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Emoji Scholarship Winners

2018 winner

Esther Lapite

College Sophomore
Poway, CA

“Thank you, thank you, thank you, oh so very much to MoneySolver for considering me as a worthy investment for the Emoji scholarship. I’m so incredibly overjoyed – as well as my teary eyed sisters and mother after hearing this wonderful news- and couldn’t possibly show enough appreciation to how wonderful this opportunity is!”

They say the eyes are the window to the soul and that a picture is worth a thousand words, so what other art form can meticulously collide both concepts than that of an emoji? Although there are 43 muscles used to form my many complex facial expressions, there is only one emoji that I deem relative enough to my personality to express them all. And that beautifully digitized masterpiece looks like this😳. At first glance this advanced treasure to emoticons seems fixated and only able to curate a limited set of emotions. But I say one should be deemed foolish to think in such a way, for an entire spectrum of sentimentality can be perceived from those perplexed eyes, mute lips, and flushed cheeks. By sending this emoji followed by an incoherent sentence, I can prove myself to be embarrassed by a confession, flushed with flattery, steaming with anger, or be stunned in utter confusion, all within the same context. I could be holding on to a secret and be near exploding from pursing my lips for too long about the matter. The real question now is, how can this emoji not be the ideal representative for all our day to day consequences? How can it not be a perfect representation of my complexity? So with that said, I can’t help but say that this emoji and I are one and the same: perplexing, emotional, and ever so diversified. And that’s how I like it 😳.

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