Friday February 15th, 2013
The first month or so of the semester has been so busy for me! Not a whole lot has changed since I wrote last, but I am finally starting my clinic portion of the Dental Hygiene Program. My very first patient was last night. I am enjoying everything so far, it just takes a little bit to get used to, rather than only having lecture courses I can finally have hands-on application of the information I have been learning. Lately I have been swamped with school work and studying, I am trying to get ahead of my classes by working on projects and assignments before I leave for Spring Break in March. I am so excited to go to Florida and relax on the beach with my friends!
Another important part of my time lately has been applying for various scholarships offered through campus. MSU has many scholarships for students of all levels in their academic programs. I am applying particularly for scholarships offered through the College of Allied Health and Nursing and the Dental Hygiene Department. Some students do not think that it is important to apply for them because they don’t believe that they will receive any of the scholarships. I used to believe the same thing, why would someone choose me out of 50 or more applicants? Last year changed my perspective as I applied and was awarded two scholarships through the Minnesota State Student Association (Student Government). The awards helped me greatly with the costs of my hygiene instruments and supplies, as well as my textbooks for this whole academic year. I hope to receive a few more scholarships for next year in order to help me finish off my last year here at MSU.
My advice for all new, current or transferring college students: APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS! Many opportunities are available within the community, schools and organizations. The more funding you have for school for various things such as textbooks or supplies, the better off you will be!