15 September 2014

older scholarship questions and answers part 3

And then there was three!  I found some more of those questions I answered for scholarships long ago.  I love that they are fun questions, interesting to me to see where I was, and fun to see where I am now.  Italics are then, not are now.

Imagine that you have just found out that you have 24 hours left to live.  Tell us what you plan to do in your last day on earth.

With 24 hours left to live, I decide to go tell everyone goodbye.  I go into work, not to work, but to say goodbye.  I’ll clean up my area when I’m there, take all of my stuff home with me.  I’ll get online and say goodbye to everyone.  I’ll send out a mass e-mail telling everyone I’m going to die.  I would try to end all of my online accounts so that nobody else can pretend to be e, which would just be freaky.  I would clean up my room a bit, make sure it looks nice.  I would make sure my parents knew where all of my money was so they could have it and such.  I think I would go shopping with my best friend; we always do it, so I think that would be fun.  Then I would probably sit around and watch TV or something.  But then, I don’t know, that wounds like a very busy day, maybe I’d be dead already.

This is an odd one I think.  I once had a time at ‘girls camp’ where they took us off and pretended to have us write a letter to our families because we were going to die.  Everyone poured their hearts into it, some crying and such.  Then they took them and tore them up.  The point was to show us that we should always be letting our families know what we think and feel about them, and to live like it is your last.  I wasn’t that tramatised by this incedent, because I felt my family already knew.  Every night before we go to bed my mother and I exchange a “Goodnight, I love you,” and I feel as if this is how we should all act and feel all the time.  So, if I was given 24 hours to live, I don’t know how much I would do differently.  I am sure I would try and reach out to family and friends and just make sure they knew.  Maybe tell some secrets to those I love although they may not be aware of it.  But, typically, do the same thing.  

I found it funny all the things I said I’d do as far as emailing and taking care of my money and physical things.  So funny because think about how the world has changed.  When was the last time you sent out a mass email?  You just post to Facebook now.  So interesting how the world has changed.

Describe the best practical joke that you have ever pulled on someone or that someone else has pulled on you.

When I was a child, about five or six, our TV broke down.  We had it in the shop being fixed, because back then it would have been cheaper I suppose than buying a new one.  It was April first and my Mom came up with a great prank to play on my Dad.  We called him up at work and told him the news, the repair shop had called, he had dropped a hammer into the screen.  You see, my Dad is a bit deaf, and I’m sure he thought he heard wrong, so he asked us “What?”  You could hear it in his voice, my Dad was not happy.  We let him ponder about it for a minute, and then told him April Fools.  It was great fun and one of the only memories I have of my childhood that is not remembered through pictures.

What is your favorite season?  Tell us why you love it.

My favorite season would have to be summer.  I was born in the summer, June actually, and it is great.  It is so nice and warm outside, you don’t have to wear a coat or shoes.  It also is a great time to go swimming, to go enjoy the nice water and get some sun.  Plus, people don’t look at you as weird when you go outside wearing sunglasses.  Although sometimes the snow makes it brighter than the summer, sunglasses in the winter aren’t always fashionable.

This is so, so funny to me.  I do love summer, yes, but it isn’t my favorite anymore.  I love Fall now, and a lot of the reasons are contrary to what I said before.  You see, I love the fall because it is cooling down, but not cold.  You can get away with wearing layers and not looking weird or being hot.  I love jackets, and they are hard to wear during the summer.  I also love boots.  And I am always excited when I can finally break them out and wear them again.  I also love the colors, sure, pretty and all.  But, all seasons are pretty in their own way.  But, my favorite part in my answer is about the sunglasses.  I love sunglasses, and now say that even during the winter they are important.  I love to wear mine all year round.  It is just something I love, and even wear them when it is a bit dark out.

So, I want to know, What is your favorite season? 

08 September 2014

older scholarship questions and answers part 2

As you may have noticed, I wrote a blog last week about some of the scholarship answers that I had given while getting ready for college.  I had so much fun with it, and found another set.  This one is later, but still awhile ago.  Remember, italic is what I wrote then, normal is what I wrote now.


Why do you think it is important for you to keep a high GPA?

It is important to keep a high GPA not for the number, but for the education you are receiving.  It is easy to slack off and just pass a class, but you do not get as much out of it as you would if you worked hard to get a good grade.  Everyone should be the best they can be at what they do.  If a person is a brain surgeon or a garbage man, they need to do well.  I don’t know if I would want the brain surgeon to pick up my garbage, he most likely doesn’t know how.  It is important to get a good education, and most of the time having a high GPA is the way to go.

