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! 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”!

 

GoEnnounce #PayMyTuitionChallenge

Instagram and Twitter are lighting up with students’ #PayMyTuitionChallenge. Piggybacking on the incredibly inspiring global success of the ALS #IceBucketChallenge, students are now asking the wealthiest to contribute to their college expenses with the #PayMyTuitionChallenge. Since GoEnnounce is dedicated to helping students achieve their dreams, we could’t help but take note. We know that soaring student debt is a national epidemic and a problem that’s not going away. Students, we feel you and want to empower you take this challenge one step further! Follow these steps to participate in our #PayMyTuitionChallenge and receive your first donation from us!

Step 1 – Create a fundraising Mission for your tuition on GoEnnounce (see how here).

Step 2 – Nominate your mentors, relatives, and even former teachers to contribute by singing this tuition based rendition of the Destiny’s Child song ‘Bills, Bills, Bills‘. Make sure to tag us on Twitter (@GoEnnounce) with your #PayMyTuitionChallenge video  and GoEnnounce fundraising Mission page challenging your mentors. Let’s be serious, the celebrities you’re tagging are probably unlikely to donate to your tuition but the people you are closest to might!

To kick off this campaign we are going to show our L.O.V.E. by donating $50 to the first 10 students who challenge their mentors with a tuition rendition of ‘Bills, Bills, Bills‘, tagging @goennounce on Twitter with the #PayMyTuitionChallenge and a link to your fundraising Mission for tuition!

P.S. Here’s a tip on how to have a successful fundrasing Mission for tuition on GoEnnounce – Make sure you’re using your GoEnnounce Student Page to show off what an awesome student you are to inspire other to help you achieve your academic goals! Here’s a few students who’ve already started: Anastasia’s fundraising Mission: Help Pay for College, Stacy’s fundraising Mission: Help with Tuition.

 Happy “ennouncing”!

Meghan & Melissa from GoEnnounce

 

Abroad101 Student of the Week #0016 – Ally Glickman

This weeks Abroad 101 Student of the Week is Ally Glickman currently a junior at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She is a physiology/education major who was accepted to the CIS study abroad program in Thailand. She wants to be able to use the experiences she gains while abroad to her teaching career in the future. Another awesome fact –  Ally wants to volunteer at a rescue shelter for elephants while in Thailand! 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”!

5 Must Have Dorm Items!

Our friends at DormCo have created this list below of their top 5 dorm must haves!  Dorm Co is a cool site where you can purchase all the dorm necessities that fit your style. They have tons of options on bedding, furniture, organizers, and much more.  Our favorite thing about the site – shipping on ANYTHING is only $2.95!!!  And guess what – you can win a gift card here.

By: Kerri Linsenbigler – DormCo.com

When moving in to a dorm for the first time, it’s amazing how much stuff you actually need to live comfortably. Between bedding and storage and school supplies, the price tag for dorm stuff can seem dauntingly high. But there is hope for your wallet. I’ve rounded up five dorm essentials, all for under $50.

1. Memory Foam Topper

A good night’s rest is the most important thing to a college student. That flimsy, uncomfortable, school-provided mattress just won’t do if you want to sleep well. While some mattress topper can run upwards of $100, DomrCo’s two-inch thick Gel-Infused Memory Foam Twin XL Topper is only $39.99.

2. Desk Bookshelf

With limited furniture in a dorm room, your desk might double as extra storage space and seating in addition to being a study space. When it’s time to get to work and finish that paper, you’ll need to have clutter-free desk. A desk bookshelf, like DormCo’s Classic Dorm Desk Bookshelf ($39.99), gives you plenty of space to do your work and store your school supplies.

3. Extra Seating

Dorm rooms are extremely small, meaning there is barely any seating. If you invite a few friends over for a movie or to get ready for a night out, someone might end up sitting on the floor if you’re not prepared. This Comfort Padded Moon Chair ($46.93) is the best of both worlds.  It folds flat so it can be stored away when you don’t need it, but provides comfy extra seating when you do.

4. Dorm Room Rug

Dorm room floors are cold, old and, let’s face it, not very clean. A cozy rug not only adds style to your dorm, it also protects your feet from that dorm floor. Rugs can be expensive, but you don’t have to shell out your entire paycheck to add a little comfort to your dorm. DormCo has dozens of rugs for less than $40, including the College Plush Rug ($34.59).

5. Storage Trunk

A trunk is the perfect accessory for any new college student. Not only is it helpful for move-in day, but it can also be used for storage or seating all year long. But you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on this dorm essential. The Classic Red College Trunk comes with a built-in key lock and plenty of space to store your stuff. The best part? It’s only $39.99!

Like what you see? Enter our #GoDormDecor giveaway to win a gift card from DormCo here!

Happy shopping!

