“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
More people need art: the thick, anguished brush strokes of a Van Gogh; the high soaring notes of an overture; the whisper and promise of an opening curtain.

And more people need a stage: I am humbled by my and my classmates' potential to give a voice to those who do not have one now.

In college I helped teach dance to Cambridge public school fifth-graders. Dance was the language I shared with these eleven-year-olds, when we had little other common ground. Through the arts, they learned self-expression and self-confidence. The annual dance recital was a moving and riotous event — nothing comes close to the untamed exuberance of 100 fifth-graders about to take the stage.

Access to the arts is a human right and a necessity to global citizenship. After Harvard I will lead arts organizations, to help them grow and impact more lives. In this mission I will be passionate and irrepressible.

I will leave a trail of exuberance in my wake.

— Max Hodges