CAN THAT CHILD LEAD HIMSELF/HERSELF II?

Remember where we stopped in CAN THAT CHILD LEAD HIMSELF/HERSELF I. Let us continue.

Count down to school resumption. ‘Holiday is over’ my last child shouted once at a time like this and we all burst into laughter. That is the reality. Back to the grind!

Help that your young child/children pack from a distance, with their list in their hands. It is part of making them lead themselves. Let them know if they forget anything, they did not need it. That works so well for me. Before I put that in place, I used to run across town delivering forgotten items. Have a nice time putting your children together for resumption.

Now, look at or back at the children when they are age two. That age that some choose to call “the terrible twos.” I rather call it “the trying twos.” What do they try? They try everything in sight: exploring their surroundings, how things work and questioning you until you are forced to think about the answer you want to give, as opposed to blurting it out. That curiosity is a problem solving skill that we kill by shouting ‘No, stop that’. Don’t do this!; Don’t touch that! Shutting down their inquisitive, creative minds. So they also try our patience. Meanwhile, Dr.Tai Solarin, the owner of May Flower Ikenne, in the blessed memory, said, all those who did not resume schooling between the ages of 2-6 yrs, missed a key developmental period of the brain. Thank God, there is a way out with God. Some of us missed that, however we tried to make something out of school and life. And the type of school he meant was the exploratory, problem solving type of schooling which we call Montessori today. Not the time-table cramming type most of us went through.
By the time the children need the active problem solving skills, parents had stifled their brains and the next thing they look for is lesson teachers to help them out. A child that was probably born to be a whiz child has had his/her brain pummeled into a numb skull and so a need for someone to help him think through his math problems. A maid to help him with plates and clothes washing at an age when he/she should be cooking light meals for himself/herself. Yet these parents are preparing them to school in a country where there are no maids that serve children nor lesson teachers to wake up their thinking faculties. Let me expatiate on this.

I once read a column in an American children’s magazine where the writer-an educationist, said children do not need extra lessons after school hours. What they need is a shift of the brain away from academics to other things and a return back there some hours later when the brain would have been renewed and reinvigorated for academic activity again IF NEED BE. If need be? Yes, if the child has to prepare for test/exam. And that means, the child just browses through his/her notebook for remembrance only. She said a lesson teacher is hired only if a child has serious learning/academic problems, hence needs help. After school hours is dedicated to developing other aspects of the individual child. No class after class. That’s how American school system operates.

What about maids? They charge per hour abroad and well regulated like every other job, so no such consideration for a child. That gives room for the child to learn to pour his own milk, mess up the table, try to clean the table, further messing up everywhere and exclaiming ‘oh oh’, wondering why both the mug and milk are misbehaving. The next time he wants to pour the milk, he will try to steady the mug. Learning to serve himself rather than being served. This is how they raise children in the country most people desire to send their children to for schooling. However, we are in Nigeria where we need maids. Besides, relatives are all around and can sometimes stay with us, they will want to help out. By all means get a maid if you need one. Accommodate a relative if you have to. However, let the maid or relative know your child has got to use his/her brains so the child can develop and be able to lead himself/herself. If children are consistently being led by maids/relatives and lesson teachers to do what they should naturally do for themselves, when you drop them off in US, Canada, Uk, Finland etc, who will lead them to study like the lesson teacher did in Nigeria? Who will wake them up, cook and ensure they eat like the maid/relative did? Take a minute to run your mind through your child’s life, can he/she lead himself/herself to do something or go where he/she wants to when left alone? Or the child will need someone around to lead him/her? Have you allowed the child to explore and navigate around assignments within your home (a safe, controlled environment) under your watchful eyes? Mistakes made, corrected and reassigned, ensuring the work is completed, preparing him/her for the world outside your safe haven.

Coming back from school, resting and getting up to study by himself/herself without the prodding of a lesson teacher. That is called ‘Personal leadership’. Start it while the child is still with you and be ready to be called names. They usually do not like it, however that is what they really need. Do not try to be your children’s friend. Be a parent first, you will be friends later.

Raise your children locally for the global village. They will eventually thank you. Our children will school and work in diversified environments. Prepare them for that. Whist preparing them, look less at their faces, they will squeeze a lot and throw tantrums. Be observant enough though so you do not alienate them from yourself. Talk to them to make them understand and be in agreement with you on where both of you are headed. Earn their trust enough so you can hear when they are about to go off course with that bad adolescent decision. Finally, being parents means God trusted you enough to make you one. Do not disappoint Him. Use the whip when you need to. Also know when the season of the whip is over and the ‘what’ starts. That time you will rather ask the young adult ‘What is wrong with you?’ and you quickly add ‘I am here for you, can we talk?’ instead of using the whip. Gently bring him/her out, remembering that foolishness dwells in the bones of a child. Find a way to drive it out with gentleness interspersed with firmness.