Meghan & Melissa from GoEnnounce

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Upromise by Sallie Mae and GoEnnounce “Ennounce” Monthly Scholarship Campaign to Help Students Pay for College

Cape Coral, FL Student Awarded $500 As First Recipient of Fund

August 19th, 2014 (New York, New York) –With back-to-school season gearing up, Upromise, the college savings rewards service offered by Sallie Mae, and GoEnnounce, the social platform where students track educational achievements and fundraise for goals, are partnering to help students pay for college.

The “GoEnnounce Yourself” monthly scholarship, sponsored by Upromise will award one student per month $500 for sharing school related updates via their GoEnnounce Student Page which is an academic and extracurricular social network. Scholarship recipients will then have the opportunity to deposit their award into an eligible Upromise  account.

“Upromise encourages families to save for their higher education goals, and we are very excited to offer these scholarships with GoEnnounce as another way for students to receive money towards college,” said Erin Condon, vice president, Upromise by Sallie Mae. “Many families share the dream of higher education, so we are always looking to help them earn free money to prepare for those dreams.”

The first recipient for July is Branden Pearson, a sophomore at Oasis Charter School in Cape Coral, Florida.

While Branden is undecided where he wants to go to school, his choice will represent his passion and dedication towards computers and technology. To help him get there, Branden has not only joined many clubs and kept his GPA up (currently at 4.0); he’s already acing AP exams (he just “ennounced” his AP History score) and he’s a super star volunteer.

In July he shared ‘ennouncements’ that showcased his efforts at a bake sale and car wash with his Model United Nations club, the hours he spent at a local food shelter with Key Club, how he planted 20 trees around his high school campus with his Environmental Club, and his new status as an American Red Cross Youth Volunteer.

GoEnnounce chooses a winner each month based on their student-related ‘ennouncements’. To have ‘ennouncements’ considered a user must have a completed and active profile. The user is selected by a GoEnnounce team.

“In a time with inflated college tuitions and soaring student debt, our monthly scholarship campaign not only brings awareness to the importance of saving for college but puts the wheels in motion,” said Melissa Davis, the Co-Founder of GoEnnounce. “We’re excited about this scholarship because it’s also the beginning of a larger partnership with Upromise. Soon, students will be able to integrate their Upromise accounts directly to their GoEnnounce Student Pages to further kickstart their college savings.”

Currently, students are able to receive monetary gift ‘rewards’ when they share an ennouncement with their followers (relatives and mentors) via their GoEnnounce Student Page.   Student followers will soon be able to send a ‘reward’ directly into a Upromise account.

Aside from being a student fundraising platform, GoEnnounce also gives students of all ages a place to tell their educational stories, including sharing achievements, projects, and goals. Students begin to create their “digital legacy” in a safe environment that provides mentorship at the same time.

“At GoEnnounce, our goal is to give students a voice and empower them to take control of their education. We’re ecstatic that Upromise feels the same way,” said Davis.

About GoEnnounce:

GoEnnounce is a social platform for students to share their educational stories or fundraise with the family, friends and mentors who can help them reach their academic goals. It is a safe way for students to ‘ennounce’ and track achievements and projects to get the encouragement and financial help they need to succeed. All students’ school and extracurricular updates are saved in a social e-portfolio environment. A student’s followers can provide mentorship by responding with likes, comments or rewards. To learn more, visit: http://www.GoEnnounce.com.

About Upromise:

Upromise by Sallie Mae is free to join and members have earned nearly $850 million in cash back for college. Hundreds of companies have joined forces to help families save money for college through everyday purchases, online shopping, booking travel, or dining out. Rewards can be invested in a 529 college savings plan, used to help pay down an eligible student loan, deposited into a Sallie Mae High Yield Savings Account or requested by check.

#Go2College Twitter Chat Recap

The first year of college can be extremely nerve-racking. Trust us, we’ve been there. Our #Go2college Twitter Chat has helpful answers from experts to common questions about starting your freshman year! Missed out on our #Go2College Twitter Chat today? Don’t worry, we’ve got it all right here for you!

Enjoy this Twitter Chat? Be on the look out for information about our next one!

Become A GoEnnounce Brand Ambassador

GoEnnounce is NYC based startup that provides students with a fun and easy platform to share their educational story with friends and family. We are searching for awesome Brand Ambassador Interns who want real life marketing experience from a rapid growing tech company without ever leaving school! We provide the option to earn school credit if your university offers it. You will also earn rewards by completing weekly marketing and social media tasks!

About You:

We’re looking for motivated, high-energy college or high school students to be a part of our flexible Brand Ambassador program and help expand our brand recognition among students and organizations at your school.

Qualifications:

- Strong oral and written communication skills

- Naturally social with active personal social networks (i.e., active Twitter and

Facebook accounts with a strong following)

- Interest in Tech and Start-Up culture

- Self-motivated and a self-starter who works well independently and in a team setting

Perks:

- Custom GoEnnounce Swag

- Great too add to your resume

- Recommendations from GoEnnounce management team

- Learn how to strategize and implement marketing campaigns

- Gain valuable knowledge on start-ups

Examples of Current Brand Ambassadors

1) A few of our Brand Ambassadors from Oasis High School gave presentations on how to use the GoEnnounce site as well as all of its awesome features.

