I have two options: to accept or to decline the offer of a scholarship.
Students stand in line to be awarded prestigious scholarships by government and
other mega corporations. Should not I just grab this scholarship ? However, I
would like to look into the advantages and disadvantages of the scholarship
offer before I make a momentous decision.
The first favorable consideration is that my parents would have their
financial undertaking replaced by the scholarship award. Furthermore, they can
breathe easily because all the expenses are no longer their responsibility. In
addition, they can keep their retirement savings intact. What is more satisfying
to them, is to know I am a cut above the
rest to be offered this scholarship.
The second favorable consideration is I am assured of employment when I
complete my course. I have a bond to serve the government. The bond is tied up
with the government employment.
The third and last favorable consideration is the award entitles me to pursue
my tertiary education abroad at a prestigious ivy league institution. What is
most exciting is that not only can I come into contact with but also exchange
information with the minds of other young elite. I believe such contact would
come in most appropriate when I enter the governmental and business arenas.
On the other hand, the first unfavorable consideration is when I am awarded
this scholarship, a more deserving and needy applicant is rejected. His dreams
have gone up in smoke.
In addition, the second unfavorable consideration is. I am bonded to serve
the government in a position anywhere where my training is needed. Government
service is steady and safe but as with any civil service, there are procedures
and regulations, seniority and promotion, General Orders and ethics: they are
good for morale and discipline. However, the situation calls for
red tape and
work can be agonisingly slow. There are exceptions to the rule where the staid
government machinery can be ultra-modern.
Moreover, the third and final unfavorable consideration is, at this present
moment I am in two minds about the course I wish to pursue. On top of that, I may
not like the scholarship coming with a certain course. Appeals are often not
entertained. In fact, scholarship boards have their own setup, rules and other
factors when awarding scholarships.
In the final analysis, I think I shall accept the scholarship, enrol in the
discipline that is part and parcel of the scholarship, serve y bond faithfully
and efficiently (plus happily). When my "debt" to the nation is repaid, I can go
in search of newer (not necessarily greener) pastures to graze and work out my
passion for my chosen career. By the, I would know exactly what the "what" is.
To cement it, I should be the most grateful one to say a big "thank you" for the