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Have a restful night!

Mercy Itama (FNIM)

CAN THAT CHILD LEAD HIMSELF/HERSELF I?

Good evening parents. I believe your week is going on as planned.

This article is actually a re-post to remind us all of some things as caretakers and nurturers of the next generation. Parenting is a huge responsibility.

THE ARTICLE:-
Leadership is a topic that is increasingly being researched for insight. Some authors have tried to enlighten us on this relatively new concept. Sir Peter Parker says, “leadership is one of those elusive priorities, an area in which there is no absolute, nor guaranteed model. So it turns out to be not only vital but also fun to talk about “what makes a leader”.

There are two theories that tried to tell us how a leader emerges. The first is the trait theory, and the second is the functional group approach. The first approach assumes that leaders are born and not made. These leaders have inherited characteristics which distinguish them from followers. It is also known as the great man theory.
The functional approach believes that the skills of leadership can be learnt, developed and perfected. This approach has been proven over time by organizations that have sought out people with leadership potential, and exposed them to career experiences designed to develop that potential. Today the saying that “Leaders are born not made” has been changed to “leaders are not born but made”, so everyone can do it. I will not totally discard the first, rather say “leaders are not only born but can be made too”. This is because I have seen genetic inheritance of leader traits in people. Children from primary school through secondary to the tertiary institutions are exposed to leadership development either by positional authority like prefectship or assigned tasks. They are being made to understand that, someone does not have to be the boss to be a leader.
When I teach leadership, the very first place I start is ‘Personal Leadership’. I started doing this long before I saw this topic by a Harvard professor ‘Why should anyone be led by you?’. People will willingly follow people who know where they are going, the professor says. So one should start by waking up and taking oneself somewhere first, then some people will want to follow you. Note I said some, not all. Mike Murdoch said ‘You are not called to everybody’. Be relevant to those God has called you to. Do not try to be someone important to everybody.

The children God gave us to partner with Him to care for need to be taught “Personal Leadership.” We need to teach them as they begin to enter their teen years how to be able to wake themselves up and take themselves to where they want to go. If we do not, we will continually be in their faces, and when we are not, since we need to continue with our own lives, someone else gets in there and takes them off course, which we do not want to happen. However, if they have learnt to be their own leader, starting from small areas that eventually affects the bigger areas of life in future, they will at least be in some form of control.

Parents today want their children to school abroad, very good.
However, remember the cost of ticket now to visit so you can monitor them. If you were his monitor in Nigeria/home country, who will you assign that role to abroad. We hijack the leadership traits our children were born with by paying people to lead them and wonder what happened to the children when those people are no longer there. We parents must know when to pull back and allow our children to navigate, make some mistakes and even laugh at themselves. I often talk to myself too to do this. If we do not do this, they will not be able to develop initiative and creativity in handling what concerns them. Consciously leave them to take up challenges and map out work plans on how to deliver, providing guidance from a reasonable distance. That way, they can learn some problem solving and decision makin skills.
A friend and his wife visited Nigeria sometime ago from Canada and mentioned that I needed to see how some children fall apart in Canada having left the protective covers of their parents. Now, let us think together, what are those things we the parents do/put into the lives of our children that can hijack the release of inherent leadership traits?

Continued in: CAN THAT CHILD LEAD HIMSELF/HERSELF II?
Mercy Itama (FNIM)

Stay Motivated

Tip for today:

Sort out the unimportant worries – We have many worries in life. However, many of them are unimportant and have nothing to do with our main goals. Sort them out so you have more energy for the important ones.

Stay Motivated

Have a backup plan – The path you visualized/imagined might be ideal. However, things may not always happen just how one planned it. Remember, a tip last week-Do Not Beat Up Yourself. Get up and continue moving.

Staying Motivated

Exercise humble optimism.

Positive thinking makes you go a long way. However, being overly optimistic paves the way to greater disappointment. When being optimistic, always remember that optimism and positive thinking should still be based on facts and possible outcomes.

Scholarships And Nationality: Your Guide

 

 

Studying abroad, whether on a temporary or permanent placement can be extremely exciting and is a fantastic opportunity to really experience the world whilst living a different culture for a set period of time. You get the chance to meet people of different backgrounds, values and ideals and immerse yourself in their way of life. It will change your perspective and make you a more complete person. When the opportunity to study abroad comes up, all of the above means that only a fool would turn it down. The last thing you think about is exactly how you will afford it. You would be surprised at how much more expensive studying abroad can be, even if you are only going to be elsewhere for a semester. As a result, it would be wise to look into scholarships and grants. The one question you should ask yourself, though, is does nationality make any difference to your chance of getting funding. The answer is a resounding yes!

