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My First Blog Post

Posted on January 31st, 2007 by Matt Brattin

I wish I could say I prepared day and night ever since the travel contest concluded so I could put something extra special together for my first blog post; but alas, I did not.  My excuse is that the allure of scholarships (or should I say, scholarship) has gotten the best of me as of late.  After the reality of my acceptance to ESADE finally hit, so followed the realization of the impending tuition bill…or more specifically, the fact that it will somehow have to get paid.  This reality has since lead me on a wild goose chase for scholarships to help me on my journey, and the results have left me a busy man. 
 
Through my research I stumbled across the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation graduate scholarship, and the potential reward it offers is substantial enough that I have dedicated myself to the application for the last four months.  Now that I currently have my eight, yes, eight essays under review, I found a little breathing room to put together this first post!  At any rate, I’ve decided a good way to start would be by quickly addressing likely the only means by which anyone who reads this really knows me – my video!
 
In summation: Yes, that really was my wife in the video, and yes, ESADE really was the # 1 ranked international MBA program in the 2006 Wall Street Journal rankings.  Yes, I really was admitted, and yes, I really plan on attending.  Yes, I really spent a semester studying in Sweden during my undergrad, and yes, I really went on to take summer school in France.  Yes, I do have a quirky sense of humor, and yes, I am glad that the people at InternationalStudent.com get it! 
 
Ok, so now that we got that out of the way, I also thought I should mention that I encourage questions and comments and will gladly try to address them in my future blog posts.  My idea moving forward will be to share some background information on myself that should provide insight into my life and why I’ve decided to pursue my MBA abroad.  Eventually, if all goes to plan, I will be able to continue blogging throughout my adventures in Spain and will hopefully offer an interesting view into my life as an international student.
 
I look forward to sharing more about myself and my experiences in the coming weeks, and in the meantime hopefully I’ll find more time to dedicate to my second post!  I think I’ll end with a quote, because I like quotes, so enjoy!
 
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky

2 Responses to “My First Blog Post”

  1. Keith Says:

    Besides the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation graduate scholarship, have you found any other scholarships that look promising, or any other good resources for researching scholarships for study abroad?

  2. Matt Brattin Says:

    I must apologize that it has taken so long for me to respond to this comment. For whatever reason, I don’t believe it had previously appeared. Nonetheless, I will certainly go into further detail on this issue in my next two posts, as I will hopefully have the blog up to speed.

    In the meantime, I will say that Google searches led me to FastWeb.com and InternationalScholarships.com (how I found this site) among other helpful resources. Another “trick” I discovered is going to the financial aid section of various university websites and seeing what “general” scholarships are available to students – these are often open to anyone.

    At this point, besides the JKC scholarship, I have applied for only one other merit based scholarship. This one is offered directly from ESADE and offers up to 20% off of tuition. Soon I will likely begin applying for the smaller awards, but up until now these larger awards have taken the bulk of my time.

    I would advise anyone seeking funding for an exchange or full-time program to first contact your university and/or the host university’s financial aid office and ask about scholarships available specifically for international/exchange students. From here, FastWeb.com and InternationalScholarships.com are both great sites to paroose potential awards. Hope this is helpful!

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