Growing up with a father in the military, you move around a lot more than you would like to. I was born just east of St. Louis in a city called Shiloh in Illinois. When I was two years old my dad got the assignment to move to Hawaii. We spent seven great years in Hawaii, we had one of the greatest churches I have ever been to name New Hope. New Hope was a lot like Olivet's atmosphere, the people were always friendly and there always something to keep someone busy. I used to dance at church, I did hip-hop and interpretive dance, but you could never tell that from the way I look now.
Over my years of school, one big influence on me has always been sports. Ever since a young age, I have always enjoyed playing and watching sports. In my four years in high school, I have fell in love with the sport of lacrosse.
Hope to open more opportunities to study abroad from the low-income student by sharing my experience applying for study abroad. Many low-income students including myself had a misconception of study abroad is very expensive and financial aid might not support study abroad. I want to introduce students to the Gilman scholarship as well as the challenge I had faced when deciding to apply to study abroad in Japan. The detail includes in the PowerPoint are the photo of my Japan trip, share the story about my abroad experience, how I had overcome the challenge of financial need through the help of Gilman scholarship. Hoping student doesn’t limit himself or herself to explore the world and give study abroad a try. Also, in the power point slid I will mention the outside resources that are beneficial for the low-income student such as the Gilman scholarship, where an applicant must be receiving Pell
Reaching out to the high school will speak volumes for international travel; however, I want to speak to my college specifically about the Gilman Scholarship. I have built many close relationships with the professors at my college because I have had 1 Russian Professor, 3 different Chinese professors, and 5 different Spanish professors who all will allow me to come and speak on behalf of the Gilman Scholarship. They have permitted me to come and share for about 20 minutes on the Gilman Scholarship, and about the international experience abroad. Many of my professors know that many students do not go abroad because of the cost, but with the Gilman Scholarship, it is a possibility, and I would love to encourage other to apply. During the presentation during class, I would present my story about the struggle of saving for college, how my Father lost his job and could no longer support us in College, how I worked almost full-time at Subway while being a full-time student, and how study abroad seemed like a dream, but a dream I was willingly to fight for. I would describe how I personally was one of those people who thought that scholarships were a waste of time until some of my close friends received scholarships, and encouraged me to apply as well. The reason why I am applying even to the Gilman right now, is
Most people would have expected me to receive a full ride scholarship to a university. However, when, I was battling depression, low self-esteem, and could not imagine that life could get any better if I just had little hope and simply placed my name, GPA, and test scores on a scholarship form. I am in control of my life and blame no one that I did not believe in myself. Now I can no longer afford to have a negative mindset because my education is literally going to cost me. It was not my work ethic that failed me it was my belief system. Our actions come from our thoughts. Because you have taken action and donated towards my education I know that Valencia College and their community partners are genuinely thinking of ways to uplift others. Upon receiving my higher education and beginning a professional career as a Registered Dietitian I to will decide to help others pursue their education because you and others have been generous towards my
This past year, I have been apart of Naperville Central’s brand new Special Spaces club. When my friend approached me and asked me to join, I agreed even though I had no clue what I was involving myself in. In retrospective, I can honestly say that becoming a part of Special Spaces has been one of the most meaningful, fun, and fulfilling experiences I have had in high school.