However, it is not an answer in the affirmative to the end that you think it would apply to! Studying abroad does not hinder your chances of getting a scholarship or grant. In fact, it helps it because there are so many more bodies you can apply and appeal to for funding so you can truly experience the world by living somewhere else. There are literally thousands of scholarships around the world that are aimed at study abroad students, although some are only offered to individuals that plan to spend an extended period of time elsewhere in the world. Nationality does not seem to matter because most stipulate geographical boundaries in terms of study aid or are aimed at a specific type of person. Gender, age and ethnicity are popular categories.

If you do want further information about studying abroad, nationality and the scholarships that you could apply for, take a look at www.studyabroad.org. This is a comprehensive website that allows individuals to take a look at what exactly is on offer for anyone to apply for. The list is fantastic and it gives you all the information you need to get started.

So what about nationality and scholarships in the US? Nationality may actually make it easier for an American citizen to get funding than it would a non-American student. There is no hard and fast rule that states no foreign national can apply for a scholarship offered by an American company or body if studying in the US, although it is imperative that they do study in there. However, a high percentage of the scholarships on offer to students do have clauses in the terms and conditions stating that applicants do have to be an American citizen in order to continue onto the next phase of selection.

It is completely up to the company or body as to whether they consider nationality as a reason for exemption, but this does mean that the money is kept within the USA, which is why many companies do attach that clause to their scholarship terms. Many see it as unfair if an individual with another nationality applies because they stand a chance of beating an American out. Although this is effectively discrimination and a foreign student may actually look the best on paper, it still stands and will probably never be removed from some of the scholarships that carry it now.

Funding, especially scholarships and grants, are designed to help students. Some will help all comers whereas others do discriminate on nationality. This has become even more pronounced since the terror attack on September 11, 2001. This is understandable because by reducing the applicants to only United States citizens, they are cutting the risk that their scholarships could admit terrorists to the country. Although it is the university or college that issues the visa, scholarship committees want no part of it. Considering all of the terror suspects were admitted on student visas, you could see why they want no part of it! However, this does not help legitimate students one little bit and these rules will not be broken any time soon!

The Questions To Ask About Grants And Scholarships

 

 

 

Much is known about grants and scholarships in general. Their existence have been much documented over the years and everybody who has ever known anyone who has been to university or college in the recent past will know the rudimentary basics, but there is a lot more to scholarships and grants than meets the eye. There are fundamental questions that should be asked of every single scholarship before anyone wanting to go to college even applies for them because those questions often determine which ones are the best ones for you. If you ask the questions below then you will not go far wrong!

This is a question that needs to be asked of every scholarship purely and simply because every scholarship is different. Some may only last for a year, others last for two and a few will last for the duration of your degree course. If you are counting on funding for the duration of your degree then you will need to ensure that the scholarships you apply for actually meet that want or need. It may be that you need to contact the provider of the scholarship to check this detail because it may not be publicized in the literature that you receive.

Again, this answer all depends on the individual scholarship. Most scholarships tend to be full scholarships so they encompass tuition and housing. The grants you can apply for usually only cover one aspect or another. In fact, that is not always the case. Some only designate a set amount of money for books or similar materials. You need to make sure that you know exactly what you will be applying for and what your scholarship or grant will be paying for because it does drastically vary. Certain scholarships actually designate a certain amount for you rather than covering a certain aspect of your study. For example, one school-based scholarship offers between $10,000 and $3000, depending on the nature of the scholarship.

 

Where will my financial aid cheque go?

 

The majority of financial aid cheque will not go to you, rather it will head straight to your school. The cheques need to be payable to the college you will be attending because they are used against costs, such as tuition and housing. If so much of a scholarship is towards living costs and has covered the rent then you may have that back, but the rest will go into your account at the college. There are very few exceptions to this rule. However, you may need to contact your college before applying to see what their procedure is.

What are the requirements I must meet in order to maintain my scholarship?

If you have been awarded a scholarship then you will almost certainly be awarded it on a conditional basis. You would usually have to maintain a certain GPA in order to qualify, although that sometimes translates into certain subjects or classes rather than overall. Different bodies and colleges set different targets for the students that they have awarded money to, but this should be in the literature for you to read before you accept the offer. Every scholarship is conditional, but it is up to ascertain what those conditions are.

 

Can I hold more than one scholarship at the same time?

That all depend on the terms and conditions of the scholarships as set by the body that administers the individual ones. The general rule is that you cannot hold more than one scholarship, but this is slightly different with grants. If you are awarded help from several bodies then you can take it, as long as you inform all sources that you hold more than one because this may affect their assessment. For example, you can hold a college and a federal hardship grant and you cannot have one without the other, but you do have to inform both parties of the help you are getting!

