Abroad101 Student of the Week #0033 – Aaron Hurd

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Our Abroad101 Student of the Week recipient for this week is Aaron Hurd, a sophomore at Colorado State University. Aaron is a political science major with minors in Spanish and Arabic. He enjoys many things such as baseball, soccer, and experiencing other cultures. In the future, Aaron hopes to accomplish many goals that range from attending graduate school to going into the intelligence field. Aaron has always dreamt of perfecting his spanish speaking skills and it looks like he has the opportunity to do just that by studying this spring at La Universidad de Alcalá in Alcalá de Henares, Spain. He’s one step closer to this dream with the help of our friends at Abroad101. Learn more about Aaron and his educational adventure by visiting his fundraising Mission here!

The Abroad101 Student of the Week initiative awards a student who created a Mission for a study abroad program on GoEnnounce with a donation to their fundraiser. Learn more about this partnership from Abroad101 CEO Mark Shay and GoEnnounce co-founder Melissa Davis here.

Stay tuned for our next Abroad101 Student of the Week!

Happy e-nnouncing!

The GoEnnounce Team

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10 Student Gifts That Should Be On Your Holiday Gift List

1. Kindle/iPad/Tablet

Tablets are not only great for listening to music or watching movies but also come in handy for school work! Say goodbye to those heavy backpacks because now you can keep all of your textbooks and notes for classes on your device in the cloud. And when you are done, jump on Netflix and watch a movie.

2. Store Gift Cards

If you are indecisive on what you want but know exactly where you like to shop, a gift card is for you. It’s a great way for someone to get you exactly what you want but without having to pick out the exact item!

3. Visa Gift Card

Going along with normal clothing or store gift cards, a Visa gift card can be a great gift. This card can be used anywhere Visa is accepted and that include online stores. So if you want to buy something online but don’t have a debit card, this is the gift for you. This is also just some thing that’s great to have throughout the semester in case you are strapped for cash!

4. Pebble Smartwatch

Smart watches are the next big thing that everyone is going to have and Pebble is a great starting point. This watch allows you to receive and interact with your phones notifications right on you wrist. It works on Android and iOS.

5. Wireless Bluetooth Sol Republic Headphones

Everyone loves to listen to music but untangling your headphones wire is one of the most annoying things ever. Now you can listen to music wire free with these bluetooth headphones from Sol Republic!

6. Wii U

Between Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros. and all the other awesome games you can play on the Wii U, this system definitely makes the gift list for all of the video game fans out there! It’s also a great system to play with friends!

7. A Drone

Drones are a new toy that many people are getting in to. They are pretty cool because they have a camera that let’s you explore areas you might not normally be able to reach. They are also just extremely fun to fly around!

8. Tickets To A Show Or Museum

Museums and musicals/plays are a great way to experience culture and history. Best of all, they can also be a lot of fun. Even if you don’t live in a big city, your town probably has some local shows happening – Check them out!

9. Spring Break/Summer Trip

Have you always wanted to experience a new culture or go some place completely new? Why not ask for an awesome spring break or summer trip to a place like London or Italy. You can even start a fundraising Mission to help pay for some of the expenses for your trip!

10. Donations To Your GoEnnounce Fundraiser

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Are you currently trying to fundraise for something on GoEnnounce? The holidays are the PERFECT time to share your fundraising Missions and ask for donations in lieu of gifts. Maybe you have a dream of studying abroad or a school expense that’s really holding you back! Create your first Mission and fundraise for the holidays here

Is something on your list but not on ours? Share it with us on Facebook or Instagram, don’t forget to tag @GoEnnounce!

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Abroad101 Student of the Week #0032 – Wes Lindenmuth

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This weeks Abroad101 Student of the Week winner is Wes Lindenmuth. Wes is currently a junior at the University of Cincinnati. He is a communications, business, and information technology major who is looking to study abroad in Florianopolis, Brazil for the spring 2015 semester. He will be attending the Universade De Federal Santa Catarina, which is one of the top 5 universities in South America.

