Abroad101 Student of the Week #0020 – Emily Grace

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This week’s Abroad101 Student of the Week Honor is given to Emily Grace, a true humanitarian and a senior at the University of St. Francis. Emily is majoring in nursing with a minor in Spanish. Having already participated in several volunteer mission trips in high school and college, Emily is devoted to helping people from all walks of life.  During high school she traveled to assist Hurricane Katrina victims and then again to help individuals living in the impoverished town of Hopkins Park, IL.  During the summer of 2012, in college, Emily traveled to Sucre, Bolivia to work with individuals in the local daycare centers, hospitals, and orphanages. Then the following spring break, she went to Biloxi, Mississipi to once again assist hurricane victims.

Now Emily has been accepted to an International Service Learning Program, to provide nursing care to poverty-stricken populations in Belize. She will travel there this December and is looking for some assistance to help her get there.  Learn more about this incredibly admirable study abroad trip 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 “ennouncing”!

The GoEnnounce Team

Top 5 Tips for School Picture Day

You can bet that college admissions offices will check out your Facebook, Twitter, and GoEnnounce accounts before they accept you. So what better way to make a great impression than by uploading your most professional, and dashing, picture to your social media accounts? School pictures are the perfect opportunity for you to receive a great-looking and professional photographs of yourself. Here a few tips so you can make the most of your school pictures:

1. Plan your outfit the day before! Make sure that your clothes match your skin tone, eye, and hair color. Don’t wear loud colors or distracting patterns that might draw the eye away from your face. Don’t be this guy.

Snake Boy2. Practice your pose and makeup! Look at a mirror and decide what angle you look best from, which smile is the most natural, and what hairstyle is the most flattering.

bad hair girl3. Go to bed early the night before. Bags under your eyes can easily ruin your picture. And with a good nights sleep you can get up a little earlier to make sure your outfit and makeup are perfect. Should you need to make alterations, you’ll have plenty of time.

sleeingpatrick4. For all the boys out there, don’t turn your yearbook photo into a joke! Sure it might be tempting for you and all your friends to strike the same funny pose, but you don’t want to squander an opportunity for what is practically a professional head-shot. giphy5. Upload your picture to GoEnnounce so you can show off to your family, friends, and, most importantly, the admission officers at the colleges you want to get into!

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Happy “ennouncing”!

The GoEnnounce Team

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#SamAbroad – Studying Abroad in Prague

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. 

After taking off in New York and switching planes in London, I was exhausted when I arrived in Prague last week. I had a great traditional Czech welcome dinner with my new classmates before heading back to my dorm to rest before my first day of orientation. It was definitely difficult to adjust to the six-hour time difference!

The Vltava River at sunset right by my dorm.

The Vltava River at sunset right by my dorm.

The first few days of my orientation I learned about culture shock. Czechs are very different from Americans; they are much more reserved. I not only need to accept the Czech’s different character, but I also need to adapt to their much smaller coffees and confusing transportation system. I will also be learning their language throughout the fall semester.

So far, I know some simple Czech phrases, like “Dobry den,” which means “Hello.” Over the next two weeks I will be attending “Intensive Czech” class. After this course I hope to be able to order food in restaurants and ask people for directions in Czech.

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Even though it has only been a week since I arrived in Prague, I have taken advantage of my time thus far and have already seen many major sights. One of my new Czech buddies took a group and me to the John Lennon wall and led us to the Prague Castle, which overlooks the city. I also happened to stumble upon a local farmer’s market, a few delicious gelato stands, and some authentic shops. Everywhere I go, I am amazed by what the city has to offer.

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I look forward to telling you about more of my adventures to come! Stay tuned for my next post and follow #SamAbroad on GoEnnounce and Twitter!

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Abroad101 Student of the Week #0019 – Asheley Buchwalter

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This week’s Abroad101 Student of the Week Honor is given to Asheley Buchwalter who is a sophomore at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Asheley is majoring in both psychology and criminology. She plans on attending graduate school where she hopes to specialize in treating victims of traumas. Asheley wants to go abroad to United Arab Emirates so that she can take special courses not offered at her school. Not only will these credits be factored into her dual baccalaureate, they will also help her pursue her dream of receiving her doctorate in clinical psychology! You can learn more about Asheley’s 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 “ennouncing”!

The GoEnnounce Team

Ennouncing Our August Scholarship Winner!

 

Rachel being presented with her scholarship award at school!