TBD

How to Get High Scores in Your ACT And SAT Exams

 

Having good scores, indeed high scores in the above exams is very important to get a scholarship.  

Ensure you pass your country specific exams, knowing that without that you cannot even talk of international exams. For African countries, West African School Certificate examinations (WASC) is the core exam for secondary (high school) leavers. National Examinations Council  (NECO) is another for Nigerians before proceeding to take external examinations. WASC is a very important exam that some American schools accept it only for admission. However, most schools abroad still demand for the above, either ACT or SAT. In United Kingdom, A levels is their demand. In Canada, some schools request for SAT scores, some request for A levels.

Raising your scores in ACT and SAT exam could be very critical since there are instances that college administrations are making these exams a bit difficult in order to completely and extremely assess the skills and knowledge of the students. Hence, you need to create a strategy on how to acquire flying scores upon taking any of these exams.

There are three basic strategies that every student must always initiate in order to achieve high scores and show that they really deserve to be admitted in the school of their choice. These strategies include:

  1. Efficient Study Habits

Before taking any of the two types of exam make sure that you spare time studying some of their past lessons in order to assure yourself that you are ready to take the exam. Aiming for a high scores is not an easy goal without even scanning some of your notes. You always need to study hard before taking the exam since this would be an effective key in achieving high scores in the exams.

Focusing and working hard are very important if you really want a high scores with your ACT and SAT exams, indeed in any exam. If you are responsible and very dedicated towards your goal then you will be significantly qualified and deserving to have a high scores in whatever exam college schools and institutions would be administering.

 

  1. Time Management

In order to enhance your own study skills and also be able to attempt all questions in the exam hall, you need to be more particular about managing your time. Students who don’t have any idea on how to manage their time lose huge number of points because they will run out of time  in the exam hall. But this is not the scenario for students who know how to deal with time management since they are be able to divide their time to the number of questions they are supposed to answer having practiced extensively.

  1. Quick Way of Answering

The thirdd strategy that you need to have in order to acquire flying scores in your ACT and SAT exams would be your quickness in answering all the questions in the exam. Quickness in doing this doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to guess every time you don’t have an idea about the correct answer. You need to acquire quickness provided you clearly understand questions covered in the exam. That is the reason you have to study with a syllabus and also solve past questions to be adequately prepared.

Surf the internet for study sites that have the past questions, time yourself and solve the questions. Mark and get a score. Chances are your scores in the real exams would not be far from those your private ones. Prepare and go for it. May God grant you both favor and success. Your parents will be greatly relieved financially with any form of scholarship, partial or full!

TBC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Studying on Scholarship and Managing Your Health

 

If you are considering applying for a scholarship then it can be an absolute nightmare if you do not know where to begin. You would have to trawl through books, articles and website in order to get the information that you need to be able to complete an application form without making one of the many mistakes that could get it discarded. And then there is the fact that you have to hype yourself up to get noticed amongst the thousands of other applicants. All in all, it can be an extremely stressful experience if you do not know what to expect before you begin to fill out the required forms. In truth, this makes research extremely necessary before you put pen to paper. This can ease the burden on you and save you from a few sleepless nights.

However, it is only after you have filled in the application form that the problems really start for you on a very personal level. Waiting for a letter that could make the difference between you going to college and not can take its toll on your health in the short term. It can be extremely stressful waiting for a letter that would mean so much more than simply having money in your bank account. Be prepared for sleepless nights and days in which you are unable to eat. Of course, this would only actually apply if you would face financial burden whilst at college without it, or maybe would not even be able to go at all. If you are financially secure and able to go to college as a result of your parents’ income then you have nothing to worry about.

If this strain is taking its toll on you during the weeks waiting then could use your nervous energy for another purpose. Many individuals apply for the scholarship they want and need before even looking at others, but if you have not already looked at other opportunities that you may be eligible for then this is the time to do that. Why not use your nervous energy to scour scholarship and grant databases? There are hardship grants available to those who sit below the poverty line, and other similar grants designed for individuals that cannot afford an education without it. You could also get a job to save some money to put towards your college fund. The stress at this stage is actually manageable in comparison to the stress that would come if you were awarded the scholarship.

Stress can take a massive toll on your health so it is extremely important that you manage and channel the stress so that you actually work it off as you are going along. Focusing on working or a task that you have always meant to get around to but never had the chance, like volunteering somewhere or decorating your room, can actually be beneficial to your health as a result. This advice is all the more important when you are accepted for a scholarship and have to maintain the levels they expect in order to keep the scholarship.

