We’d like to formally introduce our 5th Place 2020 Scholarship Recipient, Carson Watts. The Lisa Michelle Memorial Fund was established to assist and recognize students who have lost a parent to substance abuse. We are proud to award a $100 scholarship to Victoria.
Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Victoria Rogers, I am 19 years old and go to Jacksonville University for theater arts. I love playwriting and light design.
Q: Imagine yourself 10 years from now. What goals and ambitions do you have for yourself, personally, academically, and professionally?
10 years from now I would like to have graduated with my MFA and to be producing my own work, whether it be live theatre or film work. I would also like to be working in my community, possibly through a youth program, similar to ones I went to when I was younger.
Q: Aside from a college degree, what do you hope to gain from your college experience?
Along with my college degree, I hope to gain from a college a deeper understanding of myself, human nature, the world around me, and I hope to make connections and relationships that will last a lifetime.
Q: What motivates you to continue working towards accomplishing your goals?
The main things that keep me motivated in life are my mother, my family, my friends, and the future. I want to create a future that not only I will be happy to live in, but the people around me will be able to flourish in, too.
Q: What advice would you give to other students who have been through circumstances similar to yours?
To anyone who has gone through something similar to me, I would advise to not spend so much time worrying. It is natural, of course. I worry all the time if I will ever be able to move on, if I will end up just like my mother, if there was something more I could have done. You are going to be okay. Take those worries and use them to move forward. Create or do something that your loved one would be proud of; that you can be proud of. Thank the universe for the time you had and don’t let anyone or anything stop you from becoming the person you want to be, because, let’s face it: you have been through hell and made it out to see another day. Make it a good one.