Scholarship has always been a key pillar in my life. In fact, it was always emphasized within my family that school, in all aspects, was my job. Because of this, I worked as hard as I could to do well, get involved, and take opportunities that came up. Scholarship goes beyond getting good grades in classes though. It embodies an ideal that students of the Honors College are continuously striving for. Anyone can pass a class, but we try to take it a step further by participating in class discussions, joining academic organizations, and creating connections with our professors. It adds another level to our experience at Longwood that is so beneficial to our future.
For myself, I take pride in the work that I do because I know that it represents more than just an assignment. It is how I show that I am responsible, committed, and representative of the Honors College. Over time, I have learned how to apply techniques that I use for school on to other aspects of my life. For example, when I got my first “real” job, I was terrified that I was going to mess up and get in trouble. Slowly but surely though, I learned that messing up was okay as long as I took corrections and learned from my mistakes. I cared enough to want to do well, even though I was just making pizzas. Long story short, scholarship is an all-encompassing value that means something different to every member of the Honors College but acts as a roadmap for how we conduct ourselves both in and outside of the classroom.