I got a lesson in delayed gratification today. The idea behind delayed gratification is the ability to resist something in the present in order to get a better reward in the future.
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I recently won a very small scholarship to help with summer tuition.
I then received an update saying the amount had increased. This is great since more scholarship money is always better!
The amount was now being awarded during the fall semester instead. This was not so great news because I had to cover the amount not paid by the scholarship.
While I was happy to get more money, it would have been really nice to get the original amount now and the ‘bonus’ later. Now I am being taught a lesson in delayed gratification because the amount is larger in the future.