2) A GoEnnounce ambassador provides a finals study break program that helps students unwind. There was also pizza!

Interested in becoming a GoEnnounce Brand Ambassador? Send us an email at campusrep@goennounce.com and tell us why you want to join our team. You can even follow our Brand Ambassador Facebook Page. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Meghan & Melissa from GoEnnounce

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Abroad101 Student of the Week #0015 – Ronald Hobbs

This weeks Abroad101 Student of the Week Honor is given to Ronald Hobbs who is a rising senior at Purdue University Calumet. Ronald is a history major who aspires to become a curator or a preservation technician. He will be in France for the entire fall semester and will be studying the French language, culture, sand history. This is Ronald’s first time out of the United States! Check out his 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”!

Top #BackToSchool Fashion Looks!

It’s that time of the year when we start seeing back to school commercials. And you know what that means, its time to go shopping for new clothes. But with so many different looks to choose from, you might not know what you want. Well, we got you covered with a list of fashion trends for guys and girls that are SO in right now!

Girls Fashion:

1. Graphic Tees

Whether your top has a music quote, a fun saying, or your favorite city – Graphic tees are always comfortable and totally in right now! They can be worn with jeans or shirts for a more casual look, or they can be paired with a high waisted skirt for a more feminine feel. You can find some stylish graphic tees from Urban Outfitters.

2. Chambray & Flannels

Chambray shirts, otherwise known as denim button downs, and flannels are perfect layering pieces for fall. Chambrays are sophisticated and versatile; you can wear them buttoned up or open to show off a tank or tee. If you haven’t heard, plaid is back in! Flannels are great when the temperatures too cold for just a tee but not chilly enough for a jacket. Tip – Tying plaid around your waist looks super cute! Gap and Forever 21 are two of our favorite places to shop for chambrays and flannels.

3. Chunky Sweaters

A chunky sweater is a back-to-school must have. Oversized sweaters are not only comfortable, but they are also extremely stylish! You can make your outfit more interesting by wearing bright colors, stripes, or even cutouts. And, it’s always important to add your own personal flair, by accessorizing with necklaces or headbands. Get you own chunky sweater from H&M here!

Guys Fashion:

1. Pull Over Hoodies

Back to school means that fall weather is coming. There is no better way to stay warm on those chilly nights then a light pull over sweater. On top of keeping you warm, they also look great. A sweater and new nike shoes will make you look awesome. PacSun has some nice pullover hoodies that you can find here!

2. Collared Shirts

You want to make an impression on people when heading back to school and rocking a nice collared shirt will do exactly that. With the rolled up sleeve look, you will definitely stand out from the rest. Check out our go-to collared shirts here from H&M.

 3. Nike SB Shoes

You always want to have the best and most popular footwear on the first day of school. Nike SB’s are the shoes that finish off any outfit! You can either buy these from a local athletic store or customize your own shoes here!

With these staple pieces in your wardrobe, you will go back to school looking good and impressing all your classmates. Have any other fashion tips for other students that we didn’t mention? Let us know!

In the spirit of #backtoschool shopping – We’ve teamed up with our friends Eric + Lani for an awesome #GoFallFashion giveaway.Just enter your email here and you could be one of the three lucky recipients of this trendy outfit!

Have any other fashion tips for other students that we didn’t mention? Let us know!

Happy “ennouncing”!

Meghan & Melissa from GoEnnounce

What EVERY College Freshmen Should Know: #GO2College Twitter Chat

Getting psyched for your freshman year of college yet?! Although you might not want to admit it, you’re probably starting to get a little overwhelmed too, because it’s going to be so different, and SO soon!!!

Don’t worry, we’ve been there and know that preparing for this new chapter in your life can seem like a daunting task. To help, we’ve curated an awesome group of college advice experts to fill you in on EVERYTHING you should know to make you feel confident about your freshman year. We will be covering everything from how to budget, joining greek life or other orgs, managing life with a roommate, what size bedding you will need, and more. We will also be taking any questions you might have running through your head!

Join us this Thursday, at 1pm EST by using the hashtag #GO2College to follow the conversation and ask your own questions too!

Here are all the deets:

What: Advice for EVERY incoming college freshman.

Who will be joining:  Incoming College Freshmen & A Curated Group of Experts. Our experts include – Admittedly, The Edge in College Prep, Lily Herman (Co-Founder of @TheProspectBlog & contributor to @HerCampus & @USATodayCollege), and a group of Student Experts who have already learned what not do the hard way!

When: Thursday August 14th, 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST

Where: Twitter, #GO2College (use this # to follow along and ask questions)

Why: To get you as prepared and feeling as confident as possible for your first day of college!

How to join a Twitter Chat: Not sure what a Twitter chat is or how to participate? Trust us, it’s really easy! Click here to learn how to follow the conversation and join in!

We can’t wait to chat with you!

The GoEnnounce Team