R. Gabrielle McCormick

As some of you know, I’m a doctoral student.

While my dissertation takes up a lot of space on my calendar, I also have to manage balancing my scholarship coaching business, graduate assistantship, family, and applying for scholarships for myself. It’s a lot to keep up with!

Due to my schedule, I have to make sure I have a calendar that keeps me focused on my goals. Here’s how I do it:

  • Sundays: I conduct a review of the past week to look for areas where I can improve. I then schedule the upcoming week based on my research, clients, and university work schedule.
  • Mondays: I utilize as a schedule update day to make any additional changes, as a result of departmental staff meetings. Mondays are also my scholarship research days. (Sometimes it takes coffee to get me back into the swing of things!)
  • Tuesdays: Tuition Tuesday blog posts are published! I also spend a few hours finding scholarships for my clients, helping them with their applications, and other business tasks.
  • Wednesdays: It seems as though I always adjust my schedule on Wednesday. Why? Because the weekend is coming and I can make realistic tweaks based on how long it’s taken me to accomplish items on my to-do list.
  • Thursdays: Work, work, work, work, work, work.
  • Fridays: I normally know what my weekend plans are by Friday and can outline my intentions for Sunday.
  • Saturdays: I rest and enjoy my family and friends.

I follow my calendar, but do not live by my calendar.

My schedule is not for the faint of heart. What I’ve listed is just the bare minimum. Not everything gets accomplished each day, that’s why I glance at my schedule the night before. I honestly make daily changes because some things take longer than others, while other activities don’t take as long as I anticipate.

At the end of the day, I try not to be hard on myself if I know that I’ve given it my all.

I should be able to look at your calendar and see your future. Going to college and being in college is about working towards achieving your dreams. I don’t know what direction you’re headed in, but I know that Tuition Tuesdays are a great place to start.

Fit these scholarships into your upcoming schedule:

  1. $1,000 Countdown to College Scholarship Sign-Up: This scholarship is for college-bound teens in high school (Grades 9-12). To apply, all you have to do is sign up to receive Potential Magazine’s weekly Countdown to College eNewsletter.
    Award: $1,000
    Deadline:May 1, 2017
  2. Youth Forward Scholarship Opportunity for Exemplary Volunteers: This scholarship seeks to reward a few deserving youth for his or her commitment to the spirit of volunteerism. Applicants must be high school sophomores, juniors, seniors, or college freshmen. The application consists of an essay, so get started today!
    Awards: 6 – $500
    Deadline: May 1, 2017
  3. Power Poetry: America the Great?! Scholarship Slam: To apply, students must submit a poem about their personal relationship with the country. Students must be 25 years of age or younger.
    Award: $1,000
    Deadline: May 10, 2017
  4. Live Más Scholarship: The Live Más Scholarship sponsored by The Taco Bell Foundation will award $1 million dollars in scholarships to 100 students in 2017. Applicants must submit a short video describing the story of their life’s passion.
    Award: Up to $25,000
    Deadline: May 12, 2017

Happy Tuition Tuesday ☺