The majority of scholarships are awarded for the term of your university course, depending on you maintaining a certain grade point average (GPA), which will almost certainly be a high one. Very few scholarships are awarded that allow you to fall below a 3.2. This does put you under immense pressure and can actually cause depression, anxiety and a variety of physical illnesses because you will be working so hard that your body will no doubt become run down. If you couple your academic work with the fact that you will probably have to get yourself a job to see you through and allow you to eat then you may have very little time on your hands for anything else, but you should always make time to relax. Relaxing allows your body to unwind and will keep you in far better health than any amount of lotions and potions ever would.

You must always look after yourself whilst at university. The amount of pressure put on students these days is immense, and a scholarship usually serves to apply a little more pressure to achieve the needed GPA. To succeed in college, you must look after your health and finding a way to manage your stress is the only way possible.

TBC

Relevant Questions To Ask About Grants And Scholarships

Much is known about grants and scholarships in general. Their existence have been much documented over the years and everybody who has ever known anyone who has been to university or college in the recent past will know the rudimentary basics, but there is a lot more to scholarships and grants than meets the eye. There are fundamental questions that should be asked of every single scholarship before anyone wanting to go to college even applies for them because those questions often determine which ones are the best ones for you. If you ask the questions below then you will not go far wrong!

How long will my scholarship last for?

This is a question that needs to be asked of every scholarship purely and simply because every scholarship is different. Some may only last for a year, others last for two and a few will last for the duration of your degree course. If you are counting on funding for the duration of your degree then you will need to ensure that the scholarships you apply for actually meet that want or need. It may be that you need to contact the provider of the scholarship to check this detail because it may not be publicized in the literature that you receive.

What does my scholarship encompass?

Again, this answer all depends on the individual scholarship. Most scholarships tend to be full scholarships so they encompass tuition and housing. The grants you can apply for usually only cover one aspect or another. In fact, that is not always the case. Some only designate a set amount of money for books or similar materials. You need to make sure that you know exactly what you will be applying for and what your scholarship or grant will be paying for because it does drastically vary. Certain scholarships actually designate a certain amount for you rather than covering a certain aspect of your study. For example, one school-based scholarship offers between $10,000 and $3000, depending on the nature of the scholarship.

Where will my financial aid cheque go?

The majority of financial aid cheque will not go to you, rather it will head straight to your school. The cheques need to be payable to the college you will be attending because they are used against costs, such as tuition and housing. If so much of a scholarship is towards living costs and has covered the rent then you may have that back, but the rest will go into your account at the college. There are very few exceptions to this rule. However, you may need to contact your college before applying to see what their procedure is.

What are the requirements I must meet in order to maintain my scholarship?

If you have been awarded a scholarship then you will almost certainly be awarded it on a conditional basis. You would usually have to maintain a certain GPA in order to qualify, although that sometimes translates into certain subjects or classes rather than overall. Different bodies and colleges set different targets for the students that theyhave awarded money to, but this should be in the literature for you to read before you accept the offer. Every scholarship is conditional, but it is up to ascertain what those conditions are.

Can I hold more than one scholarship at the same time?

That all depend on the terms and conditions of the scholarships as set by the body that administers the individual ones. The general rule is that you cannot hold more than one scholarship, but this is slightly different with grants. If you are awarded help from several bodies then you can take it, as long as you inform all sources that you hold more than one because this may affect their assessment. For example, you can hold a college and a federal hardship grant and you cannot have one without the other, but you do have to inform both parties of the help you are getting!

The Questions To Ask About Grants And Scholarships

Much is known about grants and scholarships in general. Their existence have been much documented over the years and everybody who has ever known anyone who has been to university or college in the recent past will know the rudimentary basics, but there is a lot more to scholarships and grants than meets the eye. There are fundamental questions that should be asked of every single scholarship before anyone wanting to go to college even applies for them because those questions often determine which ones are the best ones for you. If you ask the questions below then you will not go far wrong!

How long will my scholarship last for?

This is a question that needs to be asked of every scholarship purely and simply because every scholarship is different. Some may only last for a year, others last for two and a few will last for the duration of your degree course. If you are counting on funding for the duration of your degree then you will need to ensure that the scholarships you apply for actually meet that want or need. It may be that you need to contact the provider of the scholarship to check this detail because it may not be publicized in the literature that you receive.

What does my scholarship encompass?

Again, this answer all depends on the individual scholarship. Most scholarships tend to be full scholarships so they encompass tuition and housing. The grants you can apply for usually only cover one aspect or another. In fact, that is not always the case. Some only designate a set amount of money for books or similar materials. You need to make sure that you know exactly what you will be applying for and what your scholarship or grant will be paying for because it does drastically vary. Certain scholarships actually designate a certain amount for you rather than covering a certain aspect of your study. For example, one school-based scholarship offers between $10,000 and $3000, depending on the nature of the award.

