“Love Your Career” Scholarship (JonesTShirts.com)

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Scholarship Story

Scott Jones is the mastermind behind JonesTShirts.com, a wholesale t-shirt company which was founded pretty much while he was still in high school.

Scott is such an advocate of “loving your career”; this is his way of playing a part in making sure you follow the same path! (So awesome.)

Eligibility & Details

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Must be enrolled in a college or university by semester deadline. (See below.)
  • Open to all majors.
  • Deadlines:
    • Fall semester award: September 12, 2016
    • Winter/Spring semester award: January 9, 2017
  • Only students in the U.S. are eligible to win.
  • One (1) essay.


This scholarship asks for a fairly simple 1,000+ word essay, but the instructions come with a VERY interesting twist: an interview.

But first, let’s touch on what the topic is:

We want to hear about your passions and goals for the future! We want to know that there are others out there who share the goal of living the dream of loving what they do.

The main questions the sponsor is looking to see answered:

  1. “What are your passions that could be turned into a career?”
  2. “What are some ideas you have for a business based on things that you love and are skilled at?”

Like with any great essay, you want to be sure to answer the questions being asked, so definitely focus on those two there.

Now, to the super interesting part: the interview. Not many scholarships ask for much “external” involvement beyond the traditional letter of recommendation, so while this is a little more of a stretch in terms of effort, it is pretty cool. Here’s your prompt:

Interview a professional in the field that you are looking into and that has at least 3 years of experience in that field.

I personally can’t help but believe that this is an AMAZING opportunity to learn about the career you’re interested in. Now, if you’re shy in nature or super introverted like me, the idea of interviewing someone (especially a stranger) is going to make your stomach churn so much. So, here are some tips on how to make this experience as easy as possible for you (and your interviewee):

  • If you have a family member or friend (or a friend’s parent/relative or a neighbor, etc.) who is currently working in the exact field and exact position you would love to pursue, you have an amazing advantage. Make use of it!
  • If you don’t have any close contacts like that, try doing some research on LinkedIn. Make a search for your ideal title and go through your results, cherrypicking about two or three names. Go ahead and send them a message, explaining the scholarship and your desire to have some questions answered concerning their job. Allow your potential interviewers some time to respond and reach out to more than one person, just in case someone doesn’t get a chance to respond. Most professionals respect a student’s desire to learn more about a career and will be kind in giving you the help you need.
    • You will have to create an account on LinkedIn to gain access to search results and send private messages. However, being now in college, you’ll be creating one sooner or later, so go ahead now!
    • For more info on using LinkedIn while in college: X // X // X // X
  • The scholarship doesn’t specify whether the interview needs to be done in person, meaning that an interview done over the phone or through email is perfectly acceptable.

Be sure to blend the two sections together for a seamless essay. Get as creative and as passionate as you’d like with this; after all, it’s what you’ll be judged on.

Credit will be given based on creativity, originality, passion etc.

Helpful Tips

+ Please pay attention to the formatting for the essay and the submission email. I would hate for you to be disqualified over simple details. Look for everything marked red and in bold in the main instructions; triple-check everything!

+ Don’t go easy on the passion!

+ If you’re feeling nervous about your choice in career, I can completely relate. Not everyone discovers their “dream career” after high school. Even if you still just have an idea, I’d go ahead and apply!

+ Don’t forget to answer all of the questions!

I hope you feel way more confident about this scholarship!

Share if you found this to be truly helpful!

Until the next one ~

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Careers: Master’s in Finance

Perhaps you have already graduated with your Bachelor’s degree and are contemplating going back to school to earn your Master’s in order to move into a more specific area in the field. Maybe you’ve been a part of the workforce for a while now and would like to grow in your skills and training. Whatever the reason for entering graduate school, one thing is for sure: making the decision to pursue a Master’s degree in Finance is a choice that opens many doors.

While there are many programs available worldwide in this specialization, most, if not all, carry the same purpose: to prepare you with the knowledge to work in various financial industries such as “investment and commercial banks, economic and financial asset management companies, consulting firms, and policy-oriented organizations.” (Columbia Business School)

The amazing part: every company in the world has a Finance department, so it is incredibly easy to blend your skills in Finance with a passion in another industry. Healthcare, education, retail, hospitality, life science – the options are endless!

