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ATTENTION: ALL COLLEGE STUDENTS!
Your college career can be the launching pad for the rest of your life. It can be the best four years of your life or the beginning of unforgettable memories. The choice is yours.
We all have dreams, passions, and magic within us. Fulfillment surfaces when we explore them without seeking approval from other people. Do what you want to do! Explore and follow your dreams! You have four years to change your life and improve the world, make the most of it.
You will stumble, fall, and even get off track, but don’t let it stop you. Learn from it, shake it off, and keep moving forward. If you choose to stand still, you’ll never know what lies ahead.
Balancing school, extracurricular and co-curricular activities, a social life, and maintaining relationships is not easy. It requires practice and improvement, but it can be done successfully.
College is one of the best times to find yourself and establish confidence that allows you to limit the influence of other people’s plans for your life. I’m not telling you to completely dismiss everyone’s opinion, but don’t let them override your dreams.
You are the in charge of your college career. You control what consumes your time and energy. You dictate how every waking second, minute, and hour is spent. Make the best of it!
Read the bullets below for a few principles I’ve adopted during my undergraduate college career:
- Immerse Yourself in Your Interests: Join that club or organization that you enjoy following from a distance and yearn to become a member of.
- A Greater Network Means a Greater Net Worth: Life is about who you know and who knows you. Relationships are essential.
- I adopted Justin Graves’ personal goal of meeting one new person every day. (He’s a Hokie!)
- Give It All You’ve Got: Make a decision and give it your all. No regrets.
- Operate in respect: Respect everything and everybody.
Take control of your college career and inspire others to do the same. Thanks for reading!
Habits inevitably determine your performance.
Self-reflect on your current habits. Are they excellent or can they be improved?
As students, sometimes we get complacent and strive on autopilot. For instance, you may say to yourself, “I’ve received A’s in English for seven years straight. I study by skimming the chapters and memorizing summaries on SparkNotes. I do what works for me.” That may have worked in the past, but it is not guaranteed to work forever.
The same thing goes for the scholarship process. Always look for new ways to improve.
Scholarship applicants who slap their application together the day before it’s due, rush to check their materials against the requirements. They usually miss a crucial aspects of the application – the details.
Apply the tips below to make sure you cover the details in your next application:
- Tip #1: Complete the Bio: Most scholarships require your personal information (e.g., name, address).
- Fill in the blanks for that part as soon as you get the application. It will save you time in the long run.
- Tip #2: Brainstorm Before You Write: Most scholarships require an application, essay, or creative work to supplement the application.
- Use a whiteboard or record yourself elaborating on the topic. It will help you plan your ideas before you begin the rough draft.
- Tip #3: More Eyes, More Advice: We all make mistakes, but we have resources to help catch them.
- Ask great editors in your circle to evaluate your creative component to make sure it answers the prompt, is clear, and free of grammatical errors.
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Failure. Success. Late nights. Early mornings. Stress. Frustration. Joy. The list goes on and on.
Mental strength will take you farther than physical strength. We all reach the pinnacle of our physical strength. For some, it’s during the earlier years of life. Others may experience their physical strength during the later years of their life, but mental strength can last a lifetime.
I’m sure you’ve heard the statement, “Knowledge is power.” It truly is!
Knowledge has helped some of the best athletes increase their million dollar income after retirement because they know how to apply the knowledge to build their brand.
You can build your wealth of knowledge while in school with simple techniques:
- Tip #1: Read at least 30 minutes every day. This can include personal development books and how-to guides. You are the best investment you’ll ever make.
- Tip #2: Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you or have different strengths. You can learn from anyone.
- Tip #3: Expand your vocabulary. It will tremendously improve your writing.
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Greetings intelligent students and “financially fit” people!
Did you know the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has changed permanently? The new deadlines begin with the 2017-18 FAFSA.
The application opens October 1, 2016 with a priority deadline of January 15, 2017.
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This school year is going to be phenomenal! You will succeed academically, grow exponentially, build relationships, and lay a foundation for the rest of your life.
Wow! Summer ’16 flew by.
We strategically devote time to executing the three months of freedom we have from our regular test routines and sleepless nights. We give our bodies an opportunity to relax and take in as many hours of sleep as possible because we know things are different during the school year.
This school year I challenge you to prepare for your success and ensure progress. The best way to start is to build momentum and consistency.
The only way to build momentum is to be consistent. Momentum is the result of continued completion. The antithesis of momentum is constant stopping and starting.
Building momentum in school happens when you complete as many scheduled tasks as possible. If you procrastinate, then you delay progress which can result in overlapping, rushing, and exhaustion. Trust me, I know.
Input all deadlines, classes, meetings, events, and social events into the calendar on your phone. Set notifications days, hours, and minutes before the scheduled event. Most people have their phone with them all the time, so receiving a reminder for the next thing on your schedule is convenient.
I hope this week’s blog post helps you conquer this school year!
