She applied for a lesser-known scholarship and made sure to mention it during conversations with college officials.
Speaking up for ourselves is the most daunting task that many of us will ever have to do. There is no promise of an instant prize as well. The reward is knowing that no matter what, you got your own back. However, every now and then, life will also give us instant rewards, if we continue to speak for ourselves. Similarly, Jayda Peets—who goes by @jaydapeets on TikTok—posted about her experience on TikTok. She made a five seconds video about the day "when my mom told me to literally just call the dean of my law school and ask for a full-ride scholarship and she actually said yes." It is a huge achievement in anyone's career, as higher education is quite expensive in the United States. She has revealed how this scholarship would save her $300,000.
The full story, however, was shared in a follow-up video uploaded by Peets. She had planned it nicely, as she had visited the admissions office before even applying to the college and also made sure she got to know the people who worked at the admissions office. She had also organized a trip for her undergrad classmates to the college. "They were able to see my work ethic beforehand and just get my personality," she said. "I wasn't just a name on a paper. They had to put a name with a face and it was me." She had applied for a less-known scholarship and made sure that she mentioned it to the college officials while talking to them.
After she got the admission letter, she still awaited a call about the scholarship. At this point, her mother asked to give the dean a call. "I thought that was crazy, but I said, 'You know what, whatever,'" she said. "She was really iffy on the call, so I figured I didn't get it. Then she said, 'Let me call you back in five minutes.' She called and said, 'Congrats, this call just saved you about $300,000. I was able to talk to some people and your GPA helped, so congrats! You just got the scholarship.'" The dean was also keen on helping a student with great academic potential.
The first video received immense support and garnered 1M views. After watching these two videos, people gave their opinions in the comments section. @thatgirl_angelique wrote, "So, it's basically all based on connections and communication you build you have to speak up and be involved and confident to get what you want." @bossbeandesigns commented, "The way the dean never gets our emails. It goes through an assistant before it gets to him."
@moonlight expressed, "Moms be knowing! Glad you listened to her and got the scholarship!" @madi commented, "Great reminder to always maintain healthy professional relationships and to never stop expanding your network!" @ephemeralliberty, "Similar things have happened to me. Be brave and ask for what you need. People can't read minds, so you must vocalize your needs!"