Fall 2019 Intuition for Tuition Winner
Congratulations, Riley Davis! You are the Fall 2019 winner of the $500 Intuition for Tuition Poshified Scholarship! It isn’t always easy to face rejection, especially when your heart is involved. You knew at your core that you belonged at the University of Pittsburgh. You followed your gut and went to the University of Pittsburgh even though you were accepted to the college with a contingency. You could have started your freshman year at another college, where you had a full acceptance into an engineering program, but you chose a more difficult path. The part of your essay that stood out the most to me is when you said, “There are so many talented, young individuals out there and what separates me from them is not necessarily my talent but rather my work ethic. I was going to work hard, and I was going to get into the engineering program, and I did.” There is a saying that I find very true that says, “hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” Because you followed your gut, you chose the University of Pittsburgh, regardless of the circumstances. You let your gut lead you, but in the end, it was your hard work and determination that kept you going! I know you will continue to find success in your life because you balance intuition with grit. Congratulations, Riley!
When have you (or a woman you know) followed your/her gut and made a decision that, against all odds, turned out all for the best?
As a young girl, I found myself always getting lost in makeup videos on YouTube and trying to create facial masks out of items that I could find in my fridge. I knew at a young age that the beauty industry was something that I wanted to pursue in my future. I recognized that being a model, or a designer was not for me, but rather I wanted to combine my love for math and science and be involved in creating new beauty products. Ultimately, I wanted to create my own beauty line and have the scientific background to do it.
I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in engineering in college so that I would have a strong scientific background along with the knowledge to produce beauty products on a larger scale. I had my future all mapped and never imagined that the University of Pittsburgh, the school I had fallen in love with, would deny my acceptance into the engineering program. They told me I could accept enrollment as an undecided student and transfer in after the first year if I completed the required courses and maintained at least a 3.0 GPA. At this point in time, I had already been accepted into smaller engineering schools, but I was still bummed because I had a gut feeling that the University of Pittsburgh was where I belonged. I thought to myself that the world class education I would receive at the University of Pittsburgh was worth the risk and if I failed to get into the engineering program, it would only show me that there was something else out there that I was meant to do. So instead of accepting enrollment at a different university, I went to University of Pittsburgh as an undecided student with my future aspirations up in the air.
Looking back, I think that being denied was the best and most humbling thing that could have happened to me. I did not see it that way at the time but being told no lit a fire in me. It made me want to work harder and prove to myself that I was good enough to be a chemical engineer. There is a saying that I find very true that says, “hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard.” I realized that the transition from college made me no longer a big fish in a small pond but rather a big fish in a big pond. There are so many talented, young individuals out there and what separates me from them is not necessarily my talent but rather my work ethic. I was going to work hard, and I was going to get into the engineering program, and I did.
Currently, I have completed seven semesters of schooling and have one more semester to complete before graduating in December of 2019. The experiences that the University of Pittsburgh has offered to me over the past few years is what has made this risk so worthwhile. I have had the opportunity to spend a month studying abroad in Germany and I have spent more than a year working in industry on a co-op at the Chemours Company in Washington, West Virginia. These experiences have shaped who I am as a person and allowed me to believe in myself whole heartedly. I have not reached my goal of creating my own beauty line yet but all of these experiences in life have showed me that if you want something enough, it is yours for the taking. If I had never followed my gut back when I was 18 years old, I may never have come to this self-realization.
Thank You To The Applicants
Choosing a winner is never an easy process. I read so many excellent essays, and almost all of you are deserving of this scholarship in one way or another. A giant THANK YOU for everyone who entered. If I can say anything to you all, it is for you to keep trying! If you didn’t win this time, please again in the fall for the 2020 Spring Poshified Intuition for Tuition Scholarship Program.