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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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything

I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

Cover Image Credit: Amy Aroune

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It's The Most Wonderful Time For  College Students

Let's get this bread.


It's a new semester, and time to get it together. Especially if you had an okay or horrible semester for fall, whether something personal or grade-wise, it's a new start, with new classes and professors and a clean slate. So, as the people say, let's get this bread.

Spring semester, easily a little better than fall semester because we are all one step closer to summer break and some are one step closer to graduating and being released into the real world. *Que tears for all our senior friends leaving us* But probably for most, if not all, spring semester is what we need.

After a crazy fall semester, I know I needed a fresh start especially since some of my classes made me want to break down in tears every day during the fall (at my math class). With the start of a new semester and no math class for me to spend a lot of my attention on, I am hoping for a less stressful semester where I can focus evenly on each class without stressing myself out too much.

Math is one of those subjects where I have to put tons of focus and energy on it but I felt as if I have never struggled as much as I did last semester. Honestly, yes, I believe that in a lot of cases how you perform in a class is due to how you handle it individually, but in some cases, it can also be how the professor teaches it. And boy, did my math professor teaching style clash with how I learn.

BUT, with math now behind me, hopefully, spring semester will sort of just be a little bit of a breather and I can enjoy it more than I did in the fall. And I know I am not the only college student who has a struggle like I did, it's part of life and all we can do is our best.

Spring semester can be a new, clean slate for all us.

One thing I love about starting a new semester is how I can take the bad habits I had last semester, and improve them over the course of spring. I always try to improve my learning and study habits from previous semesters to continue helping me grow.

Spring is all about new and fresh beginnings, and the start of a new semester can give us hope from bad, past semesters. And sometimes what causes a bad semester isn't even our performances in the class. Sometimes, life comes at you and knocks you off your feet. Sometimes, it's more personal rather than class.

What happens on in our personal lives outside of college definitely can take a toll on our overall health. I know students who have lost family members, or just had a difficult time readjusting back to college life, or just were in a funk struggle to land on their feet throughout the semester, and I get that. I have my bad days too.

With a new semester on the horizon, we can all take a breather and work towards a less stressful and more wonderful spring semester to enjoy.

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