Archive for April, 2012

So Friday I came home from school to some very good news.  Out of nearly 600 eligible people I was one of 80 chosen to interview for 45 Ford Re-start scholarships.  To say the least, this made my week.  All of my hard work,over the last year here at Lane Community College, has payed off.   Well, not exactly payed off as of yet, but it has at least gotten me the interview that I was pursuing.  Now I am excited, as well as nervous, because here in about two weeks I have one of the most important interviews of my life.  It is time to meet with the scholarship advisors, to find out what to expect at the interview and what I need to prepare for.

I really, really, really hope that I get this scholarship!!!!

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Myself, at least before I had taken last terms class and this one, I was under the impression that a community of scholars was experts such as professors and scientists that specialized a certain field of study.  Now I beginning to understand that a community of scholars is not necessarily experts in a certain field of study, but a group of people who may have taken a certain interest in a subject  and have devoted time and energy to perform quality research into that subject, possibly contributing something to others understanding and knowledge of it.

I now realize that I too can be part of a community of scholars and am doing so by taking these honors courses.  My community of scholars, for the time being, is Lane’s honors students.  But, as we indulge in some of the projects that are part of the curriculum, and present some of our research and findings, we will all become a part of a larger community of scholars.

Viewing the documentary, Veins in the Gulf, has opened my eyes to some of the problems that the people of the Louisiana Gulf coast are dealing with, and it has also showed me that although our class might have not a endless list of degrees under their belts, nor titles following their names, we can possibly make a difference by contributing to the research of whatever topic we decide to pick.

So it’s back to the grindstone for the Spring Term here at LCC.  It seems like my Spring break was only a few days long, however, it was really two weeks because I didn’t have class at all during finals week.  It also was not much of a “SPRING” break at all with the crappy weather we had.  Winter term finished pretty smooth for me, and I was also rewarded for my hard work all term with three A+ and one A.  While I was a little disappointed in not achieving straight A+ grades I did make the “Presidents List” for the third straight term, so for that I gave myself a pat on the back.  Now it is back to the proverbial grindstone for three more months before I take the summer term off to fight forest fires during my summer vacation.  Haha, although it may seem like a lot of hard work to others, it will be kind of a vacation to me performing a job that I love and making a lot of money in the process.  Well I hope that this term is smooth sailing like the last three, but I know it will take a  lot of hard work and dedication to achieve the level of success that I make standard for myself.

I hope that everyone has a good Spring Term and I am looking forward to meeting and working with new people on my scholastic journey.