Though I lived at home, I got a job to be financially independent, started school at the College of DuPage and worked tirelessly to get all A's. Frankly speaking, before attending the College Of DuPage, I never would read the readings assigned, study for tests or even ask for help. This made it very hard for me to get good grades. With the privilege of having a fresh start, I went to supplemental study sessions, met with my professors, and frequently visited the writing and tutoring center. Upon completion of my first semester, I was awarded Academic Honors, received a 4.0, invited into two honors societies and invited to apply for the Fulbright Scholars Study abroad program from the Department of State. Once I showed my parents my grades, my dad said, "I forgive you". Those three words were more rewarding than anything. Being able to see how working hard has opened up so many windows of opportunities and how I was able to change my mindset and outlook on life, made it more clear than ever on the importance of education. From there, I decided to challenge myself even more this
Growing up in Southeastern Kentucky, a kid doesn’t have many expectations from their parents, school teachers, or themselves. When a student walks by two teachers talking they say, “This group of 5th graders are the worst, every one of them are as dumb as a box of rocks.” This is the sad reality of what happened in my elementary school at Marie Roberts-Caney. Our school slogan is, “No student left behind.” Ever since 3rd grade I knew it was a bunch or bologna. Don’t get me wrong, I had great parents who cared about me, but they didn’t expect much from me. Neither of my parents attended college and I was afraid of it. Even as a young student, I knew I wasn’t the brightest kid in the classroom. Now that I look back, I realize how hard I worked
I woke up and took one bite out of my pop tart but that one bite was all I could eat. My legs were shaking, and my heart was pounding. My dad told me, “It is a true honor to even make it this far so go out there and have some fun.” Once I heard this statement, I knew I was ready to go. I arrived at school and boarded the bus. The car ride was an hour and fifteen minutes of hearing the squeaking of the wheel on the bus. My teammates were getting their heads ready for the big game.
I met with Carman Mitchell to have an interview regarding their non-profit company and to fill out paperwork she needed for the company. Also, she gave me an orientation and training. The company is located in the city of Centerline and they rent a spot in a Catholic Church building that is quite old. The church used to be called St. Clement Catholic Church and was in service from 1854 until 2007. Coincidently, I remember attending this church with my grandmother as a child for Christmas Eve mass. As of June 30, 2012, the church is named St. Mary, Our Lady Queen of Families. Moreover, I did not get to see the whole inside of the space they are occupying in the building. I observed the reception type area and then a hallway that had various rooms. Carman took me into a room which was her office and it had an older computer, tables, old carpeting, and filing cabinets. There was sufficient work space which was nice.
I became acquainted with George Stemm after I graduated from Globe High School a little over eighteen years ago. George attended the rival Miami High School, so while the town was small, we somehow never crossed paths until meeting at the party of a mutual friends’ the summer of my graduation. At 33 years old, George has lived in Arizona his entire life and seemed to be the perfect person to interview for this subject, as he comes from a line of native born Arizonans. “I’m the fourth generation of my family to be born and raised in Arizona,” he says as he proudly displays the Arizona state flag he has tattooed on his right arm. Could there be a better subject to interview on an Arizona native’s opinion of tourists?
Throughout the conversation, Susan did not inform me that the home was still in First Look and not open to investors at this time. Susan did not highlight any features of the home, nor did she talk about the neighborhood or the surrounding area. When asked, Susan paused to reference the property file and stated, "In looking at the pictures it appears that it needs interior paint, carpet, appliances, and a few windows, which the previous seller must have taken." She stated, "I don't know why they have to remove things from the homes." I asked, "Do you have offers?" She paused to check the property file and answered, "No offers." I asked, "Is the property behind the home farmland?" She paused to reference the property file and replied, "It appears
I am the child of a teenage single parent and low-income household, the first in my family to attend college and graduate. Compared to my peers my academic background may not be equivalent, however, I make up for that academic shortfall with real world experience. I payed my way through college with a full-time job, while being a full-time student. Having to start from scratch twice helped builded character. I bring not only my academic skill set, but, also knowledge of what it is like being on the receiving end of public aid. I am the product of someone else humanitarian aid, which allows me to be able to relate and empathize on a personal level. With being from a low-income household I have been on the receiving end of outreach programs,
Gwilan woke up nervous, but why? Then she remembered today was day the of her first music competition. She had already decided to play The Green Leaves. It was a happy, song a song of celebration. As a harper, one the best ways to earn respect was to win one of these competitions. She knew she was ready. Her mother, Deira, had made sure of that before she would let her compete with her Harp.
I believe I am an example of leadership, scholarship, character, and service in my own life. Some of the activities I am in represent how I uphold the ideals throughout my day. With Golf Basketball and all the sports I am in, I uphold the leadership pillar as a guide my peers. In Aca-Deca and Quiz bowl, I demonstrate the pillar of scholarship. While volunteering my time at church events and the in friends program I exhibit the pillars of character and service.