In life, things would not always go as planned. There would always be times of uncertainty, worry or danger. And during such times, it is important that you maintain a healthy mind by staying positive and productive.
When you are in the middle of a crisis, whether as a result of family issues, financial issues, health challenges, global or national crisis as a result of plagues, pandemic or war, you may find yourself feeling unmotivated, as though the problem has come to stay and will never be over.
As humans, it is natural to have an episode of fear and negative thoughts in our heads when things are not going the way we planned. And with so much negativity and fear, it really becomes extremely difficult to concentrate on the things that are important like your job, family, health and even yourself. It would seem extremely hard to move forward with your normal schedule, going about the task set out to be achieved would seem unnecessarily hard and many would feel unproductive, lost and may even fall into depression.
You must realize that a challenge, no matter how big it may seem is not the end of the world.
It is important that you understand that bad things happen and soon enough, a way out of the situation would present itself. You shouldn’t let your life run into chaos because of one thing that went wrong. Think on all the good things that may have happened in the last few days. Focus on a way out of the situation instead of drowning in it. You should be able to create more value in your personal and professional life even during a crisis.
Don’t forget, if you leave your source of income unattended to because you are sad and emotionally drained, soon enough you would go broke. Your boss wouldn’t continue paying someone who does nothing for the company and if you are your own boss, your clients or customers will no longer seek your services because you no longer deliver as expected. You would have no money to feed, pay tuition or afford other services. You need to make money. Therefore, you have to bounce back.
These are a few ways you can stay positive and productive during a crisis.
Take it slow: you are not feeling 100% emotionally. It is normal that you would be feeling physically drained all the time. I’d advise that you take it slow. Don’t try to take on a week’s task in one day. Take it slow, breathe and take a day off if you have to. Organising your tasks in a hierarchy of importance is a great way to start. Do those tasks that are closest to their deadlines. Learn to say no to new tasks if you lack the mental strength to pull it off on time. Now is the time to stay extra focused on what matters the most. But remember to take it slow.
Create new routines: Consider scheduling your time in blocks with frequent breaks to help manage your emotions. Time management is key to staying productive whether you are working from home or in an office. Take breaks to just breathe. If you try to neglect what you are going through by focusing too much on work, you would not heal properly and your work wouldn’t be as efficient as it would normally be. Factoring in new routines and rituals during a crisis can be very helpful. If you were used to staying home all day, you can opt to learn a new skill, language or hang out with friends. This would help you feel positive, motivated and more productive.
Practice self-care: it is definitely not the end of the world. So do not neglect your physical, mental or emotional well-being. It is normal that when you are in a crisis and under stress you would feel frustration, fatigue, anger, self-pity, depression, fear and other negative emotions. But in times like this, do not neglect self-care. More than ever, it is important that your well-being is a priority. I would advise you to eat healthily, avoid the use of alcohol and other substances and stay away from negative energies or people who talk in the negative. You should also exercise; exercising can make you feel energetic and happy. Remember to always take time out to rest. Engage in self-calming practices like yoga, intentional breathing and breathing exercises. You should also learn to meditate. There are also other practices that can help reduce stress levels by helping you relax and quiet the mind.
Delegate: you might want to let your employees handle a few tasks on their own, without you micromanaging them. This is the time to get as much help as you can. Seek help from team members. Learn to accept assistance instead of trying to do things on your own. Let your spouse pick the kids up from school if he has the free time. Allow your relatives to help out with a few chores. You already have enough to worry about. You should leave a few things in the hands of people you can trust.
Do not neglect opportunities: you know the saying that there is sunshine at the end of a tunnel? A crisis can birth to new opportunities. It all depends on how you approach it. If you are stuck at home because you can’t go to work due to a national crisis, it is an opportunity for you to tick one or two things off your to-do list. Do something that you have been willing to do but have not found the time or opportunity to do. You can take up a language class, cut your hair or finally learn how to swim or play a new sport. Sort out that home bookshelf you always wanted to sort out. Learn how to cook, try out new recipes, reach out to that friend you haven’t heard from in a long time.
Finally, help someone else. I have found that when you help someone get through a tough patch while you are down, it motivates you to be happy and energetic once again. In times of crisis, remember that you are not alone. Everyone is experiencing the same thing at the same time. Reach out to family members, neighbours and colleagues at work.
