My name is See Moua, and I am currently a General Mills scholar and a University of Minnesota student in the College of Liberal Arts. I will be a senior this coming school year and look forward to graduation in the spring. Wallin Education Partners strives to ensure scholar success through the combination of advising, career planning, and financial aid. It is a privilege to be able to be a General Mills scholar and have access to all the different available resources provided by the program.
I am pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in English and aspire to acquire a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science in the future. I would like to learn how to become a librarian, particularly one who will serve the local community. I used to volunteer at Sun Ray Library, a public library in St. Paul, when I was a high school student, and I had such a wonderful experience there. Tasks typically consisted of cleaning, shelving, and withdrawing books, CDs, DVDs, and films. On special occasions I would decorate magazine bins and create stepping stones. The significance of these projects was to educate children regarding the alphabet, colors, and shapes as well as to beautify the library and attract visitors. I also supervised the Summer Reading Program and Paw Pals Program for children. All of these activities were satisfying and I would love to return to a public library one day, especially as an individual who has acquired a greater knowledge about libraries. Technology is constantly advancing and many individuals are becoming more and more tech-savvy. It is important to take advantage of the myriad of resources available at libraries.
I am happy to have had the opportunity to apply for the Wallin Education Partners Scholarship in high school. I had my doubts. I did not think I would end up being selected as a recipient, but I was thrilled when I discovered I had received the scholarship. The semester reports I have to send every year truly encourage me to critically analyze myself. Oftentimes I neglect to self-reflect, but self-reflections are learning opportunities. I am not only learning about the subjects I may or may not have interest in when in college—I am also learning about my own personal growth. What are my strengths? What are my areas of improvement? I do not pick at what I believe to be my flaws or weaknesses. Instead, I concentrate on my areas of strength and dedicate time to my areas of improvement. One of the most important aspects of life is the ability and opportunity to learn on a daily basis.
Without the General Mills Scholarship, I would not be where I am today. I have the wonderful opportunity of working as Wallin Education Partners’ Communications Intern this summer and am excited to embark on a journey with everyone. As a scholar, I know that I can take what I learn and apply it to my present and future endeavors. This internship position is truly a learning opportunity for me. The General Mills Scholarship is a precious gift to me—I am honored to be a General Mills scholar and cannot express my gratitude enough.