Here’s a list of just a few of the careers a Master’s in Finance will equip you to pursue.

Career #1: Controller

If you desire to enter into the world of accounting, taxation and would taxation on a level that moves beyond your typical 1040-A, a career as a Controller could be for you.

Those who take up this position occasionally hold the highest position in their finance department as the individual in charge of a company’s Accounting and/or Payroll department, responsible for budgets, annual audits and the filing of the organization’s taxes.

This job can be performed in a wide variety of industries, ranging from retail to education to large-scale hospitals.

Career #2: Finance Business Partner

This title carries a lot of weight: as it might imply, you would work directly at the top of a “corporate ladder”, acting as a company’s head financial manager.

General duties ranging from creating the annual operation budgets, forecasting, identifying and tracking trends in the organization’s financial performance.

This position usually requires some years of experience general finance and, in most cases, the field involved. But if you’re looking for a direct position in business operations, this top spot was made for you!

Career #3: Quantitative Analyst

As a Quantitative Analyst for a company such as the software development firm Huxley, it would be your job to test different methods of software testing in order to create the highest quality of financial software available.

If you enjoy finance but are passionate about programming, this is an opportunity created especially for you!

Career #4: Investment Management

In the world of Wall Street and all other major financial hubs, a Master’s degree can take you a very long way when it comes to protecting and managing investments.

Investment management includes dealing with risk management, pensions, IRAs, and various other forms of financial accounts, whether they belong to individual consumers or whole corporations.

An amazing quality of this career is the opportunity to work internationally since just about every country in the world operates in this financial niche. If handling someone else’s investments doesn’t frighten or deter you, this may be a choice to consider.

Career #5: Economic Scientist

As the creative title implies, this career relies plenty on experimentation and analyzing, but, of course, from a financial perspective. Duties include studying past and present data, conducting studies and research projects for the sake of discovering patterns which perhaps may be affecting sales, for example, in a positive or negative way.

This is another career which blends finance together with another field, such as real estate and healthcare. If you truly enjoy research, are interested in a higher form of analytical work and wish to add your love for economics to it all, you should definitely pursue this unique and fascinating opportunity.

BONUS Career: Director

With the right amount of experience, a Master’s degree in this field will present you with the opportunity to direct an entire finance department! Talk about an amazing reason to pursue that higher degree!

Which career do you find yourself leaning towards the most?

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Interested in Learning What? (v.1)

I love to learn. Seriously, philomath – it means “lover of learning”.

But what do I enjoy learning?

I had no idea.

Until now.

What am I interested in learning (right now)?

  1. What it takes to be a good friend. As someone who didn’t grow up being even semi-popular, I didn’t have a lot of friends as a kid. Or as a teen. Or as an adult. I’ve had peers. Classmates. Co-workers. Sisters. Signs have shown that I have learned to manage those kinds of relationships well. But friends? This might just be me doubting myself a bit, but I can’t help but wonder if I know what I’m doing in those realms. I’ve had friends, for sure. (I have friends now.) I just can’t help overthinking a little bit as to whether or not I’m doing a good job.
    • Am I texting enough?
    • What do they expect from me?
    • How do I tell whether they’re happy or not? Should I just ask them straight up?
  2. How to speak and write Chinese. A pretty hard feat, indeed. (Forgive me, I’m squealing with excitement.)
  3. To run a 5K. This is more a matter of training more than learning, I know. I want to do this.
  4. To run 10-minute miles. While we’re on the topic of exercise and fitness, I know myself well enough to know that it would take a lot for me to come close to running 8:00 miles. I’d be satisfied with 10 minutes. That’s six miles an hour. Sounds perfectly good to me.
  5. To improve my emotional intelligence. Comprehending my own emotions, as well as those of others, in order to provide an appropriate response. This is important to me. It’ll help not only in my own personal life, but in every single one of my relationships, no matter the depth.
  6. To train my dog to speak/bark on command. This would just be cool to do. A top-shelf accomplishment in my eyes.

I’ll definitely be keeping this list up-to-date. Once a month, I think. I’ll also be sure to add an update to where I am with the list above.

