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How To Have a Sound Mind as A Scholarship Applicant

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Albert Camus, The Rebel, 1951- “Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.”

Having a sound mind is underrated in a world that is encompassed with moving with speed. It has become a generic question from people asking you “what is next” after completing any phase of life. Little attention is paid to what the soul is saying.

Having a sound mind as you journey through scholarship application requires an intentional act of building a sound mind. In the face of receiving rejection letters from several scholarship bodies, how do you sustain a sound mind? Here are few tips:

  1. Pray about everything. It is normal to have anxiety over applications especially when they are beginning to get back to applicants and your friends are sharing their good news with you. This is not the time to be sad, anxious and depressed but instead rise to your feet and pray through. Pray with scriptures and lay hold on God’s promises. Also, it is important to understand God’s timing; this will help you walk and work circumspectly.
  2. Live one day at a time. This means you plan what you want to do per day e.g finishing that report, taking that online course, visiting friends or seeing a movie. Living one day at a time helps to simplify our lives. It erodes anxiety as you breath in fragrance of relaxation. It also help you to know when to say “no” and when to say “yes” to people, things or events.
  3. Love yourself. One of my favorite quotes about life is from Suzuki which says “I am an artist at living – my work of art is my life”. No one will love you like yourself. Loving yourself means taking care of yourself. Not knowing what the outcome of your applications will be? This is the time to give yourself a treat. This is not the time to give in to fear but instead a time to stay happy. Loving yourself requires continuous removal of negative thoughts and replacing them with positive thoughts. This is the time to become purposeful and exhibiting your potential to full cost.
  4. Apply. Yes, it could be draining applying and getting rejection emails. This is not the time to quit but to apply more. Apply to more scholarships. Apply to more internships, online courses, send more cold mails, attend more physical and virtual conferences. This is the period to get busy productively. Having a sound mind will leave you refreshed and hopeful.

As you keep applying, focus on building a sound mind. Your YES is here!!

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