Honestly, I feel like scholarships are an absolute waste of time and energy.
I spent almost 10 hours a week during my sophomore and junior years sifting through scholarship after scholarship to apply for. I spent so much time trying to find ones I even qualified to apply for.
And in the end?
Nothing. Not a single damn scholarship.
I had nothing to show for my efforts, nothing to show for hours I labored away.
Does this mean you shouldn’t apply for scholarships?
I feel like the market for scholarships is over-saturated and the people applying for scholarships are over-applying.
There’s no limit to applying for multiple scholarships and if some are lottery-based, then yeah, other kids are going to have a better chance at winning certain scholarships.
Honestly, if I could go back in time and spend those hours upon hours differently, I would’ve picked up a hobby or a sport or a club instead. Then I would’ve been able to narrow the field of my scholarship search.
But then again, my dear cousin, who I think is brilliant and talented, never won any scholarships for her photography, IB and AP scores, for being over 5 foot 10 as a girl, or for both parents being divorced.
It’s a flawed system, making children compete and jump through ridiculous hoops just to find money to better their future.