Because obviously, I’m going to work on mastering all of this.

What are you interested in learning? Comment below – let’s talk!

Bye now.

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Why Do I Write?

Why Do I Write?

This morning, I came across Kirsty Stuart’s article “Why Do Writers Write?” on her blog Freelance Writers Online. It got me thinking: as a writer, why do I write? The topic itself has been in my mind a lot lately, because of the struggle I’ve been going through with trying…to write…my book.

Understanding is a key to motivation and purpose, so I made an exercise out of the question.

Why do I write?

It’s a fairly easy question to answer, considering that writing is an important passion and an integral part of my everyday life. Notebooks, pens and keyboards are never far from my reach. Receipts with scribbled ideas and doodle-filled napkins inhabit my bags. Journals since the beginning of my time can be found in the corners of my room still. Even weekly and monthly planning has to be done in paragraph form. Writing is what I do. It’s what I’ve always done. It’s not an exaggeration to say that I can’t live without it.

What causes me to do it though? Why do I write?

  1. To expand on ideas. There’s nothing worse than coming up with an AMAZING idea and forgetting about it in a matter of minutes. Seriously, there’s nothing worse. This is why I carry a notebook on me at all times, and in any case, I have a handy note-taking app on my phone – my absolute favorite one being EverMemo! I just can’t bear feeling excited one moment, and not remembering why I felt that way an hour later.
  2. Put words to my thoughts. I can’t always articulate what I’m thinking into words. Putting pen to paper enables me to express what’s going through my head in a way that can be communicated to others in the way I want it done. Not always 100% exact, but there’s practice in every try I make. Hooray for progress!
  3. Put words to my heart. Sometimes, emotions run strong, and I’ve never been a very audible speaker to begin with. That’s when writing comes to work. Whether they’re sentimental expressions of care or frustration, pain or delight, words on paper make it all easier for me. In the very least, I’m provided to work with a visible outline to use while talking.
  4. Inject confidence in myself. Few things make me believe in myself more like writing does. Seeing a creative work of my own hand makes me feel like I’m capable of just so much in this world. Not that I tend to doubt that, but the act of writing really makes me feel that. Life, and all of its potential, becomes so much more realistic.
  5. To feel the satisfaction of creation. Something that previously didn’t exist now lives. I created it. A chef feels the same way when they’ve just cooked an amazing meal, and so that does the painter when they look at their finished art. Even in the midst of the process, that satisfaction is found in few other moments.
  6. Because I just have to. I have to write. I can’t not. When I’m bored, weary, happy, excited, concerned – I write. It’s just what I have to do in this life.

Sigh, this wasn’t completely eye-opening (I’ve always understood my reasons for writing), but I did find incredible satisfaction in the topic itself.

Writing is life. I still have a way to go when it comes to progressing as a writer, and even now as I transition into authourship. A rocky road, for sure, but who wouldn’t want to spend a lifetime engaging in the activity that makes your heart smile and your mind content. All that’s needed is the constant reminder of what I, as Raquel, am capable of, as a writer.

I can do this. I have been doing this, all of my life.

The tasks are different, but the main act hasn’t changed.

I am, forever and always, a writer.

Man, that feels good.

Are you an artist? Why do you create?

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The Price

What am I supposed to be doing right now?

Writing a book.

Why am I not currently doing that?

I feel stuck.
The pressure to create.
It’s making my stomach feel bleck.
I feel like letting it go in favor of something way more pleasurable.

Should I?

After all, I do want to do this.
I can imagine the satisfaction I’ll feel at the end, once I’ve completed it.
Looking through my final product.
It’ll be worth it. I know it will.

Why isn’t that enough to keep going?

Future gratification has never been a motivating factor for me.
The expectation of “good feelings” has never been enough.
Because why would they matter, if I’m miserable now?
The present holds more bearing and significance to me than the future does.

Should it be that way?

I mean, that’s just what it is. That’s a fact.
But I know otherwise too.
The Bible says to hold on in the midst of trials, because the joy at the end of our hardship will be worth it all (1 Peter 1:6; James 1:2)
But I feel like that only counts if you have no choice but to endure hardship.
If you have no other choice, then yeah, you better find a way to feel joy in the midst of that because things literally aren’t going to be changing anytime soon.

