It seems that I've known for a while that Furman was the right college for me. Exactly one year ago when I came to visit Furman for the first time, I saw the beautiful campus, the excellent academic reputation, and the friendliness of the people there at Furman and fell in love with the school. My mom unfortunately saw the price tag atttached with the school and said, "Wonderful school, but the answer's no." When my mom made up her mind that Furman was too expensive for me, I made up my mind that I would find and apply for any scholarship that would help me make Furman financially possible for me. I swear I did nothing but fill out two or more scholarship applications per week from mid-November until the very end of May. There are eighteen documents still saved on my computer that possess eighteen different scholarship essays on vastly different topics. In the week of my music scholarship audition for Furman, I must have put in at least 25 hours of practice for that one week. Throughout the year, I spent my life in my guidance counselor's office talking about colleges, applications, and more forms I needed to fill out to make Furman a possibility for me in my future.
As it stands, I have a $15,000 music scholarship to Furman University, South Carolina Teaching Fellows Scholarship, Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, and many more scholarships that have made Furman financially possible for me. So there are three valuable lessons to be learned from my experiences:
1) Don't judge a college by its pricetag.
2) Work your tail off by filling out stacks of applications and scholarship forms because your hard work will pay off in time.
3) Go with your gut feeling about colleges. Believe me, you'll know it if it's the right one.