wind power and solar power for our electricity, energy, and heat. With so few of us, it would be easy to implement these environment-friendly alternatives. We would create the most efficient transportation system and also every person would own a bicycle; eliminating the need for cars.
In the past week I have spent my days laying out the new government platform. I have held group meetings with everyone where we've had discussion upon discussion, picking down to the bone on our policies and issues. We have had our ups and very very extreme downs. The only thing holding our heads up high after the enormous tragedy is our vision of self-sustaining buildings with rooftop gardens, free high-quality education, a simple recycling system, better health care, a self-stimulating economy, and racial and gender equality.
Of the survivors there is a large age range which will benefit our new society. We will need to put an education system into effect as one of our first orders of business. We will have high quality public education provided to everyone because we are building this world together and we all need to be about our wits. We will create public colleges. The public colleges will have a very small tuition fee and will provide stipends to those who need them. We will also have several well-developed programs for job placement and or internships once we are off the ground.
After surviving through the most significant and traumatic tragedy of our time, after seeing our brothers, sisters, and best friends get ripped from our lives by the apocalypse, we were all able to band together as one. As the last humans on earth, we didn't even have the option to keep any racial, ethnic, or any sort of background prejudices we may have once had. What happened between different races before this time no longer mattered because we finally saw that we were all one race; the human race. It was now up to all of us, with me as their elected leader of the new world, to re-create life itself.