Do I have a choice in this?

Yes, of course. Like with everything.
But no.
I’d have to deny my desire to see this through…
Renounce my love for the art, and refuse to acknowledge the gift I know I’ve been given that makes it possible for me to do this.
I can’t do that.

So I have no other options then?

I have to write this book.

How do I do that?

.. In your downtime, seek out inspiration, not other options.
.. Mute, block, deny anything that creates the idea that you don’t have to do this.
.. Surround yourself with support and community. Let other people tell you that you can do this. Allow their belief in you — because they can see what you’re capable of more often than you can sometimes — sink in and shut up any questions or concerns you might have yourself.
.. Speaking of concerns: you can do this. You have everything it takes. Knowledge. Access to even more knowledge. Problem-solving skills. Creative solution making. Promise. A heart.
You can do this. You’ll be fine.

Sometimes the hardest tasks are the ones that break up, tear us up, rip us to pieces, only to make room for the YOU you’ve always wanted to be.

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10 Tips for Writing a Cover Letter That Works

  1. Do some research as to who your reader is. You wouldn’t send a letter without first naming who you’re writing to. The same applies throughout the job search. The job description or ad should have the name of an HR representative or hiring manager. Shoot even for the director of the specific branch your desired job lies in. Go to the company website and search through the staff directory to look for their name and official title. Be careful with your spelling!
  2. Double-space between lines, simply for the sake of easier reading.
  3. Know the definition of a word before using it. Sure, “obstinate” may sound like a good word, but is that really what you mean to say? Don’t go overboard with a thesaurus. Be accurate, yet simple.
  4. Try not to exceed two pages. You want to be thorough, not sacrificing valuable knowledge about yourself or the sake of space, but once you’ve reached two pages, it’s time to start at the top and begin to chisel away at the unnecessary.
  5. Make your contact info easy to find. Include your name, email and phone number at the top of the letter. Just like you would a written one. This way, all your reader will need to do to find out how to get in touch with you is “look up”.
  6. Research your company. Look up their visions, their mission, their goals, and recognize them in your letter. If on the main website of your interested company is a quote from the founder on the importance of unity in the workplace, go ahead and genuinely include a line about how you truly believe that a group of peers who stand together, stand forever. Don’t be afraid to get creative and even be a little bit obvious. You want to be noticed, after all.
  7. Show gratitude. If you’re applying for a “dream job”, this will not be a problem. No matter the circumstances, always be sure to drop a line or two of appreciation for the opportunity to apply. It is a privilege, after all.
  8. Answer the question: Why are you perfect for the position you’re applying for? Keep a copy of your resume nearby and refer to your skills and experience sections to fill in your paragraphs.
  9. Now, answer this one: Why is this position perfect for you? Talk about your long-term goals. What skills do you hope to learn in your time? Show that you’ve knowledgeable about the position, and let your passions shine.
  10. End your letter, again, with gratitude.

Hope these tips make writing your letter easier! Remember: your cover letter is how your reader will get to know about you before the interview. See it as an invaluable opportunity to add depth to your job application. Now go get that job!

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#MondayMotivation: Good times are up ahead.


This is part of the weekly series “#MondayMotivation”. Every day is worth putting our best foot forward. Be encouraged, be great!

Oh, Monday. The first day of many potential long days, in where everything single thing you do – big or small – feels like it takes twice the effort to complete. Every chore at home, every task at work, even enjoyable hobbies like going to the gym or getting a haircut feel like a drag.

Somewhere along the way, your mind, weighed down by dull feelings like procrastination, begins to ask an important question: “Is anything I’m doing worth it?”

An important question. The kind that works as a compass for direction more often than not in our lives. But depending on the day *cough Mondays cough* we might have a hard time answering it or feeling good about what the answer is.

So what is it?

YES – everything in my life is worth every ounce of effort, because it’s all driving me towards my dreams, my goals, the life I want for myself and my family, etc.

Or is it NO – I don’t really know what the point is behind some of the stuff on my calendar or to-do list. I’m not even sure where it is I’m trying to get to in this life.