Wes is very excited about this opportunity because it will allow him to build international connections that are essential to his fields of study. While in Brazil, he will be specifically studying international economics and portuguese. Wes believes that understanding international business, as well as learning a new language, will be tremendously valuable to his academic development and professional versatility. And we couldn’t agree more! Check out Wes’ Fundraising Mission for his plane ticket to get him to Florianopolis here!

The Abroad101 Student of the Week initiative awards a student who created a Mission for a study abroad program on GoEnnounce with a donation to their fundraiser. Learn more about this partnership from Abroad101 CEO Mark Shay and GoEnnounce co-founder Melissa Davis here.

Stay tuned for our next Abroad101 Student of the Week!

Happy e-nnouncing!

The GoEnnounce Team

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E-nnouncing Our November Scholarship Winner!

Our “GoEnnounce Yourself” Scholarship, sponsored by Upromise, awards one student $500 each month! This award goes to a student who’s doing a great job showcasing who he/she is, by sharing school related e-nnouncement updates with Followers on their GoEnnounce Student Page. We are happy to e-nnounce November winner… Jeffrey Wang!

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Jeffrey Wang is a senior from Bingham High School whose favorite subjects are art, music, and science. He’s an honor student who’s already received many arts and science related awards. For the 2014-2015 school year, Jeffrey is not only class president, he’s also a member of many different clubs and groups, including Nation Honor Society, orchestra, and the tennis team. And if that doesn’t sound busy enough – outside of school, Jeffrey is a member of his city’s (South Jordan, UT) youth council and acts as his high school liaison to South Jordan, UT’s Public Art and Development board.  Jeffrey plans to study pre-med at the University of Utah and eventually have a career as a pediatrician.

In November, Jeffrey e-nnounced how he was one of 14 students nominated as a Sterling Scholar finalist in the categories english, social science, science, and visual art. And just last week, he shares on his Student Page, how he was selected as the award winner for the visual art category! In November, Jeffrey decided to run the TrueBlue Art Auction to benefit local charities such as the Starlight Foundation, which assists foster children in finding new homes. He also donated quite a few personal works of art to the auction. He shares the impressive art he donated and some other pieces he’s created in November. WOW. Is it too late for us to bid?!!  Oh, and in November, Jeffrey still managed to carve out some free time to volunteer at Hoofbeats to Healing, a local organization that helps childhood rehabilitation through riding horses.  We’re super impressed and honored to award Jeffrey with our scholarship this month! To learn more about Jeffrey and why he stood out to us for the month of November visit his Student Page here!

Want a chance to “GoEnnounce Yourself” and win a scholarship too?  Learn more and enter here!

To all of our previous applicants – don’t worry if you didn’t win this month you still have a chance to be selected next month! Just keep e-nouncing and inviting all of your relatives and friends to follow your education. We choose one student on the 10th of every month.

Good luck.

The GoEnnounce Team

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#SamAbroad – Exploring Paris & Thanksgiving in Prague with Friends

By: Samantha Auerbach

Hi! My name is Sam, and I am a junior at Emory University studying Economics and Mathematics. Currently, I am abroad in Prague, Czech Republic on a CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) program. Throughout the semester I will be sharing my personal experiences with academics in a new setting, the amazing sights Prague offers, cultural differences between Americans and Europeans, and my travels to other countries throughout Europe. Feel free to follow along with my posts on Twitter using the hashtag #SamAbroad.

As I am getting ready to go home in just about two weeks for winter break before returning to school, I have been getting in the holiday spirit in Europe. It can be hard to be away from your family for so long, but luckily I have found fun winter activities here.

In the middle of November I took a trip to Paris; a friend and I who are both studying in the Czech Republic met up with two friends studying in France and Italy. Because of a national holiday commemorating the 25th anniversary of the end of communism in the Czech Republic, I had an extra day off and could extend my trip! After visiting all the touristy attractions, like the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and Montmartre, my friends and I strolled along the streets of Paris. Unexpectedly, we stumbled upon a humongous Christmas market. For hours we tried on handmade jewelry and winter hats, ate crepes and churros, and passed hundreds of the street vendors. After, we went ice-skating at a rink among the markets. This activity was a perfect way to end an amazing day in Paris, and it definitely got me excited for the holidays.

