Abroad101 Student of the Week #0012 – Domi Hodge

This weeks Abroad Student of the Week honor is given to Domi Hodge who is currently a junior at Monroe College and is studying Hospitality Management. She also has her Associates Degree in Culinary Arts. She hopes to use this trip to Italy as way to not only learn about Italian culture but also cuisine from many other countries that will help her achieve her future dreams! 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”!

10 Best Summer Hacks!

These are 10 life hacks that will do nothing but add to your summertime fun!

1. DIY Chipwich

By cutting the top of a pint of ice cream off with a knife, you can make an easy and mess free chipwich. These are great to bring to a friend’s house or just make on a hot summer day.

2. Turn That Bag Of Chips Into A Bowl Of Chips

No more messy chip bags at your next party or picnic. Show this trick off to your friends and make space on the table at the same time

3. Watch Your Lawn Mower Cut The Grass!

Summer is full of free time but it can also be filled with chores – like mowing the lawn. Tie a rope to a lawn mower,  place a poll in the center of the yard and attach the end of the rope to the poll. Awesome!

4. Say Goodbye to Frayed Phone Chargers

Sick of spending all your summer spending money replacing your phone charger? Stop your charger from breaking by placing a spring from a pen around your wire.

5. Have A Picnic With Just A Pizza Box

You no longer worry about bring plates or a box for leftovers. Just tear, fold and enjoy the sun.

6. Use A Straw To Take Out The Stem Of A Strawberry

Take a straw to your berries at home and enjoy your straw-berries on the go! No more sticky fingers and unwanted, messy stems.

7. Finally See What’s In Your Dresser

Sick of digging through your clothes to find anything to wear? Putting your clothes in your dresser vertically lets you see everything so you can look fresh this summer.

8. Eat A Popsicle Mess Free

Your popsicle drool will no longer be tie dying your shirt.

9. Never Have To Untangle Your Headphones Ever Again

Patience is a virtue. Yes! BUT not when you’re spend five minutes untangling your headphones to listen to your favorite summer jam!

10. Don’t Spend Your Summer Scratching

Throw away that smelly bug spray and enjoy a bite free summer. :)

When you try it, post your pics and tag us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Have some life hacks of your own? We’d love to share these too!

Happy “ennouncing”!

Meghan & Melissa from GoEnnounce


Our Faves – In The Running For Our Monthly Scholarship!

This months scholarship winner was selected – Congrats, Navpreet Khabra! We definitely had many other students who did a great job with their Student Pages though too. That’s why this weeks Our Faves are dedicated to some awesome runner-ups. Check out their Student Pages below to check out why they are such stand out students!

Rachel Hargrave

Rachel Hargrave is going to be a senior at Charlotte Latin School. Already a published poet winning many awards, Rachel is on her way to fulfilling one of her goals of having a future career in writing and performing! She is involved in ultimate frisbee as well as theater at her school, which has not only helped motivate her for future these future endeavors but also has shown her what being part of “a true team is”. We think she’s already well on her way to reaching her awesome aspirations, don’t you?

View her Student Page!

Caeley Campbell

Caeley Campbell is a home school student who graduated high school at the age of 16! On top of this amazing feat, she is an avid piano player and has many “ennouncements” of her piano accolades right on her Student Page! Her skills also include being an artist and proving to be a talented author, as she has already published her first book! Caeley sees her future as a teacher while still carrying out her passion of performing piano. She is also a member of the Children of the American Revolution, which is the oldest patriotic youth organizations in the United States. Caeley keep up the hard work!

Visit her Student Page!

Courtney Rollo

Courtney Rollo is a going to be a senior at Missisquoi Valley Union High School and she loves to sing. Her favorite subject is chorus and she is part of the Master Singers Advanced Choir. Although she likes singing, Courtney wants to go on to college and pursue a degree in health. She is already chasing her goal by being a volunteer at her local hospital where she is starting to learn the ropes of healthcare. Cross country as well as track and field are two sports she participates in at school and she is a member of many local groups in her community.

Visit her Student Page!

 Happy “ennouncing”!

Meghan & Melissa from GoEnnounce

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5 Fun Things To Do At The Beach

So its summer and you want to go to the beach, but you also want to not just sit around on the beach and do nothing. Well, there are plenty of things you can do in order to make the most out of any beach trip whether its just for a day or you are going to be there for a entire weekend.

1. Beach Games: Get a Tan and Have Fun At The Same Time

- Cornhole: A great and easy game to play on the beach. Throw beanbags into the otherteams hole for points.

