Hello friends! Companies and organizations often write to me with information on scholarship opportunities. Here a few that are timely -- so as my 11 year-old daughter would say -- MAKE HASTE! She's right.
BestMattressReviews.com - offering a $1,000 scholarship in an effort to give back to the community while also promoting sleep awareness. This scholarship is available to eligible HS seniors, current college students, and graduate students.
FastWeb -5 Scholarships you can easily apply to TODAY!
TexasScholarships - Sponsored by scholarships.com, access a listing of opportunities specific to Texas.
ScholarshipSeekersSA - This organization specializes in curating grants and scholarships from San Antonio companies and private donors.
Scholarships4Women - Got an X chromosome? If so, you might qualify for these scholarships.
Alamo Colleges District - Here is a list of district opportunities. But, each individual college in the district also has their own scholarships as well.
Cafe'CollegePartnershipSA - Really cool organization that wants nothing more than for you to go to college. Free services every step of the way!
There you have it....make haste!!
Check out this list of trade scholarships from James @ Intern Solutions! I don't know about you. But, FREE is definitely in my price range!! Thanks, James!!
Here at Intern Solutions, we connect students and other young adults with job solutions every day, and lately, we’ve noticed a fantastic trend: more and more people are opting for a trade rather than a white collar career. And our team couldn’t be more thrilled about it! Not only do these careers fulfill a passion for their employees, but they are and always will be in high demand.
I think about it this way: if I had a home repair project I wanted done or car trouble I needed addressed, there is no way — no WAY — I would have the skills to get the job done myself. And I know I’m not alone.
With that in mind, we’re working on a campaign to share scholarship opportunities available to aspiring trades workers. Following are some great ones that I’ve found, and that I hope you’ll consider sharing on your site.
2017 Technicians in Residential Plumbing, HVAC or Electrical Scholarship & 2017 Troops to Trades Training Grants and Scholarships
2017 Skilled Labor Shortage Scholarship
Women in Skilled Trades Scholarship Program
National Housing Endowment Student Scholarships
World Plumbing Council Scholarship Program
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air-Conditioning Engineers Scholarships
Here’s to all of the skilled trade workers out there, and those who someday will join their ranks!
James Mitchell // email@example.com
By Professor Paige Davis
You’re likely familiar with the adage, “no two snowflakes are alike”. The same premise is true regarding the way in which you learn best. When you have an awareness of your individual learning strengths and preferences, you are empowered to use this knowledge to your advantage. You can be much more deliberate (and effective) in your study methods and make more informed decisions about course selection, professors, course formats, etc...
It has only been over the past 20 years that educators recognize that no two learners acquire information best in the same manner. Thankfully, a couple of super smart educators realized the beautiful, remarkable uniqueness that is you as a learner (and every other living soul) and engaged in extensive research to develop a clear set of four primary learning styles, or preferences:
Many people are multi-modal learners, such as myself, which means a well represented combination of two or more learning styles. However, it is common for most learners to learn best with one learning style as dominant. For example, my dominant learning style is kinesthetic with read/write coming in as a close second. What’s your learning style? Find out by taking the VARK QUESTIONNAIRE which will identify your learning style or styles(s). Be sure to select all that apply for each question. You should have anywhere from 1 to 4 selections for each question.
Once you have identified your learning style(s), you can leverage this knowledge to your benefit. Here are tips and suggestions to maximize your educational experience by increasing effectiveness and efficiency.
Ready for a dose of reality? Chew on these stats…
Feel like you’ve been kicked in the gut? You should. And I totally get it. My personal harsh reality is that I will still be repaying student loans when my own children are in college. Nice. If I had it to do all over again, I would spend A LOT more time researching scholarship opportunities. Why you ask? Because scholarships equal free money, as in you don’t ever have to pay it back money, which is absolutely my favorite kind of money!
Scholarship eligibility ranges all over the map. The good news is that no matter who you are, you are eligible to apply for some types of scholarships. It’s just a matter of finding them.
Lucky for you, the folks at OutsideScholarships are at this very moment working tirelessly on building the ultimate scholarship database for current and prospective college students. They’re still working on populating the site and optimizing its search features. But, they wanted to let you know about some of their favorite scholarships that they’ve found so far. Check them out and pass them on. Thanks Joe from Outside Scholarships!!
2015 Society of Women Engineers Scholarships
NSHSS Foundation STEM Scholarships
2015 Green Home Improvement Scholarship
DIY Home Repair Scholarship (2015)
2015 Business Management Scholarships
American Psychological Association Scholarships, Grants and Awards
Free money? Sign me up! Twice.