Oh no, you are going to hate me, but it isn’t.  I guess I alluded to that in my answer back then, that all it really matters is what you learned, but it is so true, mostly.  I went all through my college years not caring.  I did my best, I worked hard, I got a D here and there on projects and tests, I improved.  It wasn’t until I went to get into Grad School that I really noticed my GPA, and realized, it wasn’t that good.  However, they knew me, they knew what I could do.  I may not have looked that great on paper, but I was a good student and learned a lot.  Well, they let me in anyways, and I haven’t looked at my GPA since.  I have no idea what it was when I graduated, all I knew was I graduated.  I guess to say why is it important?  It looks good on applications.  Our system of grading people is based around a GPA, and since it looks good to have a high GPA, you should probably have a good one.

Describe one obstacle you encountered during you education and how you overcame it.

Plus one class I need, there are many other classes I would love to take to enhance my education.  I thought it would be nice to get my associates degree in the Spring 2005 so I could go up to the University of Utah.  I figured out I would need to take 21 credits to be able to do this.  I looked on the internet, saw what I needed to do and went after it.  After a lot of problems getting permission, I finally was able to take 21 credits.  The one class I really wanted to take was taught the same time as another I needed to take, so I decided I would take another.  I was suppose to have a prerequisite for it, but got permission to take it anyway.  I signed up, went to the class, only to find out only two people were in it, and the class was soon canceled.  I could have worked harder to get up to the U, do some extra work, but I decided I would just stay around at SLCC another year.

The funny thing is, as I was reading this that is the story that popped into my head.  But, it doesn’t stop there.  Because of this putting me back a year, when I made it up to the University of Utah I didn’t have all of the classes I needed to graduate.  But, I didn’t find this out until I was nearly done.  So, I had to take an online class, that didn’t move as fast as I wanted it to, and so put me back another semester, and I didn’t graduate until the Summer.  Ah, lovely.  But, it doesn’t end there.  Because of this, and other small issues, I wasn’t accepted into the Master’s program when and how I wanted to be, and so instead of it taking me 2 years, I took it slower and took the classes they wanted me to take instead of my own choosing like everyone else, and it took me 3 years.  I did eventually graduate with a Masters, but if time had been working with me instead of against me, I could have been done two years earlier.

Please describe the qualities you posses which will help you succeed in college.

I have many good qualities to help me succeed in college.  I am very punctual; I did not miss a day in high school.  I love my major, some days they are the only classes that make me happy.  I am easy to get along with, on more than one occasion I was just talking and people listened to me and we became good friends.  I also like to do things early.  In one of my classes during the summer we got a project to work on the whole semester with check-ins along the way.  I got more work done between check-ins then required, and did more of the project than was necessary.  I have been very successful in college so far and don’t plan to get any worse.

Describe your educational and career goals.

I have taken many classes in architecture, and love them.  I plan to finish my associate degree in architecture her at Salt Lake Community College, then go up to the University of Utah to get an M.Arch.  Afterwards I would like to go and finish all of the things I need to do to become an architect, like the three-year internship and a week long test.

Ah, life.  So, I finished a lot of these by the way.  I did SLCC, went up the U, got a Master of Architecture, so I guess a MARCH…  But so far my career goals haven’t been the same.  They changed the tests by the way, it is now nine small test, well, smaller, and a lot of people fail them the first time or so.  I haven’t been able to get into an internship, but I am thinking, I don’t know if I want to be an architect at all.  I really like houses, and designing them.  And to be a residential designer, you do not need to be a licensed architect at all.  So, the plan for today is to work in a residential design firm, be a good drafter, learn all that I can, design all that I can, even if it is just how the drawing is laid out on the page, and see where it leads me.

01 September 2014

older scholarship questions and answers

So, I was looking though my old writing.  I have a folder, and it has lots of handwritten, and typed out things.  I came across some scholarship applications that I had put in long ago in High School.  It has been fun reading them over, and seeing what I put.  I’m am not surprised I didn’t get any of these, my spelling, as it always has been, was horrible.  Thank goodness we have spell check now.

I think this is one of the first times I really enjoyed writing, which has helped a lot with my blog.  I use to really enjoy these writing scholarships, would just go and write a bunch, feel satisfied with life, and move on.  I do that a lot with my blogs now as well.

