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About Me...

In June 2007 I decided to look into returning to school for my Bachelor's degree. I had been managing okay with my Associate's degree, but the idea of moving back home [South Florida] without more education under my belt was not so appealing. By the end of July I had started my first class. Two years later I am five classes away from completing that degree and my oldest child is about to start her college journey. View my complete profile

About This Blog...

With this blog I hope to share some of what I have learned through my experiences as an online student and now, mom of a college student. Here you will find great scholarships, student deals, and other information to help with your voyage into higher education. Happy Studying!

What I Learned Wednesday - I Am GRADUATING Next Month!!!

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Okay, this isn't your typical 'What I Learned Wednesday' type of post, but I am so excited I can hardly contain myself. I was really happy to be getting a month and half off from school before my final class. Now is the time for family and the holidays are upon us. And I was so grateful not to have class the week of Thanksgiving. All of that changed yesterday.

For those who haven't read my previous posts, I attend Keiser University as an online student. Keiser is very unique in that you take one class every four weeks instead of 4 - 6 classes for three months at a time. This works out to be 12 classes a year since we get 2 weeks off for Winter Break, 1 week for Spring Break, and 1 week off between summer and fall semesters. I have been attending Keiser since July 2007 and am ready to be done.

I was to have a month and a half off with my last class starting January 4, 2010. But yesterday my academic adviser contacted me and offered to switch my last management class for another accounting class. So, now I don't get the break, but I will be finished by mid-December and will graduate this year!

Now to really hit the want ads and look for a job. Those student loans will be due one month sooner. And this means 2010 will start with a brand new ~ more educated ~ me!

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Saturday Scholarship Roundup - 11/14/09

College is expensive. Nothing like stating the obvious, huh? Good thing there are TONS of scholarships available to help offset some or all of those costs. So what are we waiting for, let's get this show on the road!

Thanks to FastWeb.com for providing information on these and other great scholarships. Want to be in the know on the newest scholarships and internships available? Why not join FastWeb today. It is free and it is easy. Join FastWeb today.

Thanks to SallieMae for providing information available for those noted below.  Sign up for SallieMae's scholarship finder today and find scholarships that match your profile.


Scholarships Ending Soon 

Blogging for Progress (courtesy of SallieMae)
Deadline: November 15, 2009
Amount:$1,500
Website: http://www.progressiveu.org/

Student Service Grant (courtesy of FastWeb)
Deadline: November 15, 2009
Amount: $1,000
Website: http://www.studentsserve.org/

A GPA Isn't Everything Scholarship
Deadline: November 30, 2009
Amount: $1,000
Website: http://www.cappex.com/scholarships/GPAisntEverythingScholarship.jsp?code=FW_32

Cutting-Edge Careers Scholarship
Deadline: November 30, 2009
Amount: $1,000
Website: http://www.cappex.com/scholarships/cuttingEdgeCareersScholarship.jsp?code=FW_88

I Don't Want to Pay for College Scholarship
Deadline: November 30, 2009
Amount: $1,000
Website: http://www.cappex.com/scholarships/noPayScholarship.jsp?code=FW_98


New Scholarships

ACDI Scholarship (courtesy of FastWeb)
Deadline: Varies
Amount: $2,500
Website: http://www.adc-usa.org/

NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship  (courtesy of FastWeb)
Deadline: January 14, 2010
Amount: $7,500
Website: http://www1.ncaa.org/membership/ed_outreach/prof_development/postgrad_scholarships.html


Sweepstakes


FastWeb Thanksgiving 2009 Sweepstakes

Ends: November 29, 2009
Amount: $2,000
Website: http://www.fastweb.com/content/thanksgiving_scholarship_promotion_2009


Sallie Mae Monthly Drawing
Ends: ongoing
Amount: $1,000
Website: https://www.collegeanswer.com/global/about/about_disclaimers.jsp#rules

GoCollege Lucky Draw Scholarship (courtesy of SallieMae)
Deadline: Monthly
Amount: $250
Website: http://www.gocollege.com/lucky-draw-scholarship.html




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What I Learned Wednesday - Epiphanies Happen When You Aren't Looking

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Today was much like any other day since I lost my job a year ago [it was a year last Wednesday]. I woke up after everyone else had gone for the day [work, school] and reheated some coffee. I let the dog out, then proceeded to check my email.

I now have a few more email addresses and am juggling several blogs. This year I am actively participating in NaNoWriMo [National Novel Writing Month]. I am pleased to announce that as of yesterday I had written 20,085 words of the 50,000 word challenge. In participating in this challenge I am being exposed to many writers. Some of these writers, to me, have far greater talent than I do.

Between managing my blogs [of course I did fall behind on this here blog], schoolwork, family responsibilities, and all those other things I am supposed to concern myself, I have been plugging along towards finishing my novel [or very rough draft] and winning the NaNoWriMo challenge. It is with my mind set towards this goal that I had my epiphany.

First, I wanted to share [part of] the definition of epiphany as given by dictionary.com:

  1. a Christian festival, observed on January 6, commemorating the manifestation of Christ to the gentiles in the persons of the Magi; Twelfth-day.
  2. a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.
I actually learned two things since I did not realize where the term epiphany arose - as in meaning #1. But I was fully aware of the term as defined in #2.

It was this sudden, intuitive perception that struck me today. I realized that everything I have been searching for, the meaning I seek was always there. I am a writer. Not that I want to be a writer, but I am a writer.

All these thoughts that run rampant through my mind. Ever since I was a child. As long as I can remember. These are characters waiting to be set free. Waiting for pen to meet paper [or fingers on keyboard to meet screen]. Waiting to be given the breath of life. Waiting for me to give to them the chance to work out their isms. Letting them love, and want, and get angry, and scared. Letting them grow. I am a writer.

