As a young person, you are taught to save; put those little chunks of extra money you have into your savings account. That’s supposed to be enough. No one ever pushes you to invest plus, the small profit margin in it is not always enticing but, do you know that starting your investment journey at a young age is one of the best things you can do for yourself?
Why you might ask?
It’s simple! When saving, you are simply putting the money away maybe for emergencies and other things but when investing, you are not just putting the money aside, you are also putting the money to work for you by putting it in ventures or using it to buy things that will increase its value.
Now you may be saying ‘I’ll get to that later, I’m still in college so I don’t have to worry about that now’, well you actually do. Ever heard the phrase ‘the earlier, the better’? It’s true!
But why? You may ask. Why start early on investments? What is the need you want to desperately meet that demands you put your money to work for you now?
Let’s look at a few.
Build Healthy Wealth: growing your money
Investing your money can allow you to grow it. Most investment vehicles, such as stocks, certificates of deposit, or bonds, offer returns on your money over the long term. This return allows your money to build, creating wealth over time.
Planing for the future: Save for retirement
As a student or part of the workforce, you should be saving money for retirement. Put your retirement savings into a portfolio of investments, such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate, businesses, or precious metals. Then, at retirement age, you can live off funds earned from these investments.
In order to grow your money, you need to put it in a place where it can earn a high rate of return. The higher the rate of return, the more money you will earn. Investment vehicles tend to offer the opportunity to earn higher rates of return than savings accounts. Therefore, if you want the chance to earn a higher return on your money, you will need to explore investing your money.
Based on your personal tolerance of risk, you may want to consider being riskier at a younger age with your investments. Greater risk increases your chances of earning greater wealth. Becoming more conservative with your investments as you grow older can be wise, especially as you near retirement age.
Reach financial goals faster
Investing can help you reach big financial goals. If your money is earning a higher rate of return than a savings account, you will be earning more money both over the long term and within a faster period. This return on your investments can be used toward major financial goals, such as buying a home, buying a car, starting your own business, or putting your children through college.
The Adventure; Be part of a new venture
New ventures need the backing of money, and they look to investors for that backing. Some investors may like the excitement of investing in a new, cutting-edge product or service or being part of something like a business or film that introduces them to a glamorous world.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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,