Apparently, while I was failing a final exam last week, this message from the financial aid office landed in my student account:

Dear May:

Congratulations on your commitment, preparation, and citizenship.  Brigham Young University is pleased to award you the following:

Semester Scholarship Amount Required Hours
Fall  2011 Brigham Young $money.yay! 14
Winter 2012 Brigham Young $money.yay! 14

This scholarship is awarded based on the financial information you provided on your Comprehensive scholarship application.  We encourage you to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to apply for federal financial aid for the 2011-12 academic year, if you have not already done so.  Details on how to apply may be found on the Financial Aid website.

Please note that this is an undergraduate scholarship.  If you will be a graduate student for the semester(s) indicated, you are not eligible to claim this scholarship.  If you wish to defer or decline the award, please visit the Scholarship History page in Route Y. To access this page, log in to Route Y, click on School, AIM, and Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Tithes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and offerings of generous friends of the university fund BYU scholarships. Following established procedures, we award these resources to encourage continued commitment to spiritual and intellectual growth. By claiming your award, you accept certain responsibilities. Specifically, you commit to:

Use this investment wisely to prepare for meaningful service to your family, community, and the world.

Express gratitude by writing a thoughtful letter of appreciation to those who fund your scholarship.

Comply with the policies that govern the use of your award.

Exemplify good citizenship within the university community by abiding the Honor Code, encouraging others to do likewise, and, whenever possible, attending the weekly campus devotionals and forums.

Provide a minimum of 15 hours of meaningful service, which you define and pursue on your own, for each semester of scholarship awarded.

Replenish the university’s scholarship funds as circumstances in your life allow.

Please refer to the Expectations of BYU Scholarship Recipients below for additional explanation and specific instructions about these commitments.

Please note that scholarships are not automatically renewed. To be considered for future scholarships, you must apply by the published deadlines.   No late applications will be accepted.

Scholarships provide financial assistance, but they also represent a vote of confidence in you. We celebrate the gifts and talents you contribute to our student body.


Financial Aid Office
Brigham Young University

So, I have to write a letter to the scholarship donors, be an all-around grateful student, and basically stop feeling discouraged so easily. The message made my day; it reminded me of what I’m capable of doing.

Sniff Harder

I just finished baking some biscuits and blueberry turnovers. The biscuits were from scratch. The turnovers were from the leftover pie crust and frozen blueberries from the Americafied! party. So, there are all sorts of simple, empty carbohydrates on the table, and I don’t know why I was baking, and I know even less who’s going to eating that food. I can’t eat it all. My roommates are going to be out of town, so maybe I might accidentally stuff myself. I mean, I didn’t go swimming tonight, but it wasn’t necessarily for a date with the oven. I think it’s from the various invitations to Thanksgiving dinner I received, and it put me in a culinary mood. Maybe it’s just that I want to expand my stomach as much as possible before Thursday, when the gorgefest begins and doesn’t really end until well into the new year. Yeah, so no swimming tonight. Plus, I had a headache. Exercise would have helped it, I know, but I wanted to make sure the I was home tonight in case we shot more scenes for the video.

I just tried a biscuit. Not bad for my very first biscuit attempt. I love the word biscuit. I put a few different spreads on the table, too: butter, strawberry jam, honey. I also put the leftover blueberry pie filling I made, in case people want to be daring. I used some of the blueberry stuff and a little bit of honey. They aren’t bad.

I guess I could have cut the biscuits thicker, but they’re not too thin. If I had just plopped the dough onto the baking pan, they’d look more like scones. The possibilities are endless with scones, people. Savory, sweet. People put cheese and scallions in them. People dip them in gravy. Sometimes sausage gravy. People put cranberries and orange zest and maybe almonds in them. Almost like a muffin, but definitely a scone. People mix in pumpkin pie filling for pumpkin scones. Oh, my. Um, rosemary scones. I need to try that. I know I said once it would be nice to die by baklava, but the aroma floating around in my apartment right now has convinced me I might already be in heaven. You totally wish you were here, and I’m sorry you’re not.

Um, I think I might be getting a little smarter. I helped some people with a crossword puzzle today, and I completed a “difficult” sudoku puzzle. Granted, the crossword puzzle was typically Monday, but the sudoku puzzle wasn’t, and it was a nice challenge to this old noggin. I can’t remember the last time I exercised my brain like that.

I guess I can check that off my list for today after all. Time to eat.