Federal Grants are monetary help that are offered to the students on the basis of their merit or financial needs to pursue higher education. What do students need to do to get more knowledge but can’t satiate it due to the financial condition of your family? The government is now lending you a helping hand to overcome your shortcomings.
What is a Federal Grant?
The Federal Grants are monetary aids that are financial aids which are provided to the students for higher education. Federal Grants are offered to those students who cannot afford the expense of college. Federal Grants differs from the educational loans as you don’t need to pay the money back. It also differs from the scholarship as it is not offered by a specific group of people to the students of a particular stream and you also don’t need to have exceptional grades to enjoy the benefits of Federal Grants.
When, Why and How was the Federal Grants started?
The Federal Grants came into the picture long before the formation of the US Constitution. It was initially started by the United States Congress. Federal Grants primarily came as monetary help from the local government to people suffering from natural disasters, internal improvements, civil disturbances and expansion. The Federal Grants that we are aware of today was created during the 1910. Today there are over 1000 various Federal Grants program which acquires government help of about $439 billion.
Various types of federal grants for college:
The Federal Grants are offered by the Free Application for Federal Students Aid or FAFSA.
The Federal Grants for colleges that are in existence today are basically of two types:
1. Merit based
2. Financial need based
1. Merit Based Federal Grants:
These Federal Grants are offered from the state to those students who have been exceptional in their academic performances. These Federal Grants are offered to those students who have acquired a certain GPA. These may be combined along with the income of the student or student’s family. But to apply for these Federal Grants you need to fulfill the FAFSA criteria. For more information you may also consult the state’s official website.
2. Financial Need Based Federal Grants:
This is the most common type among the various kinds of Federal Grants available in the states. It offers financial assistance to those students who are not capable of coping up with the college expenses. It takes into consideration the cost of attendance as well as the financial help that your family is capable of providing. It also checks your urge to attend the college.
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You wrote the original draft for this novel when you were only sixteen! How much of EYES IN THE MIRROR had to be re-worked before publishing?
I looked back at the original version of Eyes in the Mirror recently and was surprised to see how much of it had actually remained the same. There are paragraphs from the first draft (which I handwrote in a spiral notebook) that are still in the version that Sourcebooks published! That being said, I did a lot of rewriting when I came back to it. Having the years away created a great opportunity for me to come back to the book with a fresh perspective. I used the original as a guide for where I wanted things to go, but there are chapters that I almost entirely rewrote.
What got you interested in the concept of an alternate dimension? What made you pick mirrors as a portal?
I think the idea of a mirror being the opposite of what you see (instead of the same as what you see) is what prompted the idea of an alternate dimension. I wondered if the things you see in the mirror are the opposite (what’s right is left and what’s left is right), then couldn’t the people be opposites too? The idea of an alternate dimension was a tool for me- something that let me look at the same situation from multiple opposing perspectives, which is what I really loved doing with these characters.
What would your alternate self be like?
That’s a hard question for me to answer! I think in some ways, both Dee and Samara are alternate personalities of mine. They both handle things really differently than I would but in ways I often admire. Samara is much more impulsive than I am and because of that gets to have a whole host of exciting experiences. Dee, on the other hand, is a chameleon, reacting in different ways to different people and putting everyone she meets at ease, a trait I think anyone would envy. If I had to pick one trait that my alternate self would have though, I think she would be extraordinarily quick witted. She would never leave an awkward message she wanted to take back or
think of the perfect response 6 hours later. I think I’d want my alternate self to be able to do that so she could teach me how…
EYES IN THE MIRROR is written in alternating perspectives. Whose narration did you enjoy writing more—Samara’s or Dee’s? Why?
I loved writing from both of these characters’ perspectives. They both had a knack for surprising me- Samara could be more difficult at times because of her propensity for recklessness. She often did things that I didn’t expect or that weren’t in my outline. I remember actually getting mad at her when she brought me down a path I felt unprepared for. That was a challenge, but also exciting. Dee on the other hand, often understood things better than I expected her to and reacted in ways that were more calculated than I realized. I would find that she had been planning something for chapters, which made developing her inner eye really fun to develop. I don’t think I could choose a favorite.
What’s one thing readers would be surprised to find out about EYES IN THE MIRROR?
I think a lot of people would be surprised to know that the book isn’t written only from Dee and Samara’s perspectives. There are places where I felt like to really get inside characters’ heads, I needed to write out the same thing happening from his or her perspective as was happening in the chapter of the book. For example, I have the second chapter written almost entirely from Dee’s mom’s perspective. I have a series of conversations from Jamie’s perspective. Dee and Samara are definitely not the only two whose heads I’ve tried to get into, even though theirs are the only perspectives you read in the book.
Exchange program is originally was “exchanging of students” from two counties or more. Yet, nowadays a trade off of students between countries is not necessary anymore; it is now a program in which a student study and live in a foreign country even without a trade off of students.
Here are some advantages of exchange programs:· Learning and understanding culture.
Gaining a broader perspective of the world and thus having empathy of a culture is just one of the personal gains in exchange program. A personal point of view and a very sympathetic one at that help the world gain peace. We could not gain peace in which people who talk about attaining it does not even know and sympathizes on the diversity of culture in this world. Encouraging teenagers to participate in exchange program is like encouraging future leaders to know the diverse culture to able to make regulations that understand diverse culture. If majority of the youth today has the interest and capacity of participating in exchange program then we are like opening the whole nation to openness and working on differences between countries. In participating in the community, in doing what they are doing and in making lasting friendship and correspondence in the host country is a way of immersing students in the host country’s culture. A first hand experience of the other culture; of feeling what they feel, of knowing their concerns, of knowing their aspirations, meeting their families and going through what they encounter can make a very radical difference of one's perspective and personality.
· Acquiring Social Awareness.
Social Awareness is being conscious, aware and sensitive of the day-to-day problems of the society; the society’s concern and difficulties. Exchange programs in students can make them aware of their responsibility as a student and as a part of the society. When exchange students live in a host family, they integrate themselves on the family and became temporarily part of it. By doing so, they become aware of the inner concerns of the family as part of the race and global community.
· Improving on International Relationships.
One of the aims of exchange programs is on enhancing the relationship between countries. As countries both take good care of the foreign exchange programs they tend to communicate and negotiate better. The ties between countries became stronger as their youth participate on knowing the culture they would be immersing themselves with.
· Molding of Personality.
Participating in exchange program defines the student’s personality, goals and career path of the students. As studies shown, exchange students who were immersed in community who experienced lack the medical staff to treat patients became more successful with medical courses; for the experienced encourages to pursue a medical career as they understand and got a first hand experienced of the difficulties of having no doctor around.
· Personal Growth.
Personal growth is gaining maturity, responsibility and independence. Living away from the support network of family and friends but with the support of the program representative and really make you grow as an individual. As you grow it prepares one students to be ready for college and take on college life’s responsibility. A student who participates on career program has more possibility of finishing college, according to studies made by universities.
· Learn a new Foreign Language.
The best way to learn a new language is communicating with it 24/7 (24/7 means 24 hours a day and 7 days a week) and through exchange program. In exchange program there is a possibility of taking and learning on your subjects through the foreign language. And what is great about this is some colleges will grant credit for ‘advanced 2nd language skills’ gained abroad.