I really want to get into both answers and draw more deeper with them, but for today:

If you said YES, but today on this fine Monday, the lenses you’re seeing life through a just a few shades darker than rose, take note of the lines Peter wrote in a letter of his:

“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.” 1 Peter 1:6 NLT

You’ve got this. You’ve already got that dream job, or you’re working your way up to it and it’s in sight. You’re maybe saving up for your first home or that vacation throughout Europe you and the family have been waiting on for years. Whatever it is you’re striving for, you are almost there! Continue to pursue the things that will allow you to experience the joy you so desire. You are so close!

Be strong. Be motivated. Remember where your strength comes from. Don’t be distracted or confused about God being able to have your back – you know better. He will never stop watching over you. So look forward to the rest of today and tomorrow and the day after that with happiness and excitement, believing that if you were following your true dreams and His calling in your life, amazing things are up ahead for you.

This is part of the weekly series “#MondayMotivation”. Every day is worth putting our best foot forward. Be encouraged, be great!

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Go for it even if it kills you.

A dream so scary, it’s hard to admit.

A dream so big, you can’t help but wonder if it’s even possible.

But then you realize how badly you want this.

But then you remember who you interact with on the daily.

Revelate hoy

Cadenas romperas

Reinos se postraran

A Tu nombre escuchar

I want to be in full-time ministry.

As in, I want to minister to people full-time.

No other job.

No other employment.

I just want to serve people in the areas they need most help in, emotionally and spiritually.

I want to counsel, and guide, and answer questions, and be there with them in the midst of their pain.

To help them carry their burden, to not resent their load.

To help hold them up, to get them to remember and believe that everything will work out for good, even when it doesn’t feel that way.

I want an office.

I’ll have office hours. Feel free to drop by, or make an appointment.

I’d have an attendant. I think. Probably not a personal one. But they’d be getting paid, for sure.

I’d want the people helping me and working with me to get paid.

I’ll write books and sell them.

I’ll speak at conferences and events.

I’ll host my own conferences and events.

So that those who work alongside me can get paid.

Because that’s important.

My love language is “Acts of Service” so anyone who is of any kind of help to me, is very special.

People like that, I’d make it my mission to ensure that they are provided for.

I just want to love on people.

Laugh with people.

Cry with people.

Relate to them with my own stories so that they feel just a bit less alone.

I want to be available.



Now don’t get me twisted.

I wouldn’t be staying in my office all day.


I’m no homebody.

The pavements would be my second home.

I want to use business as a solution to some of society’s most common problems.

I’m talking about poverty and homelessness.

I want to draft out plans for shelters and kitchens.

Get in touch with leaders and experts and those just starting off, to see what they’re willing to do to help.

Job programs, skill-building classes, anything that will prepare them to keep on living life.

This stuff is easy to me.

People need help.

I’m here to help.

I just want to talk.

And smile.

And see people smile back.

Even if it’s while they’re crying.

Even if it’s for the moment.

The world needs solutions.

I want to help show them the way.

“But the ministry is hard!”

“It doesn’t always feel like it’s worth it!”

Yeah, I know that.

But a goal is big enough, and is born, planted, rooted and grown in the right way,

at the right time,

in the right place,

then none of that matters.

None of that counts.

I just want to live.

Breathe new air every morning.

Exhale a strong breath each night.

Placing one foot in front of the other, knowing that nothing is impossible for those who believe.

For those who believe in Him.

I want to gather up that strength for myself,

and then just give it away to anyone and everyone who wants some.

Because, see, when I worked in the restaurants, that’s what I did.

For a slight moment in time, you were the receiver, I the giver.

If you needed a laugh, a smile, an encouraging word, something to provoke your thoughts, a great experience… in that one-minute exchange, I could do that.

Imagine what I could do with more minutes.

I just want to help.

I just want to be great.

I just want to be bold.

I just want to be a vessel of fortitude and grace and compassion and power and love.

But no matter what the dream, there will always a battle waged.

No matter what the goal, there will always be a dark side.

But life is full of loss and riddled with moments of defeat.

And that’s ok.

It’s ok.

Like the judges and prophets of old.

I just want to give my life towards being of use to His people.

By His people, I mean all people.

I could do it in a million different ways, people might say.

My response: I’ll do it in a million and one.

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