A lot of young people are desperate to travel to other countries for a lot of reasons. And that desperation has led them to resort to illegal means or has made them susceptible to fraud. Also, when these young people are apprehended, they are either forced back to their country of origin or imprisoned in a foreign land with nobody the wiser.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good thing to dream big and wish for a better life for you and your family and personally, I support the idea of leaving your comfort zone to get your hands on better resources and opportunities that would catapult you to success. However, doing it illegally is very dangerous and not advisable.
Today we will discuss some of the best LEGAL ways young people can explore the world.
Student visa is one of the most reliable legal ways to get out of your country. Choosing the right school in the right country is also major boost to your plans and will influence the speed and fluidity of your travel arrangements. Looking for a way to leave the country? Search online for schools that are calling for new students or are currently admitting students; especially those looking out for international students. Apply to them. Keep applying until you get one that would accept you.
Like earlier stated, studying abroad may be the perfect way to travel out especially when you can afford to pay for tuition and other logistics. However, if you can’t, there is no need to beat yourself up. You should consider getting a scholarship.
Getting a scholarship is a great way to reduce your expenses when you wish to study in an institution abroad. It is an easier process now with the internet aiding you in finding scholarships best suited to you. There are many excellent universities and colleges with good academic standing around the globe, granting young people scholarships every year. You just need to find them. There are different kinds of scholarships and the different types will help you figure out which scholarship is best for you.
If you wish to study abroad, and are wondering how to apply for scholarships, here are a few things you should do: seek professional help, research about different types of scholarships, search for scholarships online, Get your resume ready and just keep applying and remember to hope for the best. You can get a scholarship for a lot of achievements, not just academic success; so keep an eye out.
International Fellowships and Grants:
If you run a business, NGO, Social Enterprise or volunteer for one, then this might be a good way for you to travel out of the country legally. I say this because it is easier to be granted access to another country when it is very clear that you would be returning to your home country afterward. Your history and involvement with these organizations will show you are not travelling to run away and settle in a foreign country illegally. 3 or 4 2-week trips for different countries over 4 years will do your credibility a lot of good. Whatever happens, avoid falsifying bank statements.
Some fellowships and grants give you the opportunity to visit a different country and network with people from all walks of life, exchanging ideas, experiences and gaining potential business opportunities and partners. An example is the Mandela Washington Fellowship Leadership with programs designed to empower fellows to lead in their communities through themes that span Business, Civic Engagement, and Public Management. Another example is the Obama foundation fellowship that supports outstanding civic innovators. The program selects 20 community-minded rising stars from around the world for a two-year, non-residential program that offers training and leadership development.
A work visa is permission given to a foreigner to travel and work or engage in business activities in a country in which he got a job offer. You can apply for jobs in other countries; it’s not impossible to get if you can satisfy the requirements. You just need to keep your eyes open for job openings in a country of your choice and keep applying. It’s that easy! And Remember, DO NOT lie about your location. There are different types of work visas depending on the nature of the work and length of stay. For example, a working holiday visa allows a person to take on employment temporarily while visiting the country.
Finally, stop being desperate. When you go for visa interviews, stop acting desperate. Visa interviewers can see the desperation on your face and hear it in your voice. You won’t be granted a visa if the interviewer feels like you want to run away or have no plans of returning home. Your inspiration to leave your resident or origin country should always be; to improve yourself and return home to change your country. Statements like this would give you a better chance of passing visa interviews and securing a travel visa to a country of your choice.
be 35 years old or younger (i.e. born in 1985 or after);
be a citizen or a refugee of a Sub-Saharan African country;
have lived a significant part of their life in a Sub-Saharan African country;
present economically disadvantaged financial circumstances, and be able to show lack of financial means from family or other sources to pursue graduate education in their home country or elsewhere;
have achieved academic excellence under difficult circumstances and show leadership qualities or potential;
demonstrate an interest in and commitment to giving back to his/her home community in ways that enhance the economic growth and social development of Africa, through engagement in activities in their current profession, university or community;
be a person who requires a Canadian study permit to study in Canada;
commit to returning to Africa in order to apply their training and skills to the betterment of others;
be applying for a Master’s degree in one of the following faculties and programs at UBC’s Vancouver campus;
Applications for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program 2021/2022 at the University of British Columbia are now open. The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) provides opportunities for students from Sub-Saharan Africa to pursue graduate studies at UBC.
The University of British Columbia is pleased to partner with The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program to provide comprehensive scholarships to students from Sub-Saharan Africa. The Program provides access to education for academically talented, yet economically marginalized young people. Scholars in the Program have a demonstrated commitment to giving back to their communities and develop the leadership needed to contribute to social and economic transformation across the continent.
