On Christmas Eve I opened up applications for a scholarship to our January 16-17-18, 2015 Super Thinking + Spanish Course in Mount Dora, Florida. I asked applicants to send a 200 word description of why they wish to attend and what they would do with the knowledge gained. We received four applications and I would appreciate your vote from which applicant should receive the scholarship. One full scholarship will be given to the applicant who receives the most votes from readers.
Here are the applications.
#1: I very much would like to attend the Super Thinking + Spanish course on the scholarship. I voluntarily retired from my profession three years ago when I realized that memory issues were interfering with my ability to address the concerns of my clients. I’ve since been given the clinical diagnosis of early onset mild cognitive impairment, after clinical testing, brain scans and spinal taps. My doctor told me little could be done other than getting regular exercise, eating “healthy” (as defined by USDA guidelines), and taking prescription drugs.
I’ve been a reader of yours for at least ten years and really enjoy your emails concerning nutrition. I ordered books on Amazon about early onset cognitive impairment and consulted a local nutritionist for advice. For the past three years, I’ve ingested three tablespoons of coconut oil daily, avoided high carb foods, incorporated turmeric, cinnamon, nuts and berries, and lots of protein into my diet, and taken many vitamin supplements including, but not limited to, krill oil and other omega three’s, Vinpocitine, L-Carnitine, Vitamins D3, B6, B12, E, Alpha Lipoic Acid. I also train 4-6 times weekly on Lumosity, and play puzzle games and board games. I have just started to learn Mah Jong.
My cognitive functioning has improved greatly. My friends agree. I would like to return to work in the coming year. I have several friends who are substitute teaching in schools attended mostly by Spanish speaking children. I was planning to apply for such position in January. Then, I opened your email this morning! Needless to say, the course could fit in with those plans and compliment the three years of Spanish that I took in high school, along with my experiences to speak the language while traveling to South and Central America.
I believe that the Super Thinking + Spanish combination would be a good challenge, but I have not been able to afford the tuition. I am 61 years old and have been living on my 401K accounts and what is left of an inheritance left by my father and mother. These funds are diminishing, but I do have an older motor home that I could use to get to Florida. I could live in it while I am there. I may also be able to share my experience with other attendees, including the use of coconut oil which I feel is the primary thing, along with Alpha Lipoic Acid, that caused my improvement.
I don’t know what the circumstances are of the others and don’t wish to take up a position that someone else may also need. I just ask to be considered and thank you for the opportunity.
#2: One simple yet powerful word to describe why I entered and hope to win the Super Thinking plus Spanish scholarship is transformation.
I’m 47, live in Colorado and I’ve reached another significant turning point. This new chapter in the book of my life is very different than the one now coming to a close. I had moved to Colorado from Connecticut when I was 31. The adventures with new friends extended across this beautiful state on ski slopes, biking trails, and rocky mountain summits.
I believe however that we all have transitional points where we strive for change as part of the natural cycle of life. For some, change is minimal as others reinvent themselves totally. Personally, I’m leaving behind some long standing relationships that no longer serve either party. I’m leaving behind a career and business I’ve built while I set off to learn, grow and unplug from the reality in which I’m currently immersed. My plans in the New Year take me to Peru, Ecuador and maybe Costa Rica as well. I’m embracing this at times difficult transformation and recognize that Super Thinking and Spanish couldn’t come at a better time for me!
#3: Under the Radar Screen. We live in a very small town in rural Montana, an area that most would categorize as “the middle of nowhere”. The winters can be brutal, and the summers short. This area is primarily agricultural (ranching), and thus we attract many seasonal farm workers from Mexico.
We have a small library in town, and I’m a volunteer there. A couple years ago, I met a Hispanic looking woman in the library, accompanied by a man who seemed to be very dominant. She was extremely introverted and did not speak English. I suspected that she was in an abusive relationship, and after a little due diligence, my suspicions were confirmed. She has since disappeared, and no one seems to know what happened to her. And, the man I saw her with has died, so not able to answer questions.
Even though I studied Spanish in high school, to this day, I regret that I wasn’t able to recall enough of the language to reach out to this woman.
I think this Spanish course might help me be a link in my community between the farm workers (who tend to be nameless transients to locals) and the ranch owners.
#4: Twas the night before Christmas, and while lying in bed,
I had visions of travel dancing in my head.
But at age 67, and retired to boot,
What became quite apparent was my grave lack of loot!
Oh, I’d scrimped and I’d saved and I’d worked all those years,
Survived in-laws and outlaws, and overcome fears.
Yet retirement’s not in the cards, so it seems…
And frankly, I’ve still got some goals and some dreams.
So while glancing at email before resting my head,
I read with delight what Gary Scott said. ☺
Well, I jumped from my bed and ran straight to the sink.
(To write a great letter, I’d need something to drink!)
With a large glass of water, and the quiet of the night,
I sat at the keyboard and started to write.
For six years and counting I’ve been reading E L,
And dreaming myself of such travels and… well,
Here was my chance to learn Spanish and speak it!
(I move to Costa Rica next month, and I’ll need it!!)
I promised my Maker to take care of His flock,
(He takes great care of me and is truly my Rock!)
So my plan is to work with the children down there,
Especially the ones who don’t get the best care.
And it matters not if they’re old or they’re young,
I’d just like to speak in their native tongue.
So I pray, as you read this, you’ll feel what I feel.
And you’ll know that my heart and desire is real.
To avail of this course will bring joy and delight,
But for now, my dear friends, I must bid you ‘Good night’.
Please send me your vote at firstname.lastname@example.org for choice #1 – #2 – #3 – #4.
Thanks and best wishes to you.