Rachel being presented with her scholarship award at school during a presentation on the morning of September 10th! From left – Dean of Students, Hunter Murphy; Head of Upper School, Lawrence Wall; Rachel; and Rachel’s parents, Deb and Mike Hargrave

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 “ennouncement” updates with Followers on their GoEnnounce Student Page. We’re thrilled to “ennounce” August’s winner…the incredibly creative and already prolific Rachel Hargrave!

As a senior at Charlotte Latin School, Rachel is a leader in over six different school clubs and organizations, including A Capella, Creative Writing, Slam Poetry, Improv, Discourse, Book, International Thespians Club, and Ultimate Frisbee. Topping it all off, she is currently directing, acting, and singing in not one, not two, but three different performances this semester!

Although Rachel is currently undecided on what University she would like to attend, in August she visited the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Elon University, and North Carolina State University. In order to help her achieve the goal of going to college, Rachel has been published in New Jersey’s Live Poets Society anthologies and in Scholastic’s The Best of Teen Poetry 2013. Rachel is also the recipient of the National Scholastics Silver Medal & Regional Scholastics Gold Key.

But while Rachel may not know which college she will attend, she is already certain that she will major in English and minor in chorus. Rachel plans on using her major and minor to pursue a wide range of careers, which extend from poet and novelist to actress and singer. Rachel has used her GoEnnounce page to showcase her various passions, and in August alone she posted about literature, Ultimate Frisbee, A Capella, service projects, and creative writing. And that’s only naming a few. Read more about Rachel’s success at her student page!

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 “ennouncing” and inviting all of your relatives and friends to follow your education. We choose one student on the 10th of every month.

Good luck.

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How to Receive the Perfect Letters of Recommendation for College

letter of recomendSchool is back in session, and that means it’s time for high school seniors to begin planning college application essays, SAT classes, college visits, and all the rest. But did you know that letters of recommendation are one of the most overlooked, and important, aspects of the college application? Waiting until a week before an application is due to ask a teacher for a recommendation is guaranteed to annoy the teacher, and will probably reduce the quality of the letter! Thankfully our friends at Admittedly have you covered! Check out their tips here on how and when to get the perfect letter of recommendation. And don’t forget that your GoEnnounce page is a great way to show off all your skills and activities to your teachers!

Admittedly is the ultimate online college advisory platform for high school students, their parents, and guidance counselors that is leveling the playing field for students at all budgets. We provide tools for students in 8th through 12th grade that are timely and relevant, and early enough to make an impact on improving students’ chances of admission.

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#Abroad101 Student of the Week #0018 – Sam Smith

Screen Shot 2014-09-04 at 4.53.52 PM This weeks Abroad101 Student of the Week Honor is given to Sam Smith, who is a third year student at Ohio State University.  Sam is majoring in Strategic Communication and minoring in Spanish for Business.  Her future plans involve an international career in public relations, so perfecting her spanish speaking skills is very important to her!  To help her reach this goal – Sam will be studying abroad next spring in Madrid, Spain to study in a Spanish Language, Liberal Arts, and Business ISA program at the Universidad Antonio de Nebrija. Sam has been studying Spanish for almost 9 years and can’t wait for the opportunity to test her fluency and experience the culture.  Check out her 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 “ennouncing”!

Meghan & Melissa from GoEnnounce

 

#HowladerAbroad – Studying Abroad in Jordan

By: Howlader Nashara

I’m Howlader, a third year Arabic Studies major studying at the American University in Washington D.C, and I am spending my fall semester taking classes and interning in the beautiful country of Jordan. Through GoEnnounce, I will be sharing stories, insights, and advice about my time here. Feel free to follow along with my posts on Twitter using the hashtag #HowladerAbroad.

My journey getting here was really, really long since the friend I was traveling with and I decided to book a ticket that had two very long layovers. Our logic was that we would go out and see a city and then be back in time for our next flight! The first stop was in Zurich, Switzerland and it is a beautiful place (albeit very expensive). We enjoyed spending our day there and after our second flight, we were in Vienna, Austria. By this time, we had been traveling for nearly 24 hours and were exhausted. Sleeping in an airport or on planes is very romantic in theory, but in practice is pretty awful. Upon arriving in Vienna, we discovered that it was raining, and it was nighttime, so we spent the majority of our 12 hours in the airport instead of going out. Vienna’s airport is hands down the best airport I have ever been to because they have couches at all the gates specifically for sleeping (which, especially by this time, we were very grateful for). I would definitely recommend capitalizing on your journey by scheduling a layover to see a new place, but learn from my mistake and only take one stop! Two is definitely an overload and you might (you will) regret it.