A grandmother is by far, without a doubt, hands down the very BEST kind of mother. No disrespect to my own mother, or any other mother for that matter. It’s just that a grandmother, by her very nature, is a true and pure embodiment of the most precious of traits and characteristics that we treasure in our own mothers. But, so much more. And, then some...to the 3rd power…with sugar on top.
By social convention, a grandmother is thought to be soft spoken, pleasantly tolerant and traditional. Grandmothers are old-fashioned and proper in every way; in word and deed. They love to cook and they bake pies…lots of pies and they always wear an apron. It goes without saying that a grandmother is always agreeable, and is absolutely devoid of judgment or opinion.
While this may describe the common typecast of what a grandmother should be, it’s certainly not my grandmother! No, Henrietta Roussell was a true original…a one-of-a-kind. So unique and special, in fact that no contrived description of a grandmother could ever actually apply to her at all. She broke the mold and I can prove it.
Exhibit A: There was absolutely nothing soft-spoken about Henrietta Roussell, otherwise known as “MawMaw” by her grandchildren. She was sassy, matter of fact, unapologetically honest & virtually impossible to argue with. My PawPaw recounts a famous and frequent argument between the two of them where she accuses him of failing to pass on some random piece of information. “If you had told me, I would remember,” she insisted. How can you argue with that? You don’t. Genius.
Exhibit B: Mawmaw was indeed old-fashioned. But, only because she was, in fact, “old” by comparison to her grandchildren. A far more accurate description of her true character would be “contemporary”. As a curious child, I once asked her how she and my PawPaw met. Without hesitation, she proudly replied, “I picked him up at bar.” After I pulled myself up off the floor, she went on to very confidently brand herself a “cradle robber” since Pawpaw was in fact two years her junior. I would describe this behavior as nothing short of the cusp of modern feminism and extremely progressive for her time.
Exhibit C: Regarding the pies…yeah…there were no pies. But, Mawmaw definitely liked to eat pie and would gladly enjoy a slice or two just as long as somebody else made it. There were no aprons….But, there were nightgowns, lots of nightgowns (sometimes known as “moomoo’s). I don’t care what anybody says. It may not have been trendy or popular, but I think wearing a nightgown for the better portion of a day is completely fashion forward. It’s also very efficient. I also have it on good authority that cooking for her family was actually NOT the greatest joy of her life. As a mother, it takes real courage to admit something like that. As demonstrated, she was absolutely fearless.
Exhibit D: Mawmaw was faithful and recited the rosary and her prayers several times though out the day. I know this for a fact because it didn’t really matter what time of day or how often you called, her standard response to the question, “How are you doing today?” was always, “I’m just sitting here praying for all you sinners.” Although that might come across as being a bit judgmental, it was actually incredibly selfless. Instead of praying only for herself, she always remembered “us sinners” in a most self-sacrificing manner. This is altruism at its finest.
Clearly the mold was broken following the creation of Henrietta Agnes Goulas Roussell. Thank goodness, because I wouldn’t have wanted her any other way. She represents the most elite within the grandmother population…exceptional and irreplaceable in every way.
My grandmother is very much a part of who I am. She’s a part of all of us who were privileged enough to know her. I take comfort in knowing that we keep her memory alive as we share her likeness with our own children. They, in turn, will pass on her likeness to their children & to their children’s children and so on… keeping her memory alive for all eternity. Although she no longer walks among us, she will live forever in our hearts.
Happy Mother’s Day, Sugar Lips. Rest in Peace.
It’s difficult to describe Latin as a “dead” language when the beauteous harmony of choral music most definitely seems alive as melody effortlessly rolls through the air. One of my most treasured memories of attending Birkmann Chapel each day at Concordia Lutheran College was sitting and listening to the choir sing from the choir loft in the back of the chapel. Although I was technically in the choir, there was just something about being a listener versus being an actual singer that persuaded me to, dare I say, skip my chapel choir duties on occasion. I loved hearing, but not being able see those who are singing. After all, it really didn’t matter who was singing. What mattered was what they were singing about and the sweet sounds that filled the room. I don’t recall many of the hymns. But, I do recall the harmony of the voices as they converged with the bellow of the pipe organ, also in the choir loft. I remember the peace I felt as I fixated on nothing but the serenity of the melodies that enveloped me within those chapel walls.
It didn't matter what was plaguing me in my life in that moment. All of my worries melted away in the tranquility of the music. I learned that music was the great tamer of the savage beast that is my mind, which can often be my own worst enemy. Sometimes it felt as though my mind was like 50 different television stations on simultaneously, each station starring a different personal situation, relationship, course, project, conversation, problem, hope, worry, something that happened 10 years ago...you name it, it was playing in my brain.
