This is a public service announcement: College Isn’t Cheap.
Hello, People Who Know Seniors! mental_floss: Where Knowledge Junkies Get Their Fix ™, is giving away college MONEY. Listen to me now. ¡M-O-N-E-Y! And you don’t have to be a 4.0 — or even a 3.5 — to get it. mental_floss honors even those of us not on the honor roll. All you have to do is …want. Then, write.
The Contest: In 750 words or less, explain why you (as the most deserving person on the planet) should win a $10,000 prize for tuition/books in the fall of 2009. The contest is open to full-time students pursuing an undergraduate degree at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the U.S. or Canada in the fall of 2009. Essays must be original work and should reflect the tone of mental_floss magazine. Winning essays must be truly memorable. They should be easy-to-read, funny, quirky and creative without being pretentious. Just (we hope) like mental_floss magazine. The prizes will be awarded on the overall quality of your essay.
Eligibility: You must be 18 years of age or older (by August 15, 2009) and a legal resident of the United States (except Puerto Rico), the District of Columbia or Canada (except Quebec) in order to enter.
Go on, read the fine print and if you’re eligible, or your kid is eligible, or your neighbor’s kid is eligible, stand on their front porch, send them text messages and show up on their dates until they actually put fingers to keyboard and enter. Remember that an excuse to aggravate people is a terrible thing to waste.
This has been a public service announcement: Thank you.