Visiting the Eiffel Tower

Visiting the Eiffel Tower

Browsing jewelry at the Christmas Market

Browsing jewelry at the Christmas Market

Eating Crepes at the Christmas Market

Eating Crepes at the Christmas Market

Just a couple weeks after my trip to Paris, it was already Thanksgiving. This was my first time celebrating the holiday without my family, which made me a little homesick. However, knowing that all my friends were in the same situation made me feel better. And, I was able to find a time to video chat with my family while they were preparing for Thanksgiving dinner. My friends from Emory were visiting Prague that weekend, so I was excited to have dinner with them on Thursday. Some students cooked a feast on their own while others found a price fixe buffet at different hotels or restaurants around the city; my friends and I chose to make a reservation at a casual restaurant. Ironically, the restaurant was only vegetarian, so we did not even eat turkey on Thanksgiving. However, we did devour an apple pie as dessert, so I still felt like I was celebrating the holiday. While I missed some of my family’s traditions, I still had an amazing time celebrating with close friends.

Now, the December holidays are on their way, and Prague has several markets and decorations all over the city. This afternoon I am going to check out the holiday spirit in Old Town! Next time you hear from me I will be back in New York. While I do not want my abroad experience of a lifetime to end, I am looking forward to telling you about my final days here!

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Abroad101 Student of the Week #0031 – Grace Andrews

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This weeks Abroad101 student of the week winner is Grace Andrews from Colorado State University. Grace is a junior who is studying zoology with a minor in conservation biology. She has a love for all animals,  is a member of the zoology club at her school, and her favorite subject is biology. Grace also likes to be outdoors, as she enjoys hiking, biking, running and playing sports. On top of that, she is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society and has made Dean’s List. Grace hopes to eventually get her masters in zoology and travel the world working with animals.

Grace has been given the opportunity to study abroad in Tasmania and work with animals, which we think could not be a better experience for her! She is looking forward to going and has even started a fundraising Mission to help finance some of the cost of her trip. You can check out Grace’s Mission here!

The Abroad101 Student of the Week initiative awards a student who created a Mission for a study abroad program on GoEnnounce with a donation to their fundraiser. Learn more about this partnership from Abroad101 CEO Mark Shay and GoEnnounce co-founder Melissa Davis here.

Stay tuned for our next Abroad101 Student of the Week!

Happy e-nnouncing!

The GoEnnounce Team

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The Best Gift List For Students – 12 Days of Giving @ GoEnnounce

It’s that time of year when the urge to give is in the air! We have been so impressed by all of the giving our hard working students were doing leading up to #GivingTuesday. Now we’ve decided to start of the holiday season off by giving to you!

Starting now through 12pm midnight EST on December 11th, students can enter the 12 Days of Giving @ GoEnnounce for a chance to be gifted with one of these amazing presents!

Beginning December 12th, each day, one student will be selected to receive one of these must-have gifts:

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Chegg – $500 Textbook Scholarship

Chloe + IsabelTresors Toggle Bracelet and 3 Heirloom Initial Charms of your choice!

CoachUp – $200 gift card toward private coaching sessions in any sport (from yoga to football!)

Dormify – $250 Gift Card to Shop @ Dormify.com

Plated – 16 Ready-To-Cook Dinner Kits ($216 Value) from Plated.com – Get ready to unleash your inner chef!

Oak73 – $250 Gift Card to Shop @ Oak73.com

RumbaTime –  Girl or Boy Watch (Gramercy Gem Crystal or Brooklyn Black & Tan)

Soda StreamSodaStream Source Home Sparking Water Maker with 1 extra bottle and assorted syrups

Testive  – 3 Months of Testive SAT/ACT Tutoring ($1047 Value)

Triple C – Portable Power Card Battery Charger and Sound Core Bluetooth Speaker

Upromise  – $250 Scholarship into a Upromise Account 

We think this list makes the ultimate student wish lift how about you?!

So what are you waiting for, ENTER TO WIN already!

