What comes into mind when you hear the word “scholar”? Your bright, bespectacled classmate who shuffles along corridors with a pile of books? Your Chemistry classmate who always gets the highest grades in class?
Contrary to popular belief, scholars are more than just your typical brainy classmate! And if you are one, don’t fret – you’re not alone!
So what makes scholars “scholars”, you ask? Here are five ways to see what scholars really have in common:
You take your studies VERY seriously
This is pretty obvious, right? You (or somebody in your class) are a scholar for a reason! Being a scholar means you’re extremely hardworking since you do have to maintain a certain grade or risk losing your scholarship, so it’s natural for you to be a bit more grade-conscious than others.
You love extracurriculars
You’re extremely active in your college orgs because you can’t stand staying idle and doing nothing. You usually love the responsibilities and the opportunities that come with them! Scholars revel at the idea of org works and leadership training, where they’re called to shine, pursue, and achieve more. Plus being able to balance your studies and extracurriculars is a feat that is bound to decorate anyone’s resume after college – who wouldn’t want that?
You budget your monthly stipend to the absolute minimum
Just because you have monthly allowance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t spend them all at once! Having a monthly stipend means all your necessary expenses are covered, as long as you meet the required standard grade. Scholars usually use them for necessities such as food and groceries, so it’s not like they use it to buy whatever video game they might be eyeing. Wouldn’t you feel better knowing you’re financially ensured?
You’re ~*extra*~ competitive
Well, you do have to stay at your best and keep those high grades, right? You tend to be extremely active during recitations and it’s not uncommon to see scholars getting uber-competitive with their ideas when it comes to group presentations. And if you happen to be paired up with somebody else or you end up in a bigger group, you’re usually the one who takes charge.
You have an active dorm life
Some scholars get to live in a dorm (oftentimes covered by their scholarship) so naturally, you’d find yourself living in the same building as other scholars. It’s even possible to form a community amongst yourselves due to your shared interests. But it doesn’t always mean you have to close yourselves off from your non-scholar friends – your lives don’t always revolve around studies!
Of course, all scholars are individuals, too, and have different experiences that shaped them into who they are. The same goes for you, too. After all, you’re human, right?