One Money Mentor on the importance of applying for scholarships
By Amanda Draper, National Content and Social Media Director at NextGenVest
How I’m involved
I currently volunteer with Guardian ad Litem, an organization that puts volunteers on child dependency cases so they have a non-biased party involved in these cases. I’m also in Best Buddies at my school, which is a club where students are paired with a person with an intellectual disability and become buddies.
Some of my interests and hobbies
I like reading and watching television shows and movies! I like a variety of books and novels; my recent favorite is Paradise by Toni Morrison. I also love watching interesting shows. I watched the first season of “Stranger Things” on Netflix and fell in love with it!
What I want high schoolers to know
When I was a senior in high school I applied for scholarships, but I wish I applied for more scholarships and spent more time on them. Also, when I got into my top school I automatically accepted the admission and committed to going there I without looking at the aid that I would be receiving. My school gave me less than I would have received at another school that accepted me. Thankfully I called the financial affairs office and asked if there was any other financial aid that I could get and they told me about a scholarship that I qualified for that if I was awarded it which would cover the cost of attendance. I applied for this scholarship, was awarded the scholarship and will have the scholarship for all of my undergraduate schooling. Money Mentors can help you search for scholarships and financial aid, sign up here: http://ngv.io/match.
The best class I have taken in college so far
My favorite class that I have taken so far is Minorities in American Society. This was a sociology class that discussed racial minorities and the discrimination they experience in in the United States. The class was very interesting and made me realize how much more discrimination racial and ethnic minorities experience and how much more discrimination was present in our society than I previously thought existed.
Working at NextGenVest
I have worked with NextGenVest for a year and a few months and have loved working here! I started working with NextGenVest because I previously held a work-study job at my school’s financial affairs office, so I thought that NextGenVest would be the perfect place for me to use the skills I acquired working in the financial affairs office. I love helping students with a variety of questions and learning more about financial aid and the college process. Once I helped a student with their essay and I gave them and fixed a few grammatical errors they had and the essay turned out great, and they were really thankful! It always makes me happy to help students and I’m glad I can do it often!
*Amber’s responses have been slightly edited for clarity