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Saturday [er, Wednesday] Scholarship Roundup - 11/11/09

College is expensive. Nothing like stating the obvious, huh? Good thing there are TONS of scholarships available to help offset some or all of those costs. So what are we waiting for, let's get this show on the road!

Thanks to FastWeb.com for providing information on these and other great scholarships. Want to be in the know on the newest scholarships and internships available? Why not join FastWeb today. It is free and it is easy. Join FastWeb today.

Thanks to SallieMae for providing information available for those noted below.  Sign up for SallieMae's scholarship finder today and find scholarships that match your profile.


Scholarships Ending Soon 

Blogging for Progress (courtesy of SallieMae)
Deadline: November 15, 2009
Amount:$1,500
Website: http://www.progressiveu.org/

Student Service Grant (courtesy of FastWeb)
Deadline: November 15, 2009
Amount: $1,000
Website: http://www.studentsserve.org/

A GPA Isn't Everything Scholarship
Deadline: November 30, 2009
Amount: $1,000
Website: http://www.cappex.com/scholarships/GPAisntEverythingScholarship.jsp?code=FW_32

Cutting-Edge Careers Scholarship
Deadline: November 30, 2009
Amount: $1,000
Website: http://www.cappex.com/scholarships/cuttingEdgeCareersScholarship.jsp?code=FW_88

I Don't Want to Pay for College Scholarship
Deadline: November 30, 2009
Amount: $1,000
Website: http://www.cappex.com/scholarships/noPayScholarship.jsp?code=FW_98


New Scholarships - Veteran's Day Edition

S.E.VEN Student Essay Competition (courtesy of FastWeb)
Deadline: December 7, 2009
Amount: $10,000
Website: http://www.sevenfund.org/new-models-development/index.php

Chief Master Sergeants of the Air Force Scholarship  (courtesy of FastWeb)
Deadline: March 31, 2010
Amount: $3,000
Website: http://www.hqafsa.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Scholarships1 Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm ContentID=5332

Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) Scholarship (courtesy of FastWeb)
Deadline: March 31, 2010
Amount: $3,000
Website: http://www.hqafsa.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Scholarships1 Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm ContentID=5332

Military Spouse Scholarship (courtesy of FastWeb)
Deadline: April 1, 2010
Amount: $1,000
Website: http://www.militaryfamily.org/our-programs/military-spouse-scholarships/

Sweepstakes

Sallie Mae Monthly Drawing
Ends: ongoing
Amount: $1,000
Website: https://www.collegeanswer.com/global/about/about_disclaimers.jsp#rules

GoCollege Lucky Draw Scholarship (courtesy of SallieMae)
Deadline: Monthly
Amount: $250
Website: http://www.gocollege.com/lucky-draw-scholarship.html




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Bloggy Update

Sorry for the delay in today's Saturday Scholarship Roundup. I will have it available tomorrow for your viewing pleasure and so you can peruse all of those lovely opportunities to find money for your education.

This month is going to be a little hectic for me as I am a full time student [much like most of you], have a family to tend, chickens on the mini-farm, Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, and am participating in the annual NaNoWriMo in an effort to jumpstart my pitiful writing dreams.

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and its premise is to give aspiring writers a goal of 50,000 words in 30 days. The prize is simple: you did it! Oh, and a banner that says you won. It's about the journey as much as the accomplishment, much like our continued pursuit of higher education.

If you would like to follow along with my progress, check out the widget below. Every time I update my word count, this widget will update. When I win [because I will win] PARTICIPANT will automatically change to WINNER and I will then be ready for a long winter's nap










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What I Learned Wednesday - People Don't Like Change

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I am now in my second week of my Ethics & Legal course and had an entirely different topic to post, then I saw this on Wheel of Fortune:
We hold these truths to be self-evident

My husband and I were discussing its origin. He said it was from the preamble. Well, when I think preamble I think to the Constitution of the United States. I am quite familiar with the preamble to the Constitution as I still have it memorized from the fifth grade when we had to recite it in front of the class. And that was a loooooong time ago.

So, I did a search and found he was not incorrect in that it is from the preamble - of the Declaration of Independence. But you probably knew that, didn't you? So, why am I talking about this? And what does it have to do with people not liking change? Well, I read the rest of that preamble and, much as I always do when I start reading these things, I started having these wild thoughts.

Let me continue with the preamble:
that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

Did you know wherever 'men' is listed it literally means 'men'. Women were not a part of our forefathers' thinking when it came to equal rights. In fact, men of color [is that correct?] were given the right to vote before women of any race by a little over 50 years.

Here is what started my wheels turning:
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

It is our right to alter or abolish our government if it is no longer fulfilling its duties to the citizens it serves. That is right, the government works for its people, NOT the other way around.


But it gets better:
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

Our forefathers knew we would rather bitch and moan and suffer under an intolerable government then do what it takes, do what our forefathers' did, and take a stand for what is right for the people and tell the government it needs to shit or get off the pot!

Here is my favorite part:
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

It is not just our right to remind the government who is really in charge, but our duty as United States citizens to abolish our government if its powers become so vast as to be destructive towards are inalienable rights of 'Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness'.

It is time we told our government officials they can no longer sit on their seats for decades, but that they need to have term limits. They do not need to be as stringent as the Presidential term limits, but no one person should be allowed to stay in office for more than 10 years in a row. Maybe we enforce a term break by 4 years, then they may be re-elected, after all, if they are that good, then you will put them back in office after their short leave of absence.

Sometimes I think we've forgotten all our forefathers' gave up just so we can have the freedoms we hold so dear. Greed and power have clouded our thinking. We are no better than we once were with the haves and the have-nots, the religious persecution, our modern day caste system. Don't we want something better for our children? For ourselves? I know I do.

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