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Abroad101 Student of the Week #0030 – Karly Eckes

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This week’s Abroad101 Student of the Week award goes to Karly Eckes, a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Karly is an applied science major who plans on one day becoming a physician assistant. She currently works for Elite Medical Scribes where she is a medical scribe and gaining invaluable experience in the medical field. Once she graduates from UWS, she hopes to move on to a two year program at a PA school.

Karly has been given the opportunity to study abroad in Nicaragua where she will learn about health care in a foreign country. She is also excited to explore a new country and learn about the culture. You can check out Karly’s Mission here!

The Abroad101 Student of the Week initiative awards a student who created a Mission for a study abroad program on GoEnnounce with a donation to their fundraiser. Learn more about this partnership from Abroad101 CEO Mark Shay and GoEnnounce co-founder Melissa Davis here.

Stay tuned for our next Abroad101 Student of the Week!

Happy e-nnouncing!

The GoEnnounce Team

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10 Fun Facts About Thanksgiving

1. A Tradition Is Born

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TV dinners have Thanksgiving to thank. In 1953, someone at Swanson misjudged the number of frozen turkeys it would sell that Thanksgiving — by 26 TONS! Some industrious soul came up with a brilliant plan: Why not slice up the meat and repackage with some trimmings on the side? Thus, the first TV dinner was born!

2. Jingle Bells Was Actually A Thanksgiving Song 

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James Pierpoint wrote the song in 1857 for Thanksgiving. The original title was called ‘One Horse Open Sleigh’ and written for children celebrating Thanksgiving. It was such a big hit that it was sang during Christmas and eventually became known as a Christmas song.

3. Thomas Jefferson Cancelled Thanksgiving

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Starting with George Washington, each president had to declare Thanksgiving a holiday every year. When it was Thomas Jefferson’s turn however, he decided not to make it a holiday. This started in 1801 and lasted through his time as president. He thought the holiday violated separation of church and state.

4. Abraham Lincoln Declared Thanksgiving A Federal Holiday In 1863

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After Jefferson got rid of Thanksgiving, Lincoln brought it back. He even made Thanksgiving a permanent national holiday as president.

5. The Date Of Thanksgiving Was Once Changed To Help The Economy

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt changed the date of Thanksgiving in 1931,1940 and 1941. He moved it from the last Thursday in November to the second to last Thursday in order to increase Christmas sales. Needless to say, sales didn’t increase, which led to Congress declaring it to be on the 4th Thursday in November.

6. A Turkey Was Almost The Country’s National Bird

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If Ben Franklin got what he wanted, the turkey would have been the national bird.  He wrote a letter to his daughter stating that an eagle has bad moral character and the turkey was much more respectable! Many people disagreed with Franklin, so we decided to stick with the eagle.

7. Turkeys Are Doomed From Birth

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There are two kinds of turkeys and only one kind is eaten on Thanksgiving. Wild turkeys are free to roam and only have to watch out for hunters. Domestic turkeys are doomed from birth to be a meat for us to eat. The young ones are even called fryer-roasters and will eventually make their way to your Thanksgiving dinner table.

8. Every Year The President Pardons A Turkey

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Harry Truman was the first president to pardon a turkey for thanksgiving in 1947 though it did not become a tradition until George H.W. Bush in 1989. Now, every year since a turkey is pardoned and then flown to Disneyland to live. They even get to be the lead of the Disneyland Thanksgiving Day Parade. (What exactly is a presidential pardon? It’s when the president forgives/relieves someone of their crimes/duties, so in the turkey’s case – They get saved!)

9. Minnesota Is The Country’s Leading Turkey Producer

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Turkey sales for Thanksgiving add up to 3 billion! Who sells the most turkeys? Minnesota takes the prize with profits from turkey sales being about $800 million each year. People from Minnesota really love their turkeys!

10. Canadians Celebrate Thanksgiving Too

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We’re not the only ones who have a feast to celebrate the fall harvest. Canada participates too except it’s always the second Monday in October. This day isn’t set in stone however and it is common for them to celebrate any day of that week.

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