You may not realize this, but you possess a secret scholarship super power to help you win scholarships. Knowing what it is will make the scholarship process less stressful and more of a fun and insightful way to learn more about your strengths and what makes you a unique and qualified student.
Have no idea what you scholarship super power is? Take a look at the following descriptions and see which one best describes your capabilities and skills.
The Time Management Super Power
This student is described as a Type A personality. They tend to keep a detailed planner either on their phone or tablet jam packed with things to do. This person keeps themselves in check by following their schedule. This student tends to like order and probably has a super-neat and tidy room that may put yours to shame.
Scholarship Strength: This student will have no problem starting their scholarship search as early as possible. They will have the advantage of having a good set of organizational skills that will help them pick and list their scholarships. This person will make sure that everything in the scholarship process is done on time and properly.
The Activist Super Power
This person often gets described as passionate. This person advocates an array of causes like animal rights, the environment, a certain political party, a religion, their own ethnic group or international issues. Whatever their passion may be, they’re clearly driven and motivated students.
Scholarship Strength: This student will have no problem finding a number of scholarships geared towards their passion and due to their participation in numerous activist organizations they’ll have plenty of essay writing material to win over judges.
The Book Worm Super Power
This person tends to enjoy their weekends reading in instead of catching the latest blockbuster flick. They excel in any class where writing and reading is involved. They are often creative thinkers. Their introspective nature may be often overlooked as shyness, but they’re just hyper-observant.
Scholarship Strength: This student will relish doing research into finding scholarships. The search for scholarships involves a lot of computer researching and reading, both skills this student excels at. Where these students will really shine is in the scholarship essay portion, these students will have the advantage of displaying good grammar and essay structure, and for an added advantage these students can take advantage of essay and book scholarships available.
The Athlete Super Power
This student spends their free time away from the mall and more on the field. They love being outdoors and playing sports with their friends. They enjoy healthy competition and bounding with their teammates who are their closest friends.
Scholarship Strength: This student can find scholarships offered specifically for athletes. They also can draw on their teamwork and leadership skills in their sport to put on their application, this makes for a great student athlete candidate. When in search for a recommendation they can look no further than to their coach.
The Nerd Super Power
Whether their face is buried in a comic book or math textbook this student likes all things science, math, sci-fi, fantasy and superhero. They’re probably known as one of the smartest students in your class and their often approached for IPhone repair or Game of Thrones questions. Their introverted nature may make them appear anti-social, but they do enjoy the company of people once they get to know them.
Scholarship Strength: This student will have no problem finding scholarship geared towards their interests. Whether their planning on majoring in a STEM field in college or have a flair for Star Trek, there’s a scholarship waiting for them to apply to. Their lack of extrovert skills won’t kill their chances of winning a scholarship in fact introverts have good listening and researching skills that will help them in scholarship interviews.
The Good Ol’ Average Student Super Power
Not every student can be a star athlete, science whiz, storytelling master or type A perfectionist. There are a lot of students out there that don’t stand out at first glance, but in reality, these students do possess unique qualities that make them just as qualified to win a scholarship as any other student. This student has average grades, but an above average character.
Scholarship Strength: This so-called “average” student can stand above their average grades and test scores and show that their much more than that. There are scholarships out there that look more into the character of the candidate than the academic skills they have. These students can find their own unique qualifiers by looking at their hobbies and interests and start from there.
The nation’s premier leadership training grounds, like Harvard Business School and West Point, are particularly good places to explore attitudes about leadership. At Harvard Business School, an institution that one graduate described to me as “the spiritual capital of extroversion,” grades are based half on class participation, and first years do most of their studying in mandatory groups called learning teams. Students are expected to be relentlessly social outside of class, too. “I go out at night like it’s my job,” one student told me.
At West Point, where I had the honor of addressing a group this week, the cadets were thoughtful about the traits good leaders possess — and how easy it is to prioritize them incorrectly. “I think we tend to get it backwards,” one cadet told me. “We become so focused on becoming leaders that we see that development as an end in itself and therefore become less eager to truly get behind something and have a purposive direction in which to lead.”
Many of this nation’s finest leaders have been extroverts — but plenty have not. Jim Collins, in his study of the best-performing companies of the late 20th century, found that they were all led by chief executives known primarily for their fierce will and dedication — and were often described with words like “reserved” and “understated.”
“The one and only personality trait the effective ones I have encountered did have in common,” wrote the author and management consultant Peter Drucker on leaders, “was something they did not have: they had little or no ‘charisma’ and little use either for the term or what it signifies.”
One such extraordinary leader is the former Marine commandant and self-described introvert Gen. Charles C. Krulak. In an interview last week, General Krulak told me that he wasn’t the kind of leader who was “out there waving a banner and riding a white charger.” He didn’t visit the officers’ club very often, preferring to stay in on weekends. And he stepped back before making decisions, often excusing himself from a meeting to consider his options in solitude.
He knew that his style made him appear less social, less aggressive than the Marine Corps norm. But he believed that in the long run he’d be judged by the soundness of his decisions and the strength of his character. When he volunteered, during the Vietnam War, to rescue a platoon trapped under sniper fire in an open rice paddy, no one cared how many jokes he’d cracked or beers he’d drunk on his last R & R.
Introverted leaders often possess an innate caution that may be more valuable than we realize. President Clinton’s extroversion served him well but may have contributed to conduct that almost derailed his presidency. It’s impossible to imagine the cautious and temperate Mr. Obama mired in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Would it be better if Mr. Obama palled around with more senators, attended more cocktail parties, cut a schmoozier figure? Sure. P.R. is part of a politician’s job. And as the personality psychologist Brian Little says, we all need to act out of character occasionally, for the sake of work or people we love.
But on the long list of attributes of a successful president — or of any leader — an outgoing persona is low on the list. The charisma of ideas matters more than a leader’s gregarious charms.Continue reading the main story