I know you procrastinate but hey, I understand! Procrastinating is something everyone falls victim to once in a while (more often than we’d like to admit), especially when temptations like Netflix exist. However, the pressure of waiting until last minute can drive you to write some of the best essays and can actually be helpful on certain occasions. While I don’t encourage procrastination if you are one of those who wait until the night something’s due then check out this list of scholarships: you have a whole week, and some of them take minutes!
After a spiritually and emotionally challenging semester I’m glad to say I’m back and ready to continue this journey that is my blog! I type this as I’m currently in Madrid currently taking study abroad courses, something that I’ve been speaking into existence since a couple of months ago and still can’t believe is actually happening. It’s already been one week and while I miss New York I’m extremely grateful for everyone who helped me get to this position: I wouldn’t be here without your help!
I haven’t had the time to update Wavy Girls as I prepared for finals and this program, but my routine has not been the same since I have not been able to share such powerful stories! I have really missed writing about strong and influential women of color and can attest to the fact that your stories add a little spring to my step. Because I love hearing about intelligent and inspirational girls and their personal experiences so much I’d like to announce a new feature that’s been added on the blog (which is slowly but surely being worked on). I’m really exited to say that you can now give a shout-out to someone in your life who you think embodies the definition of a Wavy Girl and should be spotlighted for the world to see! All you have to do is go to the Wavy Girls homepage, click on the Shoutout link on the top-right corner, and fill out the submission form. It’s really that simple to recognize someone for all the good deeds they do for their community, and I’m sure they’d appreciate the fact that their work is being noticed.
While I believe that announcement is the highlight of this blog post I’d also like to take a moment to share some of the wisdom I’ve learned and some I keep having to remind myself about every day.
1. Nourish your mind and body
While this may seem obvious I cannot stress enough how often I have to remind myself to put my physical and mental health first before anything else. Be kind to yourself and know when you need to take a break. Be comfortable with the fact that it is okay to take care of yourself first, even if that means putting an urgent task to the side for a moment. There is no single assignment, errand, or business that is more important than your well-being. You are a human, not a robot.
2. Be honest with yourself
This applies to every single facet of your life, from academia to relationships. Think hard before you take on an additional responsibility when you’re already struggling to find a balance in your life, or before you allow a toxic person back into your life. Remember the last time you made a mistake and learn from it, do not repeat it again. It will hurt but you must face the facts and be real with yourself. Will you really be happy if you do that? Do you know sometime down the road you will regret doing it?
3. Never take no for an answer
This became my new motto this semester, and living by this not only got me to Spain but it allowed me to start Ritmo at NYU (the first Latin dance team) and to get further ahead in my academics both inside and out of the classroom. There’s a saying that goes “If you want something, work for it. If you don’t get it, work harder,” and it couldn’t be any more true. Whatever it is that you’re trying to achieve, make it happen. Be consistent and talk to the right people. Talking to people is the key! If you have to persuade others to believe in your vision, sell it like you mean it.
4. … but accept when something is not for you.
I’ve talked about rejection on here before and how while it can be demoralizing it is an essential part of the process. You cannot succeed if you do not fail, but if you do not succeed that does not mean you failed. If you know you fought a good fight and tried your absolute best but were still rejected, accept the fact that it was probably not for you but know that there is something better on the horizon. Not everything is meant for you, and that’s not bad. In fact when something better comes along you’ll look back and be grateful your vision wasn’t clouded by that one rejection.
This post is all over the place, but I cannot wait to get back to sharing consistent stories and advice as I become used to this new environment in Spain. Do not forget to take a look at the new feature, and give a shout-out to someone who you know deserves it! Until next time!
Dear Younger Self,
I am not the person you wanted me to be, in fact I think in some aspects I am the complete opposite of what you envisioned. I’m not what you dreamed of, but let me tell you that you will be grateful for that and that it’s probably for the best you did not get what you wanted. You’re actually not going to get a lot of the things that you wanted but I am still here, alive and more than satisfied with the cards I’ve been dealt. You heard that right: rejection will become a huge part of your life, but you need to learn to look past it and continue with your endeavors. Rejection will not only make you a tougher person with greater aspirations and a greater drive, but it will also steer you towards the direction you’re meant to take.
I want to tell you to please be kind to yourself and realize that if you cannot accomplish everything you plan for yourself that is okay. Stop beating yourself up over situations that were out of your control. You are so forgiving with others but you need to learn how to forgive yourself. Be kind to yourself but stop over-indulging so much. You really need to stop looking at things in black and white and allow yourself to be in the middle. You really don’t realize how easier life becomes when you stop aiming for extremes.
You always seem to see and hear about the great things surrounding college: yes, you meet new people, you get to experience new opportunities, and you are finally an adult! It’s all so amazing and exciting, and even if college classes are difficult how bad could it get, right? Adjusting to college life and to new responsibilities, however, is something people don’t really talk about because of shame or discomfort. Change is really hard, and nobody talks in detail about all the personal obstacles and about those moments where you really doubt if you even belong in college.
Talking about their own experiences in college and what they wish they would have known are Ana Espaderos and Maria Mendoza, current undergrad students at Texas A&M and Harvard University, respectively. Their stories are not only inspiring but also refreshing reminders that success never comes easy.
Make sure you’re still applying; remember there are so many organizations who want to give you money to go to college, but you have to apply apply apply!