I have decided to share some of the questions and answers with you, a fun trip down memory lane.  The italic ones are the ones I typed back then, with the correct spelling however, and the other ones are the ones I just answered today.


Tell us about the best gift you have ever been given.

The best gift I was ever given was a guitar case.  I had a guitar for about six months and really wanted a case.  I had signed up for a class but was scared to take it out because it might get hurt.  I had seen other people who had theirs out, in the rain, and just about died.  My parents decided since my birthday was coming up, they would give me one.  So, we all went to the store and got the perfect one.  I was so happy.

My Mother likes to say that I give good gifts, and I do like to give meaningful gifts that I think the person would like.  Or else, why give the gift?  However, my mother is pretty good at figuring me out as well.  But, my favorite gift I have got was my last Christmas present, I got Christ.  Now, I really like to say it that way because that is what Christmas is all about, we got Christ.  He was born, he lived a perfect life, he died for us, and he was resurrected and lives again so we can too!  It’s amazing!  But, I really did get a Christ.  My parents got me a Christus figure, just a small one, but still.  I have wanted one for awhile, and it was cool to get it.

If you could give one piece of advice to upcoming high school students what would it be?

I’m going to give you two pieces of advice.  First, take as many advanced classes as you can.  Try to get as much college credit as possible.  No matter if you will need it or not, it will be helpful.  You may get to skip classes, it may help you with saying you have done so many classes, and it will most likely boost your GPA.  Second, get involved.  Do as much stuff as you want.  Maybe concentrate in one area, but do a lot in it.

Here’s a fun one, because my answer is completely different.  Sure, do the best you can in high school, and yes, get involved.  But, my advanced classes didn’t really help, they almost hindered because I didn’t need them, they were fluff.  And my advice now – don’t worry, it will all come to an end and it doesn’t matter anyways.  I know that when you are in high school it matters, everything matters.  No matter how small of an issue, it is a big deal.  But, once you are out of high school a few years, none of it matters.  Your friends most likely won’t be your friends still.  You’ll keep in touch, but you’ll make new friends.  Your grades, nobody will truly care.  What you did in high school really doesn’t matter.  So, when all is said and done, live it up, have fun, but don’t worry about it, because the only people who still care about high school later and the ones who peaked in high school and can’t let it go.

Tell us a story about one time that you didn’t read and follow directions or instructions and you later wished that you had.

I was working on a math problem.  I looked at the problem and thought it was like the other ones.  I did it, the whole thing.  I came out with very funny answers.  They were hard complicated numbers.  I then, after a bit of that, looked at what I was suppose to do.  I found out I was just suppose to start it, and that there was a simpler way of doing it that gave nice clean answers.

What is the most romantic thing that you have ever done or that someone else has done for you?

When I was 12 I had a huge crush on a guy in my class.  For Valentines Day I decided to give him a cake, but not to let him know it was me.  We made a card and had my Dad write on it.  Then we had our neighbor come and deliver it.  We sat in the car around the corner and waited.  She came back and told us all about it.  She had asked for him, and he came.  She gave it to him and took a picture.  It was very fun to do, and the picture turned out great!

Is it sad that this is still my most romantic thing?  I have not had that many romantic experiences.  I have dated guys without knowing it.  I have been around a lot of guys to the point in being able to find traits in them that I do and do not like and would want in a husband.  I have flirted with a lot of guys, and wanted to date them, to no avail.  But, I really haven’t done many romantic things.  One Valentines Day I tried to give my friends roses, but they didn’t seem to appreciate them from a girl…  

Oh, no, I guess the one romantic thing a guy did for me was give me roses.  He was a best friend in high school, part of our group.  And shortly after his mission, he got roses for me.  I felt special, and my best friend felt awkward, because he also gave her some, and she didn’t know what that ment.  I think he gave some to someone else as well, because we had four roses each and we think he had bought a dozen.  I thought it was super sweet.  I even took them and attempted to dry them, first attempt at it, and they have held up okay.  I still have them, and love them.  The first roses a guy ever gave me.

So, now I want to know from you,
What is the most romantic thing that you have ever done or that someone else has done for you?

26 August 2014

my new favorite pictures

Hey guys, I just found this fun new program, called Silk, and have been having a little too much fun with it.  I bet you could have fun as well!  I'll try not to play with it too much.