Where will my financial aid cheque go?

The majority of financial aid cheque will not go to you, rather it will head straight to your school. The cheques need to be payable to the college you will be attending because they are used against costs, such as tuition and housing. If so much of a scholarship is towards living costs and has covered the rent then you may have that back, but the rest will go into your account at the college. There are very few exceptions to this rule. However, you may need to contact your college before applying to see what their procedure is.

What are the requirements I must meet in order to maintain my scholarship?

If you have been awarded a scholarship then you will almost certainly be awarded it on a conditional basis. You would usually have to maintain a certain GPA in order to qualify, although that sometimes translates into certain subjects or classes rather than overall. Different bodies and colleges set different targets for the students that they have awarded money to, but this should be in the literature for you to read before you accept the offer. Every scholarship is conditional, but it is up to ascertain what those conditions are.

Can I hold more than one scholarship at the same time?

That all depend on the terms and conditions of the scholarships as set by the body that administers the individual ones. The general rule is that you cannot hold more than one scholarship, but this is slightly different with grants. If you are awarded help from several bodies then you can take it, as long as you inform all sources that you hold more than one because this may affect their assessment. For example, you can hold a college and a federal hardship grant and you cannot have one without the other, but you do have to inform both parties of the help you are getting!

TBC

Finding Educational Financial Aid for College Education

 

Having children is one of the happiest times of a couple’s life. It’s that time when you come to realize that you no longer live for yourself alone, but for two or more other people and that makes one sober. As the children grow, the responsibilities become heavier. Expenses beyond feeding them and clothing them set in and grow as they are also growing.

If you have children who are now going to college, you have to think of their financial needs. Probably you still remember your own collegiate years and you are aware of the financial needs of an ordinary college student. However, the difference is that you are now the parent—you will now be the one to think of the different payments that you need to settle for your children’s college education, such as college application, scholastic assessment test expenditures, transcript of records, and others. Add to it the lodging and food allowance of your children if the college or university is far away from your own residence.

Thinking all of these college-related expenses could be bothering and overwhelming as well, especially if your salary is not enough to support such expenses and your family’s financial needs at the same time. But if you know how to get a college financial aid for your children, you will find out that everything will work out smoothly.

 

Start the Search for Educational Financial Aid Early

  • When your children are still in their high school years, you should start searching for potential universities that offer college scholarships for deserving freshman students as well as financial aid programs funded by different organizations. You may start your search on the Internet to look for possible college financial aid options for your children.
  • Once you find a prospective university, visit their main office or go to their website and inquire for any college scholarship or financial aid offers.
  • Always ask for the cut-off dates of filing and submission of college financial aid application forms.
  • Tell your children about the importance of a scholarship to their college education. Make them aware that they have plenty of options to consider as long as they have good high school scholastic records. In this way, you will be able to motivate them to study harder and make good grades, thus increasing your chances of a good financial aid.
  • You may also consider filing an application for financial aid programs funded by the Federal government. State-owned colleges and universities offer this kind of financial assistance to qualified and deserving students who want to pursue their college studies despite financial difficulties. You may submit the FAFSA (Free Application Form Student Aid) personally and on time. FAFSA is the official form used to request federal, state and school assistance in paying for college.
  • Make certain that you have completed all the FAFSA requirements (such as current bank account statements, monthly income records, present mortgage information, and others) and understand the rights or special advantages before accepting the financial aid for your children. You may also check if the financial aid is renewable.

With different financial aid programs such as college scholarships and federal grants, you are assured of a bright future for your children despite the financial difficulties that you are currently experiencing.

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Getting The Best Financial Assistance Through College Scholarship Search Engine

 

 

College education is not as simple as it was before. In fact, the cost of studying in college nowadays is becoming quite expensive, considering that there are now additional fees to be taken care of. Aside from the tuition fees, you have the laboratory fees, college-bound books that should be purchased within the school premises, and other miscellaneous fees (for health). Add to it the cost of board and lodging as well as the food expenses if you decide to study in a college or university situated on other states.

If your family is financially-strapped that even your basic needs are not fully met, it will be a hard time for you to convince your parents to allow you to study in college. Getting a college degree will just remain to be one of your wildest dreams forever—not unless you do something to realize such drea

You may seek some part-time work so that you will have sufficient funds to finance your college education. However, this type of action will certainly have an adverse effect in your studies, especially if you cannot guarantee that you can handle your part-time work and your college studies at the same time. Thus, it is not an ideal option for a student who opts to study without any important interference, such as a part-time work.

Fortunately, there is still an available and at the same time an ideal option for you. That is, to get yourself a college scholarship.

