13 Thoughts You Have Filling Out Scholarships, As Told By "Parks and Rec"

13 Thoughts You Have Filling Out Scholarships, As Told By "Parks and Rec"

New year, a new opportunity for college kids to get money for their education.

New year, new opportunities for college kids to get some money for college! The best way to do that is through scholarships. I know my high school offered a bunch and I applied for all that I could. It can be really frustrating but also very rewarding (for some people). Here are some thoughts you may have while filling out those stupid scholarships.

1. Today is the day that all scholarships are posted

*tries not to panic*

2. There are so many to look through, you are overwhelmed

We have all been there. Take a deep breath and take it one application at a time.

3. When you see you're eligible for a really unique scholarship

Some get really specific like you have to be a woman from the state of Illinois that is majoring in something really complicated. It's the best feeling to see that you are eligible for that!

4. Or when you read a scholarship and it asks for three letters of recommendation, a two-page paper, and a background check

True story. I definitely had a scholarship application that asked me for a background check.

5. When you wait until the last possible minute to complete a scholarship application and you stay up very late.

Don't do that to yourself. Plan ahead and save everyone the chance of meeting the grumpy you that no one should have to meet.

6. When a scholarship application asks "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?"

How the heck am I supposed to know!? I am a young adult who doesn't know what I am going to have for breakfast tomorrow morning!

7. When it also asks, "Why do you deserve this scholarship?"

Because I worked my butt off to keep up my grades, get involved in extracurriculars, community service hours. All I need is money. Please.

8. That moment you realize that the scholarship is renewable for all four years

Andy's expression says it all.

9. After you submitted your scholarship applications, you get an email asking for an interview!

Best. Day. Ever.

10. The day of the interview has come and you are so incredibly nervous

It happens to us all.

11. But you get out of there and feel like you crushed it!

*happy dance!*

12. Now we wait...

The longest one to two weeks of your life!

13. If all goes well, you will get that lucky congratulation letter in the mail saying you got it!

No matter if you got the scholarship or not, be proud of all the hard work and determination you put into it! Be proud that you had the GPA to apply! It's stressful but it'll be over soon.

Cover Image Credit: @nbcparksandrec

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12 Signs You're A Nursing Student

Other than the fact that you're constantly seen in scrubs.

Nursing school is...an adventure. There is nothing quite as exciting or draining as going through the process of becoming a nurse. Some days you're helping to care for tiny babies, and then other days you're off doing wound care for pressure ulcers. Nursing school is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you're gonna get.

There are some key signs in people that show when they're in nursing school. I know my friends and I definitely have these characteristics (whether we want them or not).

1. Your body has no concept of time. Night shift, day shift, there's no time for sleeping. There's no time for anything but studying and work. What day is it? You don't know unless there's an exam.

2. You're addicted to coffee because of the lack of the whole time concept. You can drink coffee and fall asleep right after finishing the cup. Does coffee even work anymore? Does it matter? Oh well, still going to drink the entire pot.

3. Nothing phases you. Poop? Vomit? Yeah, no. I have cleaned up a friend's vomit without even questioning it.

4. You freak out about exams like no other. What do you know? What do you not know? What is pharmacology and why does it hate you? Why doesn't your brain understand neurology? How do you study 10 lectures in one week? WHAT WILL BE ON THE EXAM, JUST TELL US, PLEASE.

5. You can talk about anything during a meal without getting grossed out. Except your non-nursing friends do get really grossed out. You have to filter your conversations when you're at lunch with them. All your friends say things to you like:

6. Your friends never see you. You're either hiding in your room studying, going crazy in clinicals, or working your life away. "Hey, want to hang out?" "Yeah, I'm free next month...actually, next year is better for me."

7. You have two forms: study hyper-drive super-human and half dead maybe-human. "Ahhhhhhhh, gotta study, gotta study! *stays up until 5 am studying*" versus "How am I still living? *passes out facefirst into bed*."

8. You have a very odd habit of complimenting people's veins.

9. You use therapeutic communication during regular daily life. But you don't ask why. "How does that make you feel?"

10. You spend a lot of time during lectures wondering if anyone else is as confused as you. Somebody explain endocrinology to me? Hemodynamic stability? Anyone?

11. You constantly ask yourself why you chose the major you chose, but you know you care too much to change majors. There's no turning back for you.

12. But most importantly, you understand that no matter how much school sucks, you're going to be making a major difference in so many lives. And that's what really matters.

Cover Image Credit: Elissa Lawson

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13 Thoughts Broadcast Journalism Majors Have When Piecing Together Their First News Story

Quiet on the set.


So you've decided that you want to be a Broadcast Journalist?

Many different thoughts go through you're while trying to first off figure out what story you want to pursue. After that, it's just a matter of getting everything that is needed for it and then putting it together.

For all clarity and purposes, I have already turned in my first news story, however as I was completing it, some (if not all) of these thoughts (or a variation of them) came across my mind at some point during the process.

1. Ok, so what are the important parts to my story?


And how do I convey those things to my viewers?

2. What b-roll should I get?

B-roll is supplemental or alternative footage intercut with the main shot.

3. Do I have all the interviews I need?


Who are the essential figures in this story?

4. What's my angle? How do I stick to it?

camera angle

Who do I need to interview for it?

5. What questions should I ask in my interview?


And more importantly, What type of questions will get me the answers I want?

6. What are the important facts?


Should they all be included?

7. Do my voice overs cover everything that my interviews don't?


What else is needed for this story?

8. Agh, my video is over the 1 minute and 30 seconds allowed time.


Do I reduce it or do I leave it as is? I guess it depends on how much its over.

9. How should I say my tageline at the end of the video?

tag line

The tagline is when the reporter says their name and their station affiliation at the end of their story.

10. Should I include a standup? Where should it be?


What do I want to say?

11. Should I include a graphic?

news graphics

Is there something that can be said in a list form that the viewers need to see? Is it symptoms of a disease? Event details?

12. How do I make my interviews connect with my voice overs?


Does what I am saying make sense?

13. What does my script need to look like?


Should I add a NAT pop here? What SOT (Sound on Tape) do I want to use?

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