College/Uni Article - The Search Engine And The Scholarship: An Unhealthy Relationship

The Search Engine And The Scholarship: An Unhealthy Relationship

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The Internet search engine has revolutionized the way we search for information these days. No longer do we trawl through book after book, taking half an hour to find a simple fact and painstaking writing down everything else we discover along the way. Today, you can search with just one or two words and copy and paste the results onto a word document to refer back to later. The nature of the world is changing as a result of the technology that we have at our fingertips today, but that may not be a good thing in certain ways. So Internet search engines are fantastic for looking information up when you need it then and there, but not so much if you are looking for a specific piece of information that you need virtually immediately! If you are looking for scholarship information online to help you to find awards that you apply for, or information concerning general scholarships so that you can learn more before applying, then you will soon come to regard the search engine as your worst enemy. In terms of quality material, it will barely turn up any with various keywords inputted into the search field, and refining your search will bring back more obscure results that you had previously. Search engines like Google and Yahoo respond to keywords, but yet very few educational websites have keywords laced in the text and this makes them difficult to find. Instead, every article that even mentions a scholarship is keyword optimised and consequently turns up at the top of the results list. Those articles are actually of little or no help to you! Keyword optimised articles may not yield any helpful data and information because they are simply designed to draw more individuals to the website in question, and usually for money making purposes. There are some little gems out there, though it becomes increasingly hard to find them as the days go on! In truth, they could actually direct you to a more comprehensive site that could act as a guide but very few do. The keyword articles that can be found on the Internet that regard scholarships and grants should not be taken as gospel if they do offer you information because it may not be accurate. There are some well researched and thoughtful articles out there, but it is always better to back them up with a reliable source before acting upon their advice. In fact, as far as academic funding and applications for it are concerned, it would be advisable to find helpful hints and tips in a couple of articles before actually acting upon them. This is your future ad one mistake could render the heart and soul that you poured into the application useless. Unfortunately, you may actually need a printed guide or a website address given to you from a careers or guidance counsellor to find the information you need. When you do get to the correct website then there will be more than enough information for you to be able to use there. Some printed information is available on certain websites too and can be downloaded. Most downloadable material will actually be the official guides of certain educational bodies and can thus be trusted. There may be a guide on the website of the school that you want to go to, and that would be a very trustworthy source indeed, but if not they will be able to refer you on so you can get the help that you need. Although this sounds like very surprising information and is easy to disregard, it is perhaps the best advice anyone could give on scholarships, grants and other opportunities because it puts the ball firmly back in your court. Applying for a scholarship or grant should be all about you, and only about you. There is enough pressure to make a successful application, without having several sources of information telling you completely different things.

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