New Year’s Resolution Scholarship Winners
Yorba Linda, CA
“Thank you very much for this opportunity!”
I have autism and struggle with situations others might see as “normal,” especially social situations. As I get older and more self-aware, I find myself sometimes coming off as crude or selfish to new people I meet. Hence, this year, my resolution is to overhaul my personality through what I call RAP. “R” stands for respecting others. I often find myself asking too inappropriate of questions, following up to conversations with comments that could be taken the wrong way, and frequently send my friends texts to the point where they don’t respond. By following “R,” I pledge to be more mindful of what I say and do toward other people. “A” means advocating for myself. Autism, being an executive function disorder, makes conversation and standing up for myself taxing. Even picking up the phone and asking for a store’s hours can be off-putting. However, by making it a habit, I can surely overcome my perceived barriers in advocation. “P” represents planning my time wisely. I am heavily medicated for ADHD-like symptoms and get my schoolwork done, but often at the cost of my spare time due to my organizational impediments. By planning my time systematically, I can make more time to achieve more personal goals, such as founding a charity that I have an idea for. My main plan to keep this much-needed personal promise is through daily reminders. I will print a poster for my dorm showing RAP so that I wake to it every day.
Berkeley Heights, NJ
“A bit of help comes a long way. I’d like to thank MoneySolver for easing a part of my worry about all the debt that I could potentially have under my belt – the writing prompt was fun, and they rewarded me for it, too! Thank you!”
Drenched in cold sweat, as the impending New Year creeps closer, I realize I must face the most challenging resolution I have ever had: creating the perfect poached egg. People think I’m joking, but restaurants make customers pay a fortune when ordering poached eggs. I deserve to enjoy a warm, tear-drop shaped, runny-yolked poached egg atop of my avocado toast without going into debt. And though I try time and time again to prepare it right, I fail. I plop an egg into water, but instead of staying intact, it disperses into several different directions. However, in 2019, I swear I will unscramble the secret to the art of egg preparation. This year, I feel my New Year’s resolution, although challenging, is attainable – I fully intend to practice making the perfect poached egg until I finally get it right. If a simple egg can win over Instagram even more than Kylie Jenner can, then surely my egg making skills can be honed. My quest for egg perfection this year will not be “over-easy”!