It wasn't always this way. But, just as in anyone else's life, there were times when stressful situations just seemed to compound, especially during mid-terms and almost always during final exams. I wish I has known about the healing power of music as a freshman. Fortunately, I got wise by the time I was a senior.
PERSONAL CHALLENGE 1- Pandora. Go to it and find the choral music category and set to play. Put your cell phone & all other devices out of reach with the explicit intention of depriving yourself of them for at least the next 10-15 minutes. Now just sit. Sit and listen. This might be difficult at first…perhaps painful. Do it anyway. It doesn’t if you are Muslim, Jewish, Christian, or nothing at all…just listen to the music and the incantations. And think. And let your mind wander. Let it be okay to let your mind wander. Have an original thought. Have an epiphany. Think about your life. Think about your relationships. Think about something. Think about anything. Think about the importance of introspection. Think about how annoying Pandora commercials are when you’re totally in the zone.
Forced solitude, with or without music, is hands down the best medicine for a mind that is difficult to tame. Aside from my epiphanies at Birkmann Chapel, weekly walks at Wild Basin Preserve sans all electronics, completely unplugged, forced to be alone with my own thoughts and nature...hands down the most beneficial growing experience of my life during my college years.
PERSONAL CHALLENGE 2 - Next time you are driving by yourself in your car, lock your cell phone in your trunk and keep the radio/CD/Pandora/anything media player off for the entire duration of your commute. Drive in silence...complete silence, although talking to yourself is absolutely allowed. The first few minutes might seem like hours because you'll be experiencing withdrawal-like symptoms. For example, what on earth will you do with your hand that usually holds your phone?! It's ridiculous awkward no doubt. I recommend using that seemingly purposeless hand to hold the other side of your steering wheel. Now it's time to just think. Don't worry. Something will inevitably come to you. No worries if you feel as though your initial thoughts are of little consequence...they will evolve. And don't worry if you continue to feel wildly uncomfortable. This is normal. Just stay the course.
By the time you reach your intended destination, perhaps you gave a pertinent issue the thought that it deserves, or perhaps you forced yourself to think about something that you been actively avoiding. Whether you solved world hunger or simply scratched the surface of issue that has been requiring your attention, you made progress, which is something to feel good about. Technology and media are valuable additions to our society But, don't forget the power of the unplug and what if can do for you in terms of personal growth by purposeful introspection.
Just unplug it. I double dog dare you.
Re-posted by popular demand :)
1. Verify your enrollment status – Seriously! Just because you registered for classes before the break doesn't necessarily mean that you are still in fact enrolled in your selected courses. Where there are humans, there are mistakes. I've known a ton of students who thought they made payment before the deadline, but did not, thus being purged from the course roster. Any number of issues could kink up your course schedule. So, double check your enrollment status now. You’ll have time to salvage some semblance of a semester if you catch it now.
2. Get the text book – Most schools have dedicated instructor websites that contain specific textbook requirements for the courses they teach. Contact the professor directly if you are unable to locate the information you need. FYI: Professors may or may not use the same texts for the same class. For example, just because Prof. Smith uses a certain text for COMM 101 doesn't necessarily mean that Prof. Brown uses the same text for COMM 101. Check out your options for purchasing your textbook…the campus bookstore is likely the most convenient, and likely the most expensive. Check out these additional online purchasing OPTIONS and order early during the week to ensure you receive your book by the first day of class (second class session at the latest). Most of your professors won’t care why you don’t have your book in a timely manner. They'll just expect you to have it. Click HERE to get 5% off your Chegg.com purchase.
3. Know the lay of the land – Be sure you know the specifics in regards to the location of your face-to-face classes BEFORE the first day. Use the school’s website to verify the campus, building and classroom designation for each of your classes. It’s also a good idea to have a plan for parking (which lot is most convenient) and a sensible route for moving from class to class. FYI: There is no such thing as the “TBA” building…that’s right…it doesn't exist. “TBA” stands for “To Be Announced,” which means you will be able to access this information on the first day. Updated room assignments are typically posted in several conspicuous locations around campus. When in doubt, find an administrative office and get help.
