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.
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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
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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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Sometimes "Out With The Old In With The New" Isn't the Best thing

We can't lose touch of the simpler things in life

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When I think about how much has changed and how much my world has developed since I was little, I get mind boggled realizing how different things are. I work at a restaurant in the city that I grew up in and I see famillies come and go for dinner every night. They all seem the same. The parents will walk in, check in with the hostesses and wait to be seated. If they're asked to wait, the kids sit by their parents sides playing on phones that are probably too young to have. I understand that waiting can get tedious and boring. By the time that they would sit down, I'd imagine that they would put down the devices and engage in some good old fashion conversation. I was wrong. It made me sad to see kids eating dinners with their families with zero interaction. When I was younger, I enjoyed the quality conversations I would have with my family when we got breaks from our all very hectic schedules. It's amazing how much technology has advanced, but sometimes, I believe that we might rely on it too much.

Seems like more and more things are becoming industrialized. Those "mom and pop" shops are closing down due to corporate companies buying the land. I have enough Walmart and Targets in a ten minute radius from me. Sure, places like these carry necessities are important, but when local Nurseries are closed down in order to build a new gas station, it just becomes sad. As things progress more, the more we lose touch of our roots. The places that make home special and different. The moments we have as a kid that don't involve a light on our face. Modernism is a powerful and amazing thing but we need to take a step back and reevaluate what we hold closest to us.

All in all, as we continue to develop, I will continue to advocate for the simpler moments and the simpler times. I don't think my kids will need iPhones right out of elementary school, I'll continue to visit the same hometown shops and give them as much business as possible, I'll always ask if he kids want coloring sheets at the dinner table. Although these small things might not matter in our everyday new world, they matter to me. I will always try to have so much fun that I forget to document things with my phone. The laughter and memories without the technology present. Those are the moments worth remembering.

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