Your college scholarship will help you finance your college studies and obtain the degree that you want. There are different types of college scholarships that are intended for a specific college degree, whether you decide to pursue a commerce or an engineering career someday. Furthermore, these college scholarships have sufficient funding—either from the federal and state government, colleges and universities, or private institutions—to assure that every scholar will finish their respective degrees without any delay with regards to the financial aspect.

The great thing about a college scholarship is that you are not required to reimburse the expenses that you have incurred during your college years. The funds are allocated for you as if these are your own funds. It is advantageous for students who wants to earn a college degree yet does not have the necessary financial capabilities to do so, compared to other forms of financial assistance such as college loans or federal loans.

At this point, you are probably worrying about where to find these college scholarships that are available. You need not worry; for the Internet is now flooded with college scholarships search engines. This special type of online-based search engine is an online directory of different types of college scholarships, together with the name of the sponsor and their contact phone numbers. If you are lucky in your search in a single college scholarship search engine, you will be provided with the qualifications to be eligible for that scholarship. Thus, through this search engine, you will be able to come up with the college scholarship that will suit your specific college needs.

With these college scholarship search engines, you will have the golden opportunity of getting the degree that you want despite the financial difficulties that you are experiencing. Use this one-of-a-kind advantage and see the results—you may just find yourself with other aspiring college freshman falling in line to pay for tuition fees.

 

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Online Search To Access A Fast And Free College Recruiting Scholarship

 

The myriad applications on online transactions extend to the colleges’ and universities’ expansion of services. Both connections are working for the benefit of the student population. Since the use of the web has been a rudimentary tool for learning – as used by students for research or for online education – it is a smart evolution to link college recruiting scholarship agencies to the net

After a long period of internet marketing, online recruitment has alleviated the processes of searching for college scholarships, dropping the conventional falling in a long line and standing the heat, sweat and slow processes. Thus, switching from one recruitment company to another is just some clicks away. Not to mention that this is all for free – free from transportation expenses and quotation fees.

This makes it possible that at one time, you are studying the system in a particular scholarship grant of a university and all at once move to another. Then, you can easily compare the benefits, tuition and miscellaneous fees and the governing regulations of the different institutions.

The internet has provided free recruiting companies with credible information. All you had to do is find the directory of those with intellectual property rights and trademarks among the queue of names. Although certain procedures had been taken into account to filter the yellow pages of scams, the student must also be meticulous in choosing where to submit the scholarship grant application. Surely, no one would want his efforts to be wasted.

The online college scholarship recruiting companies offers many advantages. University visits are facilitated while they have the convenience of their privacy. In addition, instant answers are posted even before a query could be made because of FAQ links provided. Navigating the web also introduces students to other scholarship awarding faculties, bodies, or companies.

When you have done enough surfing, you are ready to fill up an application form. This is of course after meeting the requirements of the scholarship or grant that you intend to apply for. The requirements are usually posted together with the ads of the scholarship recruitment company. Certain eligibility factors are considered in online college recruitment just like in the typical process. If you know that you are qualified in the standards set by the board, then there’s no reason to delay the application.

When submitting an application, make sure that you attach with it the necessary documents. Submission of incomplete requirements can lead to disqualification. In any case, you will receive a notice of acceptance or denial of your application. If your application is approved, that will be a huge congratulations then. It’s an achievement!. But if your application is denied, try again. It’s all about persevering to achieve your goals, that should be one principal quality of a scholar. Because the college scholarship recruiting company aims to establish a connection between the student and the university, it also has the responsibility to present the admission process. Necessary information such as dates of enrollment, start of classes and orientation should be laid at the bulletin boards.

All these advantages are laid bare in the net. All you have to do is extend a little effort and scrutinize the validity of the recruiting company. All these sum up to the campaign of education for all.

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AN INTRODUCTION TO SCHOLARSHIP

Money does seem to make the world go round these days and that is not always a good thing for anyone looking to advance himself or herself. If you cannot afford an education then you are missing out on one chance to fulfil your own potential. This can actually have a knock on effect on the rest of the surrounding area. You may have skills that could be of great service to another and yet never have the opportunity to develop them, and that is why it is extremely important to seek out any way possible of fulfilling your potential and developing yourself to the fullest extent. That is in fact where scholarships come in!

Scholarships and grants can provide a fantastic source of financial aid for individuals who either deserve it in terms of their talent or are struggling as a result of financial hardship. In some cases, the individual actually falls under both category headings. Regardless of where they fit into the scheme of things, talented individuals that need help can get it from a scholarship or grant.

