What is the best thing that you have done for someone?
I volunteered for the Special Olympics. The athlete I was assigned to was an adult that was wheelchair bound with limited verbal and motor skills. At the beginning, she was unable to repeat the Olympic oath, so I held her hand and said it for her. After the torch was lit, a solo trumpet played the national anthem and I looked around at all the participants. I felt my stomach tense up, and the tears pushed against the back of my eyes. I thought of how amazing each person was. I was glad to give my time.
What is the best thing that someone has done for you?
Prior to college I had never taken dance and was nervous about my first modern dance class. The professor I had was not only a fantastic dancer but was extremely patient, supportive, and encouraging. She inspired me so much that I graduated with a minor in dance. I often think of her when I work with others. Learning something new can be intimidating, difficult and scary, but a great teacher makes all the difference in the world.
What is the worst thing that you have done to someone?
For my graduate program in Expressive Therapy and Mental Health Counseling I had to interview for a first-year internship. When I got to one site I had a moment of doubt. Several clients were standing outside talking and smoking and I would have to walk by them to get to the door. I was terrified. These clients suddenly became my stereotype of "adults with mental illness." I took the internship and they are people to me now, as harsh as that sounds, but I see them in a completely different light compared to my first day.
What is the worst thing that someone has done to you?
My freshman year in college I got a lead role in a musical. Upperclassmen were called back for the part and afterwards a few congratulated me. There was one senior however, that took it personally and began to say things about me behind my back. Without knowing me, or even giving me a chance, she had made up her mind. I made it a point to never let competition and performing make me that type of person. No role is worth degrading another individual.
If you were awarding a scholarship and could ask any one question that had to be answered honestly, what question would you ask?
Name two things you hope to accomplish in your lifetime and how they relate to furthering your education.
How would you answer that question?
I hope to establish an Expressive Therapy program at my undergraduate college and my ultimate goal in life is to be a parent. By furthering my education in human services I hope to not only make myself more open-minded and able to help others, but I hope to be able to pass on things that I have learned. I hope I instill an appreciation in my children for living in a country where a person has the freedom to further their education and the ability to reach out to those in need.
About the 2002-2003 Scholarship:
The rules for this scholarship stated that the winner would be notified by August 20, 2002 and that the award money would be paid only after the eligibility guidelines had been met. A winner was chosen and notified by August 20, 2002 as our rules indicated. However our rules also stated that the OP Loftbed Scholarship $500 Award would be paid only after enrollment guidelines had been met. After several months of communication with the original winner and requesting proof that they met the eligibility requirements, that person was unable to provide appropriate documentation. At that point we decided to choose the winner posted above.
This was the first time that we offered the OP Loftbed $500 Scholarship Award and it was certainly a learning process for us at the OP Loftbed Company and you, our participants, as well. We appreciate everyone's patience and apologize for any inconvenience the delays may have caused. In the future, we will apply what we learned this first time and create an even better scholarship program.