Optimist International Essay Contest

Deadline: February 28, 2019
Award: $2,500
Provided By: Optimist International

The Optimist International Essay Contest is open to students who are under the age of 18. To be considered for this award, you must write an essay of between 700 and 800 words on the topic, “When All the World’s Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?” and submit it to your local Optimist Club.

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Coping With College Decision Letters

By Jobed Elien, CollegeFindme Intern

Rejections, acceptances, and waitlist are all an essential part of the college process. Many of us will face one of these decisions in our path towards a college education. Now while you may juggle a combination of the three, it is critical how you handle these decisions. In this blog, I’m going to give you a list of ideas that can help you cope with the hardest of these potential results: rejections and waitlists. Believe me or not but each option has its pros and cons depending on the person and their situation. Let’s dive in!

The Collateral Beauty Behind Rejection

Now let’s start with rejection letters. Yes, they may seem bad based on the fact that you are being denied the chance of attending that given university. Yet, it is important to know that there are many reasons why the decision came out the way it did. It may just be that you as a person do possess the qualities they’re looking for. Now, here is the plan. So what should you do? Rather than continuing to weep and cry about not getting in, use the rejection to help give you another perspective. You are amazing! Remember that, and continue your college application process. Some benefits from being rejected from a school could be based on the location of the school, financial aid, school size, and many more factors. Sometimes getting accepted to a school means that you will have to overlook other great schools. It also narrows downs your options which isn’t necessarily bad because then you can focus on fewer schools.

Regarding waitlists, there are also many benefits that people may not take into consideration when it comes to receiving this letter. When getting waitlisted, it’s the school needing more time to decide whether or not you’re going to be a good fit into their institute. This can allow you to also re-evaluate your college list and revisit the factors needed for a successful time in college. Also, by acknowledging that you are still among the applicant pool, you can continue being hopeful. Notably, colleges would like to see that you’re continuing to show your dedication to the school by taking part in some of their outreach opportunities.

Final Note

So when being declined or waitlisted, do not automatically assume the worst because it won’t help the situation. If you decide to use some of these suggestions when receiving these decisions it will help you cope with your situation.

Remember, that you are as great as anyone else in that pool. If a college fails to recognize your worth as both a student and person, then so be it. Besides, they’re the ones missing out: you’ll find a school that is just as great, and maybe better!

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Necessities For College

Necessities for College

By Jay KC, CollegeFindme Intern

College is a new thing for everyone that goes through, so naturally, there are a bunch of unexpected things you need for it. I am here to tell you about some essential items to bring that will make this process more comfortable for you guys. These items will range from some of the obvious things to some of the more obscure things.

First Aid Kit

The first, and most important, necessity you need for college is a first aid kit. You never know what is going to happen at college, and it’s always good to have back up plans. A first kit aid is a health back up plan. If you ever happen to get a cut, a burn, or a fall, the first aid kit would have everything you need to address the issue. Instead of going to find a nurse or clinic, you can fix the problem yourself. There are plenty of places to buy first aid kits, and sometimes you can make them yourselves so it would fit more of your typical health problems.

Toilet Paper

This might seem like something weird, but trust me this might be the best tip from this article. Colleges typically supply their students with only one-ply toilet paper. If you are someone who despises one-ply toilet paper, this tip is going to come in handy. If you are someone who prefers one-ply toilet paper, then I am going to have to question if you are a monster. Always keep the two-ply toilet paper near your toiletry, so whenever you have to run to the communal bathroom, you can take it with you. This will help prevent you from the discomforts of weak toilet paper.

Snacks

I know you might wonder why would you need snacks if universities offer plenty of them, but you still want to make sure you have some food that you enjoy. Some universities don’t provide the best snacks, so keeping some with you will ensure you have food to eat that you like. The best part is you get to keep it in your room so you wouldn’t have to travel all the way to a food hall or somewhere else to grab snacks if you are the hungry. This advantage serves best for a midnight snack where you can just get up walk a couple feet, eat quickly, and go back to bed.

Chargers

Everyone in college has an electronic that needs charging. That is why having chargers is vital in college. As a student, you likely will have a minimum of two electronics with you that need charging: a phone and a computer. The phone to stay in touch with your friends and the computer to store your notes, assignments, and Netflix. That means you need to have chargers with you at all times to keep these items going. To be safe, I would keep backups for both in case one of them breaks, or one of them gets lost.

Laundry Detergent

In college, one of the sad realities you face is that you have to remind yourself to do laundry, do your own laundry, fold your own clothes, iron them, and put them in drawers. At home, we would do certain parts of these, but not always all of them. One thing a lot of people tend to forget in this whole process is the laundry detergent. It is something our parents tend to buy, so it is always there for us. But, going to college means that you have to remember to purchase laundry detergent yourself.

Bottle(s) of Water

Now that you’re in a dorm, water might not be accessible like it was at your house. Sure, there might be a fountain down the hall from you, but continuously getting up every time you are thirsty to drink from a fountain is an annoying hassle. To avoid a situation like this, try to keep a big pack of waters or a water bottle that you regularly fill up to keep in your room. That will help avoid the multiple trips to the water fountain and keep you hydrated at all times.

The list of college essentials could go on and on, but I picked the ones that I feel like are the most important to people. Personally, I will definitely find myself using water, snack, and toilet paper tips because I am someone who doesn’t like being put in an inconvenient situation. Hope this list can give you a tip on the things you may want to bring!

$2,500 Scholarship: Share Your Opinion on Gun Violence

Deadline: February 28, 2019
Award: $2,500
Provided By: Do Something

You could win a $2,500 scholarship by submitting your opinion online about gun violence to commemorate the Parkland shooting anniversary. Simply share your thoughts in our portal and we will send it to your state’s elected officials. You’ll be helping elected officials understand how young people feel about this issue and automatically enter to win a $2,500 scholarship.

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The World of Portfolios

By Briti Prajapat, CollegeFindme Intern

Out of those hundreds of thousands of applicants, how can you stand out? Are you excelling in school? Do your test scores set a promising representation of you and your abilities? If no, then seek help from one of your unique talents!

Whether it be dancing, painting, acting, or singing, these qualities may be rarer than you think. Just by submitting a clip of you singing or a collage of your amazing drawings, you will set yourself apart from most students in the application pool.

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