A scholarship is a financial merit-based award that a student would have to apply for. The scholarship may be a package of financial aid to help the student. It could include housing and course materials as well as tuition, or just the tuition. It may only be a percentage of the tuition. This is dependent on the terms and conditions of the scholarship itself and what it offers. It may last for an academic year or for the duration of your degree course. However, it will always have conditions attached, and this will most likely relate to your grade point average. It would have to remain above a certain level for you to qualify for the scholarship.

 

 

A grant is totally different. Again, you would have to apply for it, but it would be a one off payment that would be awarded to you for a specific purpose. It may be a specific topic you are working on would be eligible for funding and you were given a grant of a set amount to help. You may be eligible for a housing grant if your family’s income level is below a certain level. Whatever the reason for the award, it is a one off payment of a set amount.

Scholarships can be applied for by anyone attending an academic institution for a period of time. The application forms are usually quite extensive and can take hours to fill in properly. One slight mistake on the form could get it discarded, so the most important thing for you to do is actually read through the instructions and comply with what it is asking from you to the letter! There will literally be thousands of candidates for any scholarship so you have to be able to make your application stand out from the crowd in order to obtain the funding.

The one rule is, do not lie. If you do they will find out during the course of their investigations and considerations, and your application will immediately be rejected! Always be honest, show your awards and merits up in the best light possible if you want results. It may also be worth applying for several scholarships and grants at any given time so that you are not putting your eggs in one basket. It never hurts to have a back up, especially where college and money is concerned!

Scholarships and grants can be difficult to get to grips with if you have never experienced them before, so it is essential that you fully understand the process and concept before beginning to apply. Financing is important for college students these days, so you owe it to yourself to do the best you can in terms of your application. It is your future after all!

 

 

TO BE CONTINUED.

 

CAN THAT CHILD LEAD HIMSELF/HERSELF I?

Good evening parents. I believe your week is going on as planned.

This article is actually a re-post to remind us all of some things as caretakers and nurturers of the our next generation.

Leadership is a topic that is increasingly being researched for insight. Some authors have tried to enlighten us on this relatively new concept. Sir Peter Parker says, “leadership is one of those elusive priorities, an area in which there is no absolute, nor guaranteed model. So it turns out to be not only vital but also fun to talk about “what makes a leader”.

There are two theories that tried to tell us how a leader emerges. The first is the trait theory, and the second is the functional group approach. The first approach assumes that leaders are born and not made. These leaders have inherited characteristics which distinguish them from followers. It is also known as the great man theory.
The functional approach believes that the skills of leadership can be learnt, developed and perfected. This approach has been proven over time by organizations that have sought out people with leadership potential, and exposed them to career experiences designed to develop that potential. Today the saying that “Leaders are born not made” has been changed to “leaders are not born but made”, so everyone can do it. I will not totally discard the first, rather say “leaders are not only born but can be made too”. This is because I have seen genetic inheritance of leader traits in people. Children from primary school through secondary to the tertiary institutions are exposed to leadership development either by positional authority like prefectship or assigned tasks. They are being made to understand that, someone does not have to be the boss to be a leader.
When I teach leadership, the very first place I start is ‘Personal Leadership’. I started doing this long before I saw this topic by a Harvard professor ‘Why should anyone be led by you?’.  People will willingly follow people who know where they are going, the professor says. So one should start by waking up and taking oneself somewhere first, then some people will want to follow you. Note I said some, not all. Mike Murdoch said ‘You are not called to everybody’. Be relevant to those God has called you to. Do not try to be someone important to everybody.

The children God gave us to partner with Him to care for need to be taught “Personal Leadership.” We need to teach them as they begin to enter their teen years how to be able to wake themselves up and take themselves to where they want to go. If we do not, we will continually be in their faces; and when we are not, since we need to continue with our own lives, someone else gets in there and takes them off course, which we do not want to happen. However, if they have learnt to be their own leader, starting from small areas that eventually affects the bigger areas of life in future, they will at least be in some form of control.

Parents today want their children to school abroad, very good. However, remember the cost of ticket now to visit so you can monitor them. If you were his monitor in Nigeria/home country, who will you assign that role to abroad. We hijack the leadership traits our children were born with by paying people to lead them and wonder what happened to the children when those people are no longer there. We parents must know when to pull back and allow our children to navigate, make some mistakes and even laugh at themselves. I often talk to myself too to do this. If we do not do this, they will not be able to develop initiative and creativity in handling what concerns them. Consciously leave them to take up challenges and map out work plans on how to deliver, providing guidance from a reasonable distance. That way, they can learn some skills.

A friend and his wife visited Nigeria sometime ago from Canada and mentioned that I needed to see how some children fall apart in Canada having left the protective covers of their parents. Now, let us think together, what are those things we the parents do/put into the lives of our children that can hijack the release of inherent leadership traits?

Continued in: CAN THAT CHILD LEAD HIMSELF/HERSELF II?