I'm hoping this blog does not turn into a purely navel-gazing blog but that's kind of where I'm at for the time being. Nor do I want it to turn into a purely education-related blog (of the navel-gazing variety, given the fact that I'm talking about MY education here) but, again, that's where I'm at for the time-being.
I'm heading down to pick up my textbooks tomorrow. Five books for $420. Ouch. And those are USED! (and before anyone starts in, yes I did check Amazon, half.com, and a few other textbook websites. Surprisingly, the college bookstore had the lowest prices especially after you include shipping) I've filed my FAFSA and right now, I'm only eligible for student loans. Since I'm still paying off my student loans from my LAST college experience, I'm going to do my best to avoid taking on any more of those unless it becomes absolutely necessary.
Given the fact that I'm a "non-traditional student", I'm a military spouse (for the time-being), and I'm going into a field that is facing some pretty severe shortages in terms of staffing, I shouldn't have too much trouble tracking down some scholarships and grants. If MacGyver's Army career comes to a screeching halt, our income would drop to -0- and that would make me eligible for much more in the way of grants and scholarships. It's not ideal to live on financial aid but if that's what needs to happen then we will make it happen.
In the mean time, I am searching for scholarships. My first stop is the National Military Family Association. They have the Joanne Holbrook Patton Memorial scholarships available. So I'm submitting an application for that one. The two short answer/essay questions are:
Short-answer question (3 sentences or less): How will the education this money provides change your life?
Essay (300-500 words): When you became a military spouse you were immediately eligible for health care through the military. What do you like the most about the health care you are receiving as a military family member? What do you like least? What would you recommend to change it? (Any words more than the 500 word limit will not be given to the judges.)
Interesting questions. I understand the first one but the second one isn't something I would expect to be asked as part of a scholarship application. I'll post my answers once I actually finish them but while I'm working on them, how would YOU answer them?