Hispanic Scholarship Fund– March 30
Awards range from $500-$5,000. High school seniors, undergrad, and graduate students eligible. DACA and eligible non-citizens eligible.
The SleekLens Academic Scholarship- March 30
Requires an essay on given instructions. Three winners, award of $2,000. High school seniors, undergrad, and graduate students eligible.
Facing Acne Scholarship– March 31
Requires recording a short video about how the internet has helped you. One award of $2,000. High school seniors and college students eligible.
For students looking to work in the mental health sector. Requires essay. One award of $1,000.
Requires essay. One award for $2,000. High school and college students eligible.
College Success Scholarship– April 1st
Requires photo submission. One award for $1,000. High school seniors, undergrad, and graduate students eligible.
Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund– April 1st
For students involved in social and economic justice. Available grants up to $10,000 per year. Requires application, personal statement, two (2) letters of recommendation, FAFSA Student Aid Report, financial need information, and transcripts. Undergrad and graduate students eligible.
Requires essay. One $1,000 award. Must be enrolled in post-secondary institution.
Vivint Smart Home Scholarship– April 1
Requires recording a short video. One award of $5,000. High school seniors and college students eligible.
AFSA High School Scholarships– April 7
Open to high school seniors. Ten (10) awards available for $2,000.
For high school seniors/incoming college freshmen who have type 1 diabetes. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000.
Picture Keeper Scholarship– April 15
Requires essay, photograph, and transcript. Three awards: $1,500, $1,o00, and a Picture Keeper Connect. High school, undergrad, and graduate students eligible.
Women in STEM Scholarship– April 15
Requires essay and photo. One $3,000 award. High school seniors, undergrad, and graduate students studying science, technology, engineering, or mathematics eligible.
All About Education Scholarship– April 30
Requires short essay. One award for $3,000. Must be 13 years or older to be eligible.
HENAAC Scholarship- April 30
For students of Hispanic origin pursuing science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Offers three types of scholarships: Corporate/Government Sponsored, Special Recognition, and In Memoriam and Personal Tribute. Requires essay, application, resume, two letters of recommendation, transcript, and photo. Awards range from $500 to $10,000. Undergrad and Graduate students eligible.
Requires essay. Three (3) awards for $2,000 each. High school seniors, undergrad, and graduate students eligible.
Truth Initiative Scholarships– April 30
For students innovatively confronting tobacco use. Two (2) awards for $5,000. Requires proof of financial need.
Do Something Scholarships:
- Rinse, Recycle, Repeat– April 30
- Make a recycling bin. One award for $5,000.
- Suspended for WHAT?: Amplify– April 30
- Share stories of unfair school punishment and harsh discipline. One award for $3,000.
- Suspended for WHAT?: Advocate– April 30
- Meet with your principal to demand fairer policies. One award for $2,000.
Superpower Scholarship– April 31
Requires shorts essay. One award for $2,500. Must be 13 years or older to be eligible.
It is spring break but it is still snowing here outside of La Guardia Airport after New York’s snow storm of the year. How I was able to reschedule my flight after having had it cancelled is beyond me, but I am more than ready to finally go home to Houston to see my family and unwind after some of my most hectic few weeks. You haven’t heard from me in a while because a lot of stuff has been going on in my life right now. I’ve been blessed with many new opportunities but have also faced even more failures, however if you know me you know I don’t accept defeat. Though I am still recovering from midterms I am eager to share with you all where I’m currently at and where I expect I will be headed.
One of my strongest beliefs that drives me towards achieving every goal I set and every action I take towards success is that as a woman I am capable of performing at the same level and capacity as my male counterparts, if not even better. I’ve never associated my gender with my potential and my greatest desire is that this mindset will one day be the default, and that as women of color we won’t have to face the higher degree of discrimination that comes with both identities. Although women constitute for half of the total diploma-holding workforce the sad reality is that they only make up 29% of the engineering and science workforce; to make it worse, less than 10% of these women come from racial minority backgrounds (source). Our Wavy Girl Diana Lee Guzmán however does not feel defeated by these statistics for she has been a leader on campus for other Xicanas who are breaking the glass ceiling in STEM fields.
Diana grew up in a predominantly Latinx and low-income region in Phoenix, AZ and is now a junior studying Computer Science at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering. While she was very involved on campus during her four years at Carl Hayden Community High school- partaking in extracurriculars such as StuGo, Class Club, Volleyball, Basketball, Cheer, and Softball- it was the Robotics Team that really impacted her high school experience and made her aware of her love and strength in math and technology, eventually influencing her career choice. After much convincing by her mentor Ledge Diana became exceedingly involved in the Robotics team as a senior. Feeling inspired and nurtured by her mentor’s encouragement she felt as if she should pursue Mechanical or Civil Engineering, but as soon as she began college she saw an opportunity to explore and experiment with programming and ultimately decided on Computer Science.
She was just recently in Shanghai taking an NYU course sponsored by Google Ventures and ACCESS Health China, will participate in a The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Hackathon, and is constantly raising awareness through social media on issues affecting her community. Diana’s adventurous and daring personality and curiosity set her apart from the rest, and her dedication to represent her heritage while flourishing academically and professionally is admirable; she is unstoppable. I feel honored to have Diana as a peer here at NYU and to have interviewed her, and I only hope you all feel as inspired and reinvigorated reading her answers as I did.