College: a magical time when deadlines are tight and budgets are tighter. Whether they’re pet sitting, dog walking, working at the campus coffee shop, and beyond, many students do what they can to earn extra cash. Rover is committed to helping out with an annual scholarship for current students, which takes the form of an essay contest. For 2016, we asked them for their take on the sharing economy.
After careful consideration, one applicant rose to the top, and we’re excited to introduce you to her! Meet Tatiana Follett of Colorado and her beloved dog, McGee.
Tatiana attends the University of Denver, and says, “right now, I’m trying to decide between majoring in Business or International Studies. As for minors, I am interested in minoring in German and Chemistry.”
After she graduates, her goal is to get into a top-ten law school, and eventually work in education policy. She explains, “I’m incredibly passionate about lessening the socio-economic achievement gap that plagues our public school system.”
The Rover scholarship will help Tatiana offset the cost of textbooks and tuition. “It means less financial stress during the school year so I can focus on my studies,” she says.
Not only is she a full-time student, but Tatiana is also a competitive gymnast. She is inspired by other athletes, and adds that since the Rio Olympics, “I still have that Olympic work-out motivation!”
She also cites her supportive parents as being a major source of inspiration in her life.
It’s fitting that Tatiana is a dog person, too. She says, “I couldn’t imagine life without a dog. They are the most loyal friends, companions, and play pals on earth.”
“I couldn’t imagine life without a dog. They are the most loyal friends, companions, and play pals on earth.”
Tatiana got her first dog, Coco, when she was eight. Coco was “a lively, beautiful, and fiercely loyal Vizsla. She was my best friend and an amazing companion … I thought I’d never find a dog as amazing as her. I didn’t find another Coco, but I did get another great Vizsla named McGee. Coco’s polar opposite, McGee is mellow and loves to cuddle.”
The Rover team is proud of Tatiana and her accomplishments, and wishes her all the best in the future.