Entitled

I am looking for scholarships to help fund my doctoral pursuits. I am an educator with a Master’s degree, but teachers in Hawaii don’t usually have salaries that reflect their signficant role in molding and preparing the next generation of leaders. Anyway, I digress.  The point is simply that I could use a few extra dollars to help fund my endeavors…So I do what every student in higher education usually does…I look for scholarships.

I figured that since I am a teacher I am

entitled.

I am pursuing a doctorate which makes me more marketable in today’s economy, so I must be

entitled.

I am advancing in the field of education which will benefit the society so I should be

entitled. 

I want to pay my own way as much as possible and live as debt-free as possible; in other words, I am not seeking handouts, just money that’s already designated for scholarships. Doesn’t that qualify me to be

entitled?

I am just above the poverty line, if not walking it, as a teacher in Hawaii, so I’m certainly

entitled.

Right? Wrong! 

I am not Black, Hispanic, Latino, Native American, Polynesian, I am White-European.

I am not gay, lesbian, bi-or transsexual.  I’m as straight as they come.

I am not a single parent. I’m simply single.

I am not on welfare because I have a supportive family.

I am not first generation college since my father worked hard to get his education.

I don’t belong to a million different prestigious organizations and clubs, since I prefer to volunteer at church and work at a local vet clinic.

The only thing I am entitled to is feeling like I should be entitled.

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Aloha! Thank you for visiting the Weeklythoughtexhange. I hope you enjoy this healthy exchange of ideas and thoughts. I am a middle school language arts teacher and relish active discussion, frequent reading, writing for leisure and growth, and immersion in new ideas and thoughts. Some of my favorite pastimes include being outdoors with family, friends and pets, traveling the world and country, and embarking on new adventures wherever they happen to find me - in my own backyard or on the other side of the Pacific Ocean.
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