Are you ready for your dorm experience? This week’s blog will help those of you who are concerned with transitioning from living as a single-child to sharing your space. Trust me, it’s not that bad.
Silence was normal for me. I grew up as an only child in a 3-bedroom home with older parents. This helped me discover my ability to entertain myself with my thoughts, dreams, and imagination. My older sister was in college and enjoying other opportunities as I grew from a baby to a toddler. But, I always wondered what life would be like with a younger sibling. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll ever have one, but my freshman year of college turned out to be an opportunity of a lifetime.
As my senior year of high school ended, I anxiously submitted a housing application for on-campus living at Virginia Tech. While answering a questionnaire that would match me with a roommate for the next nine months, I noticed an area that didn’t excite me: bathroom sharing. I developed a plan instantaneously — share a bathroom with the smallest amount of people possible. This limited my options to a suite-style residence hall, but nothing was guaranteed. In a luxurious but hard to secure suite, six people share a living room and a semi-private bathroom.
After waiting for what felt like a year, but was really three and a half months, I clicked the link that displayed the contact information for my roommate. The information contained her name, permanent residence, and cell phone number. Without any hesitation, I sent her a text and received a response immediately. Within the next five minutes, we’d added each other on Facebook and Instagram and could summarize each other’s life for the last five years. Technology definitely answers the unknowns that can grant peace of mind, at times.
After communicating for most of the day and stalking each other’s profiles, we knew what sports we enjoyed the most, each other’s recent accomplishments, backgrounds, intended majors, and passions. I was excited to meet my roommate in the next month and begin this new-found freedom together, but getting to know my suite mates was a different story.
A few days after constantly communicating with my roommate, I received an unexpected email from Katie, one of my suite mates. Katie’s email was saturated with a great introduction, but the best part of it all was her ability to bring a 50” flat screen in August. At that moment, I realized life with these new strangers wouldn’t be so bad after all. Who doesn’t enjoy binge watching Netflix on a brand new 50” flat screen?
Life with Maia, Darya, Katie, Emily, and Olivia turned out to be unexplainably phenomenal! Those five young women will always hold a special place in my heart. We’ve cried on sad occasions together, laughed so hard until we cried, celebrated in each other’s accomplishments, taught each other valuable life lessons, and created bonds that will surpass generations.
In the early months of our freshman year, we were overwhelmed with the transition phase, but we pulled through. There are times when I return to the suite after three back to back 75 minute classes to Maia relaxing on the couch while watching her favorite TV show. Emily was easily found napping or scrolling through her endless timeline. Darya, my roommate, was usually found in a sleep-induced comma or waking up from her routine four-hour nap. Katie was most likely studying like her life depended on it. Olivia often went missing because “studio” required more time and effort than an average person produces. She would leave the suite every morning by 8:00am and return when the day was almost over. Those moments will stick with me forever, but we also have memories that capture the essence of our friendship.
The winters in Virginia Tech can be unbearable at times, if you don’t embrace the fun with friends. One particular winter, everyone in our suite, except Darya, suited up in their snow boots, heavy coats, gloves, and face protectors to sled down one of Virginia Tech’s steepest hills after a two feet snowstorm. We didn’t have a real sled, so we found some extra cardboard and went to work. After dancing in the snow, sledding, and making snow angels, a few fellow Hokies joined in on the fun with a REAL snowboard. Olivia and Emily’s eyes locked onto the experience they were having. Before our sledding adventure was over, the two of them were riding the hill like pros. Later on, we found a storage container top and used it as a sled. That’s Virginia Tech’s motto, “Invent the Future,” at its best.
Everyone in our suite enjoyed food, including some friends and boyfriends that are now family. The 50” TV Katie brought stayed on the Food Network channel. Our favorite show by far was Guy Fieri’s Diner, Drive-Ins, and Dives. We gathered around the TV nightly and talked about food while eating food. Our usual meals were a delicious steak dinner from West End or ramen (a college student’s go-to). Eventually, our shared interest in food led us to our residence hall kitchen.
We baked cakes for birthdays, shared family recipes, and prepared dinner like a real family of six. Our other go-to meal was Walmart’s Lemon-pepper rotisserie chicken, with Bob Evans Original Mashed Potatoes, and canned green beans. If you ever get sick of the food in the café or live the lifestyle of a broke college kid, gather $20 with some friends and enjoy some fine dining. Trust me, it’s a meal that will eliminate hunger pains and become a tradition.
These are a few of the memories and experiences I have enjoyed and look forward to with my suite mates. Maia, Emily, Darya, Katie, and Olivia are wonderful people with bright futures ahead of them. We all have different interests, passions, and backgrounds. But, shared traits between us all include empathy, love, and the service mentality Virginia Tech thrives on. I encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone every day and explore what life has to offer. You will create relationships and memories that will last forever.
Oh yeah, sharing a bathroom with five people wasn’t so bad after all.
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