The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program covers all expenses associated with UBC tuition, housing and food.
Scholars also receive a stipend each month to support their lives in Vancouver.
The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Applications are due on December 11, 2020. They ask that all applications be submitted electronically in a single document PDF, via email as this is faster and costs less. Late or incomplete packages cannot be accepted and UBC is not responsible for any packages not received by the deadline.
Complete the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Eligibility Form.
Submit the Personal Statements
Submit a CV/resume
Provide two reference letters
Submit the Checklist, Eligibility Form, Personal Statements, CV, two reference letters on official letterhead, transcripts, and signed declaration. Upon completion of your Eligibility Package, please submit a copy of your package as one pdf. document via email to email@example.com. Note that the declaration must be signed by hand, electronically, or typed, otherwise, the package will be considered incomplete.
These are one of the best things that have ever happened; apart from sliced bread, of course. They give you the ability to study in a different country, meet amazing minds from all ends of the earth and earn the degree of your dreams; all for free! But getting a scholarship is not always easy. It requires a lot of work and sometimes, people miss scholarship opportunities through mistakes made in the application process. The competition is usually fierce for scholarships especially the full-ride ones so it is important to get it right. How exactly does one get a scholarship? Let’s find out.
There are thousands of scholarship opportunities out there; both popular and unpopular ones. So research! There are numerous scholarship sites on the web, become their friend, sign up to join their mailing list so you get firsthand information.
There are different types of scholarships:
Scholarships offered based on academic merit
Scholarships reserved for Minority groups
Location-specific and program-specific Scholarships.
Scholarships provided by the Universities, Private or Government Bodies, etc.
A lot of information right? Well, do not panic just yet. Look for the one that serves you best; as a minority, a great sportsman, etc. When you find a scholarship; maybe on a scholarship website or page, go to the page of the sponsoring body to find out if you meet their requirements. Many times, the ad page doesn’t carry all the requirements the scholarships donors have set so you need to do your research. Also, if you feel the need to, you can contact the school and scholarship donors to make sure you have the right information.
Also, research on the sponsoring body and see what you can find out about them that will help you present your application and essay or letter of motivation in a way that wins their hearts. Find out what they want, who they are (even outside the scholarship presentation given), see what they are like, what they promote and what they hold in high esteem on all their platforms so you know how to apply and appeal to win their favor. It’s not emotional manipulation, don’t worry.
Volunteer and Let them know you did!
Scholarship providers want to see selflessness and great leadership. They want to know that the opportunity they give you will be used to better your society and the world at large. What better way to convince them that you are what they are looking for than to volunteer and let them know you did?! When writing your essay or building your resume (if they require one), make sure you add and highlight times when you volunteered, put others before yourself and exemplified great leadership skills. It works like magic.
Begin the process early.
Monica Matthews who wrote “how to win a college scholarship” highlighted this as top priority. Many scholarships have deadlines that come way before the school year commences. It is important to begin your search process early; sometimes even way before you need the scholarship. Why? Because you need to know what it is like. In order to do that, it is best to gather Intel. How? Talk to your school counselors as well as others who have succeeded in getting a scholarship so you know what to do. Everyone needs a little guidance at one point or the other, this is one of those points.
Also, beginning your process early gives you ample time to prepare your essay or letter of motivation, leaving you with excess time to check and double-check to make sure you check all the scholarship requirement boxes. If you start late, you might have to rush and in the end, even forget to provide your name! Plus, missing a scholarship deadline will get you automatic disqualification from the process so, start early.
Work that Essay.
You heard that right! Your essay is the key to getting this scholarship. This is where you put your creativity to work. Let them know why you deserve this opportunity. Get personal; don’t be afraid (they need to know they are not giving this opportunity to a robot). Give them what they want. That research you did; it will be helpful here. Use the information you got to present yourself in a light that is appealing to them. Here, it is more than just your GPA, they want to see you; your trials, moments you showed up for the betterment of your local society, how you are working on yourself to be better and how even your failures make you a great candidate for the scholarship. This might sound like a lot and it is but, getting a scholarship is not a walk in the park. No matter what you write, make sure you are genuine, and not giving them another person’s story. Whatever you write, let it be yours and let it be worth a scholarship.
Apply to as many as you can.
When looking for a job, do you apply to one place? So why apply for only one scholarship? Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. If a scholarship is something you truly need,