While letting the dog into the backyard Saturday, I heard a strange noise coming from my kitchen. I assumed it was the ice maker, but walked over to the refrigerator to double check. I even went as far as opening up the freezer to diagnosis the loud hissing sound. To no avail, I assumed I had been right.
After about forty-five minutes of homework, I noticed that Ally, my two-year-old German Shepherd, was awfully quiet. Four minutes would have been enough time for her to wreak havoc in my backyard, let alone forty-five. Upon glancing out of the backdoor to make sure she was okay, I headed to the kitchen to grab a soda. To my surprise, my kitchen had a quarter-of-an-inch of water covering the floor.
I immediately ran to grab my phone to call my mom; the equivalent of dialing 911. She told me to check the ice maker. I checked again, but could still hear the awful hissing. Her next instructions were to check the back of the refrigerator. Aha! A mist, similar to the fans at Six Flags used to cool patrons down in the hot summers, was coming from the back of the fridge. After finally getting the water source turned off, we called Sears on three-way. It was concluded that a new refrigerator was needed. After learning of the future expense, I began constructing the largest mop I could from a gazillion towels.
Although the water did not cause any damage, it was literally inches away from ruining my wood floors. Thankfully, I was able to catch the flood when I did. The only real stress experienced was the headache of cleanup and a much smaller investment in a new refrigerator.
This is the time of the year when scholarship notifications are starting to surface. Whether or not you’ve been awarded a scholarship, you have to track what you are doing. If you don’t, you could easily think that everything is fine…until a flood appears. In other words, “Mayhem” could strike at any moment. If you measure your movements, needed modifications to your scholarship process will magnify. I’d hate for you to continue using a broken system that essentially has the ability to cost you a lot of money. Starting today, pledge to monitor all of your scholarship actions.
This week’s scholarships are great starting points:
- The Verbal Ink Transcription Services Scholarship: Language impacts students on various levels. This 500-1,000 word essays allows high school seniors and first year college students an opportunity to share a story about how language has helped them express their voice.
Deadline: April 18th
- Math-O-Vision Movie Contest: Tell an original story inspired by mathematics. Think. Create. Reveal a mind-expanding view of the word as it appears through math. Team entries are also acceptable.
Deadline: May 1st
- East Villagers Service Scholar Contest: This scholarship is for middle school and high school students that are service-minded scholarships. Here, you’ll express your passion for community service through participating in either their essay or artwork contest.
Award: $75-$500 (Every penny counts)!
Deadline: May 2nd
- Joshua David Gardner Memorial Scholarship: Students ages 17 to 25 who are admitted or enrolled in an accredited four-year historically black college or university, apply for this scholarship. The essay prompt centers on the 50th Anniversary of the March of Washington.
Award: Up to $2,000
Deadline: April 30th
Happy Tuition Tuesday! If you’ve got any refrigerator suggestions, you’ve got my email