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Bright Values: Invest Wisely

Beyond Finances

Col­lege is more than a finan­cial invest­ment. While it may be an aca­d­e­m­ic or career invest­ment, it is a time of huge per­son­al growth, which occurs in and out of the classroom.

We see schol­ars invest­ing in rela­tion­ships, expe­ri­ences, and their own self-care. Rela­tion­ships can be per­son­al and/​or pro­fes­sion­al and some­times one small invest­ment can turn into some­thing huge! As a pro­fes­sion­al exam­ple, we heard from a schol­ar who asked a pro­fes­sor about their research which led to con­nec­tions in a lab which led to employ­ment and research oppor­tu­ni­ties. This lit­tle invest­ment of get­ting to know a pro­fes­sor had a huge pay-off for this scholar’s career.

We also know some invest­ments can come at a cost and it is impor­tant to take care of your­self holis­ti­cal­ly. We see schol­ars invest­ing in their own self-care by say­ing no to things that aren’t work­ing for them, devel­op­ing exer­cise rou­tines, fig­ur­ing out a reg­u­lar sleep and study sched­ule, and also mak­ing sure they have time to have fun or even do noth­ing for a change!

We are also glad that the finan­cial invest­ment of the Bright Schol­ar­ships allows many stu­dents to invest in a vari­ety of expe­ri­ences while in col­lege, which may or may not be relat­ed to their field of study. By par­tic­i­pat­ing in things like study abroad, clubs on cam­pus, and vol­un­teer­ing in the com­mu­ni­ty, schol­ars learn more about them­selves, explore or dis­cov­er pas­sions, and build valu­able relationships. 

All of this is a wise investment!