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Even though that feels like it was ages ago, Ive only been away from home for a week now, and actually in Jordan for about 5 days. I’m studying with CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) at the Jordanian Institute of Diplomacy in Amman. Along with taking two language classes and two area studies courses, I’m also participating in the organizational internship program. I will be working with WeekdayRx Consulting, a non-profit organization that works to come up with creative solutions for today’s businesses. They are based in Seattle and Amman, and the work here in Amman is primarily associated with humanitarian causes. My job for the semester will be to implement Girl Scout programs for girls in Amman, and if you’ve spoken to me at all, I am really, really excited about this.

Additionally, I’m living in a homestay. Two summers ago I decided to take courses at the Arabic Language Institute of Fes in Morocco. There, I lived with a host family for the first time and loved it, so I decided to do it again! It is a uniquely valuable experience to live with people native to the country you’re studying in, because not only do your language skills improve dramatically through constant practice, but it also gives you an insight into how your host culture views you and the world. My roommate and I are so grateful about how kind and considerate our family has been to us these past few days. I have consistently lucked out because I’ve heard plenty of homestay horror stories, and so far, both of mine have been wonderful. I would recommend homestays to all study abroad students that have the option to do so!

It’s hard to believe I have four more months in this beautiful country with the most beautiful people. I’m constantly asked why I decided to go to the Middle East and whether I’m afraid of it, but as nontraditional of a study abroad destination as this is, I feel fine. It’s much more difficult culture to adapt to but the payoff is totally worth it (look at the pictures and you’ll understand). I’m excited to share my insights on this, interning abroad, my homestay, and more in the coming few months! In the meantime, enjoy some pictures of Roman Citadel and Amphitheater in Amman!

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Ma’salaama (Bye!) for now and stay tuned for my next post and follow #HowladerAbroad on GoEnnounce and Twitter!

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Top Tips for Living in a Dorm

1. Be prepared for no privacy – Chances are, the days of going to your room to be alone are over.  Yes –  your roommate can now hear everything you are talking about!  If you want some privacy, curtains can be an effective way to close off your bed or desk area like this.

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2. Set rules and limits with your roommate – This will be the best way to making sure you are both on the same page with things like sleeping habits,  ‘OK’ hours for TV and music, and overnight guests.  If you and your roommate chat about this stuff at the beginning of the year, it will avoid conflicts down the line.

3. Get to know your RA – Remember, your RA is a student too, and not a police officer trying to get you in trouble.  He or she is there to help. They’ve probably been through the same things you’re going through —  being homesick, getting lost on campus, roommate conflicts, etc. and they’ve also received special training to support you this year.

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4.  Helpful personal items to consider – Earplugs, your own lighting (for your desk or a clip on light for your bed), shower shoes, and a shower caddy are some must haves that will make living in your new shared quarters much more manageable .

5. Learn the eating options available to you  – Obviously you should know your dining hall hours, but you will also want to know what your nearby food and delivery options are for early mornings or all those late night study sessions.

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6. Find the right time to do laundry –  Most people are going to be doing laundry on Sunday evenings and the odds of you getting an empty machine are unlikely.  Try to find a morning or afternoon when you have a break in your classes to get your laundry done when the machines will be less crowded.

7. Be respectful of others living around you –  Be aware that your roommate has to look at your bed, desk and floor every day too. You don’t have to be super clean but try not to be super messy.  Also, remember that you’re not only sharing a space with your roommate but you have neighbors all around you.  You might want the people in your hall to become your friends, so try not to be too disruptive.

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Happy “ennouncing”!

Meghan & Melissa from GoEnnounce

Abroad101 Student of the Week #0017 – Veronica Sniezek

This week, our Abroad101 “Student of the Week” winner is Veronica Sniezek. Veronica is a junior at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and is majoring in theatre (theatrical design). She wants to go abroad to London, England to study theatre at what could be considered one of the best places for it in the world! She has been accepted into an ISA (International Studies Abroad) program where she will be attending Queen Mary’s University of London and taking classes on theatre design, theatre management, and theatre topics of the modern world. This study abroad trip to London is such a great experience for Veronica because it will be a monumental first step to achieving her dream of becoming a costume designer in London. Check out Veronica’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 “ennouncing”!