Tale of striped scarf: $80,000 Scholarship
By Alex A.
All my life I have dreamed about going to college at a four year university, but my parents had other ideas. They wanted me to go to the local community college and then transfer to an in-state school. Although this is a good choice for some, I knew that path didn't feel right to me. So, during the end of my sophomore year in high school (even though I was severely depressed), I decided to put this dream into action and begin doing my best in school.
Junior year, I signed up for the hardest classes and maintained A's and B's, bringing up my GPA. I signed up for extra-curricular and did everything possible to get ready for college applications. During this time I had made a vision board (I saw it on Oprah), with the words "college" embedded, next to a navy and yellow, striped scarf. I didn't know at the time why I chose to pair the two together. It just felt right.
So senior year approached and I was ready to apply, but I felt inadequate. Although my GPA was good, it wasn't as high as the rest of my friends. Also, I kept on doing badly on the standardized tests. I felt as though my dream was too lofty for anyone to accomplish. I proceeded anyway and began to apply to schools that were way beyond my financial grasp: Three private, liberal arts schools with tuition starting at at least $30,000 per year.
One school, stationed in Wisconsin, stuck out to me. I kept on getting this feeling that it was perfect for me.
Around this time I came across The Secret. I was so inspired by it. I immediately knew this was the thing that would make my dreams come true, so I took a scholarship letter I had received from another school (the scholarship was minuscule compared to the total cost of the school and I had lost interest in the school), and crossed off the college's name, replaced it with the Wisconsin school, and put the amount of money I wanted it to be... $35,000 per a year. Talk about lofty goals.
Within thirty days I got a letter in the mail that said I was rewarded an $80,000 scholarship from the Wisconsin school. That's $20,000 per a year. Then I got $10,000 from government funds (which is renewable). For those counting, thatï¿½s $30,000 per year! Yes, I still need another $5,000 to reach my goal, but I am positive it will come.
A month after that I was looking at collegiate wear for my school, and what else do I come across, but the navy and yellow striped scarf! I know I am at the right place! My dream school!
My advice to anyone is to dream as big as you can, know what you desire and build on your desire, feed it. Be passionate about it. And never doubt the power of the universe. It can deliver anything, no matter how big or small it is. Lastly, don't listen to the critics. Live your truth and only yours!
About Alex A. from Maryland:
18 year old girl who is finally living her dream life.