4. Get to know your professor – If a specific professor has been designated as your course instructor, seek out more information about said instructor. It’s always good to know a little bit about their background, teaching experience, academic pursuits, etc… You may be able to access their curriculum vita (resume’) on the college website. It probably isn't a bad idea to check out their profile on ratemyprofessor.com, either. Just keep in mind that these ratings are highly subjective. However, some of the information may prove to be helpful. For example, if several ratings indicate one of your professors deducts point for tardies and/or absences (cringe), you better make double sure that you adhere to their attendance policy. Each professor has different expectations. If you’re smart, you do your very best to find out what those expectations are and then deliver nothing less. Dr. Yvonne Estes, who taught my “Becoming a Master Student” course at Austin Community College (100 years ago) said, “you find out what the professor wants, and then you give it to them.” She was right.
5. Make direct contact for special circumstances – Most professors are overwhelmed with meetings and course preparation tasks the week before classes start. They likely will not have the time to respond to 200+ “Hello, my name is…” e-mails and/or phone calls (but, do introduce yourself on the first day of class). However, you should contact them sooner rather than later under certain circumstances. For example, if you have accommodations through the Americans with Disabilities Act (section 504), it’s always a good idea to send your professors a friendly e-mail which also includes some information about your specific accommodations prior to the first class session. Successful accommodations happen when a partnership is established between the student and the professor. Help your professors know how to help you. You should also contact your professor directly before classes begin for other special circumstances such as a planned business trip during the semester, you have a baby due in three weeks, you are serving active military duty, you are overseas (online students), etc…
Here’s to a great semester! Make it happen! If something is worth having, it's worth working for!
"The world is a book & those who do not travel read only one page.”
- Saint Augustine
Original Text: If you are fortunate enough to have travel opportunities come your way, take every one of them! Even a simple road trip can be a wonderful opportunity to broaden your horizons, and increase your frame of reference by gaining a bit of culture. Most colleges have travel experiences as part of the curriculum for gaining college credit. I traveled to Canada, Belize, France, The Netherlands, Germany and the Grand Canyon during my college years and I treasure these experiences.
Commentary: White walls serve a purpose. You can learn a great deal within the confines of four white walls...and you absolutely should. But, the traditional "brick and mortar" classroom is certainly not the only kind of classroom that you should experience. Just ask any of my former students and they will tell you (hopefully) that:
Frame of Reference = The sum total of your entire life's experience
Perceptually, your frame of reference is everything. It's how you make sense of the world. It's a lot like a sensory database of everything you have ever seen, touched, smelled, heard & tasted...every seemingly insignificant experience you have ever had. From a cognitive perspective, a wide and diverse frame of reference has a ridiculous impact on communication, creativity, problem-solving skills, relationships, etc... Yeah...it's kind of a big deal.
While traditional classroom learning absolutely increases your frame of reference, nothing compares to the sensory symphony of learning new concepts by experiencing them first hand. I highly recommend it! I took a class called "History and Culture of Germany" during my senior year at Concordia. We had several face-to-face class sessions within the confines of four white walls where we spend a good deal of time looking at slides of German architecture, art, historical sites and the like.
The second portion of the class was a German immersion experience. The entire class traveled to Vechta, Germany and for one month we lived like the Germans live. We lived with German families, ate German food, spoke the German language (me...not so much) & attended the German university. Experience proved to be a most incredible teacher. There was no better way to learn about the German culture than by experiencing it for myself.
I'm not at all German and I don't practice and/or embrace any traditional German customs that I know of (although, I do love a good goulash). However, increasing my knowledge base of German culture also increased my world view, and thus increased my overall frame of reference. Having experienced life the way Germans do gave me a greater sense of who I am as I live the "American life" because it gave me something to compare it to. Frame of reference, my friends...go out and get some!
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor.
...the 1st in a series of who knows how many...
STUDENT: “I wasn't here for the last class session. Did I miss anything important?”
WHAT YOUR PROFESSOR WANTS TO (and may) SAY: “No. I don’t cover important topics in class. I really don’t even know why we have class at all since nothing ever happens, let alone anything of importance.”
COMMENTARY: As professors (I'll go ahead and speak for all of us), we are generally offended by this question because it essentially insults what we do as a profession. Professors think that everything they do in the classroom is important, or they wouldn't do it. We understand that what you really mean is something like, “did I miss anything that will affect my grade.” But, that isn't at all how your question is interpreted.
SOLUTION(S): Don’t miss class. If you must, ask a fellow peer to fill you in. It really isn't your professor’s responsibility to get you up to speed. If you feel you need to speak directly to the professor about your absence, try starting the conversation something like this, “I apologize for my absence ‘insert good reason here’. I know that I missed a lot. I was able to borrow the class notes from ‘insert name of peer’. Do you have any other suggestions?”
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Prof. Paige C. Davis