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Don’t Agonize, Organize

Put your mind at ease by organizing your scholarships.

The scholarship process can be complex and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. You can make smart decisions on a daily basis to reduce your stress and increase your success.

This blog post addresses the “Organize” portion of our weekly scholarship schedule. You can download a copy at http://tinyurl.com/zo92se8.

scholarship_weekly_scheduleSo, how do you organize your scholarships? It’s simple. Use the tools around you. Read the bullets below for more information:

  • Use your phone: Add all upcoming scholarship deadlines to your calendar with reminders. You usually have your phone with you at all times anyway. This will help you complete all supplemental materials before the deadline.
  • Create a spreadsheet: Use Google Sheets or Excel to see all of your scholarships. Make sure you include pertinent information such as, deadlines and links to the application.

We hope this week’s post helps you in your scholarship journey. Return next week for details about the “Research” phase.


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Plan to Succeed

Last week we shared our weekly scholarship schedule with you to help you structure the time you devote to scholarships. View a downloadable copy of our weekly scholarship schedule at: http://tinyurl.com/zo92se8.

scholarship_weekly_scheduleFor the next six weeks we will teach you how to use each “Task” to your advantage. The focus of this week’s blog is “Plan.”

The plan stage is all about selecting the resources that will help you earn the funds you need.

Resources are everywhere. Your local guidance counselor is a resource. Your parents/guardians are a resource. Your network is a resource. And of course, the internet is a resource.

Click the links below for a few national resources:

The plan stage can be completed during a 10-minute break. Your objective is to select the resources you will use in the remaining tasks. Remember, you’ve got this!

See you next week for details about the “Organize” task!


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Our Weekly Scholarship Schedule

Our last blog post should have inspired you to prepare for the success you will have in 2017! This post includes one of the many tools we will give you to succeed in your scholarship journey.

We created a weekly scholarship schedule to help you plan and monitor the time you devote to scholarships. Incorporating scholarships into your busy schedule will bring you one step closer to achieving your goal of graduating debt-free.

View a downloadable copy of our weekly schedule at: http://tinyurl.com/zo92se8

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Our next blog post will teach you how to use the “Plan” task.


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#DebtFree17

Welcome to your year of excellence! 2017 will be the year you build another ladder to success.

Dough 4 Degrees will continue to serve as a source of education and inspiration for you through blogs, videos, and social media posts. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @dough4degrees to see our content on your timeline. Enroll in blog post notifications by submitting your email address under the “Follow Blog” sidebar on our site.

Our goal at Dough 4 Degrees has always been to teach students how to earn scholarships to enable them to graduate debt-free; which is why we have developed #DebtFree2017. The content we share using this hashtag throughout the year will advance you to a new level, making the process easier and more enjoyable for everyone!

Let’s succeed together in 2017!

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#CampusChat on 11.03.16

Join one of the “longest-running higher-education chats” on Twitter Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 9-10pm EST.

Our founder, Danielle Jeffers, will be sharing tips on how to “Own the Scholarship Application Process.” You can join the conversation hosted by Smart College Visit by using #CampusChat.

Smart College Visit (SCV) is an asset to all students and families who are transitioning from high school to college. SCV is known for the wealth of knowledge it shares via blog posts, social media, and interviews. Click this link to learn more.


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You’re in Charge of Your College Experience

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!

– Danielle


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What does mental growth feel like?

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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You are a conqueror!

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!

Danielle


Check back next week for another blog on academic success. Submit a Free Initial Consultation Form today if you’re interested in learning how to earn scholarships and graduate debt-free.