You probably looked at the scholarship application criteria and thought you didn’t stand a chance. You probably didn’t realize that the applicant pools for scholarships are actually dwindling and that some scholarships even go unclaimed. And you probably thought that all of those extracurricular activities and volunteering initiatives you've been apart of weren't that impressive.
You probably forgot that universities have streamlined and simplified scholarship application methods. Brock University has a system called OneApp where with just one application (clever name, huh?), you are automatically considered for every single Brock-administered scholarship and bursary. Well, you weren’t the only one who forgot. All your friends probably forgot too. And probably their friends. Which probably makes it a cakewalk for the select few who note the application due date on their calendars.
You’re probably also hesitant to ask someone to write that dreaded mandatory reference letter. You probably think that because of that one time you were 30 minutes late for a shift, your boss is going to give you a terrible reference (even though you’ve been a star employee otherwise). And you probably think that when you reach out to a Professor or Teaching Assistant, they’re going to laugh in your face. I wonder how they made it to graduate school – they probably had the same apprehensions, right?
You probably think you’re going to be a burden to your referee. You probably didn’t think you could reduce this burden by offering to send them a copy of your resume, a list of your personal accomplishments and a draft letter in bullet-point form.
You should probably check out the scholarship section of yconic and start applying.
-Neal, yconic Student Ambassador
University libraries are more than study spaces – they can provide helpful services as well! If you’re starting university in the near future, here are some library services that can help you out:
#1 - Laptop Rentals
BSOD on your laptop? While you’re working on getting that sorted out, you can borrow laptops from your university library. At the Brock library, laptop rentals are available on a 4-hour basis. And if you rent within 4 hours of closing, you can keep the laptop overnight.
#2 - Exam Reserves
Your university library may have a section on its website which will link you to electronic copies of previous midterm and final exams (that professors have authorized to be made public). Brock students, check out: https://e-reserves.library.brocku.ca and click on "Looking for Exams?"
#3 - Short-Term Textbook Loans
Sometimes, professors will put copies of your course textbook on reserve at the library. You can rent them out on a short-term basis (anywhere from 1 to 4 hours). This saves you from having to buy textbooks. Brock students, check out: https://e-reserves.library.brocku.ca
#4 - Inter-Library Loans
Working on a research paper, and don’t have proper books at your university’s library? Or do you need a textbook for a class and is it not available for short-term loan? Most universities participate in Canada are part of the inter-library loan (ILL) program. This means you can borrow books from other universities across the country, all for free. Ask your librarian for how to register.
(Note: These are services that I’ve encountered based as a student at Brock University. Library services will vary by institution.)
Are there any other helpful library services that I’ve missed? Comment below!
-Neal, yconic Student Ambassador