How to DYI – Create a small, slanted area in the sand with a hole near the top. The holes need to be 27ft apart. Then just use some kind of ball or small bag (maybe old hacky sacks you have lying around) to play. Click here for the official rules.

- Ultimate Frisbee: Throw a frisbee down the field in order to reach the end zone (it’s like football meets freeze tag!).

How to DIY – Make a field any size you want with two areas that are endzones and with out of bounds areas. For the rules of the game, click here.

- Ladder Toss: Throw bolas (two balls attached by a rope) at a game ladder. Try to get them to stay on a ring of the ladder for points.

This is one game where you can’t really make it yourself but don’t let that deter you – This game is fun for everyone and you can keep it for summers to come!

2. Relax In The Water Or Catch A Gnarly Wave

One of the best parts of going to the beach is the water and the waves. There’s nothing better than on a hot day going swimming in some cool, refreshing water. But if you are not just content with floating around, there a a few things you can do in the water.

- Body Surfing: A fun and cheap way to enjoy the waves. Simply follow this guide and you will be riding the waves like a pro.

- Surfing: You will need to rent or borrow a board but surfing is a awesome way to spend a day at the beach.

- Paddleboarding: You will also need to borrow or rent one of these. This is a more relaxing and chill thing to do at the beach but a great workout!

3. So You Think You Can Craft: Sea Shell and Sea Glass Edition

One of the things you will find most at the beach besides sunburned people are seashells and sea glass. These can be collected and used to make really awesome and cool crafts, jewelry, and decorations for your current or future dorm room! Check out some ideas on our Pinterest board.

4. Save Some Money And Picnic At The Beach

After all of these activities, you will undoubtedly get hungry at the beach be starving! Beach food can be really expensive or even non existent depending on what beach you are on. Bringing food for a picnic can be a fun activity for you and friends while on the beach. Some food ideas for a picnic are:

- Chips and dip (Guacamole, Salsa, etc.)

- Sandwiches

- Homemade popsicles

- Fresh ice tea or lemonade

For more yummy beach food ideas check out our Pinterest board.

5. End Your Day With An Awesome Bonfire At Sunset

If you find yourself on a beach around sunset and you’re tired but still want to have fun, sitting around a bonfire is a great way to end a great summer day. You can make s’mores and just relax with friends and family. Just make sure you are on a beach where it is allowed and that you are careful around the fire.

Happy “ennouncing”!

Meghan & Melissa from GoEnnounce

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Abroad101 Student of the Week #0011 – Tori Koch

Our Abroad 101 Student of the Week honor goes to Tori Koch from Wake Forest University! She has decided that she wants to study abroad in Italy at the American University of Rome through International Studies Abroad! This ISA program will immerse Tori in the Italian culture and she will gain invaluable educational experiences. 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”!


What’s up with hiding the price tags?


We know, college can be really expensive, and sometimes when we look up the prices, we can never actually get an exact price out of them! It gets confusing and irritating, but our friends at Admitted.ly can help clear up some of those concerns! Take a look at what they have to say about this topic here!

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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Ennouncing Our June Scholarship Winner!

Our “GoEnnounce Yourself” Scholarship 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 his/her GoEnnounce Student Page.  We are pleased to “ennounce” June’s winner…the multi-faceted Navpreet Khabra!

Recent high school graduate from Tennyson High School, Navpreet will be heading to University of California-Santa Barbara this coming fall! During high school, Naverpreet was part of the AVID college readiness program, which has gotten her prepared and excited to tackle her major in Environmental studies at UCSB. She also has an interest in Economics and Statistics, and hopes to explore possible career pathways for those subjects (maybe even double major!).

It seems only fitting that Navpreet wants to major in Environmental Studies, as she is extremely interested in many things involving the outdoors. During high school, she was President and Founder of the Go Green Club, Publicity Representative of the Outdoor Adventure Club, member of the Students In Action Community Service Club, and bike riding is one of her favorite hobbies!

Navpreet loves using her GoEnnounce Student Page and has done a great job keeping all of her Followers  in the loop with what’s going on in her life. She’s been “ennouncing” exciting news such as an internship she secured at the Almeda County Fire Department in their Community Outreach Department, how she’s getting ahead with her college credits by taking online summer courses, a recent community service fundraising event she organized for the Go Green Club, and how her and fellow classmates created a virtual game for their stock market project! Interested in finding out more about Navpreet? Visit her impressive 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 “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.

Meghan & Melissa from GoEnnounce

Abroad101 Student of the Week #0010 – Adrienne Ballreich

Our Abroad 101 Student of the Week honor goes to Adrienne Ballreich from Juniata College! For her junior year in college, Adrienne has been saving up (by working three jobs!) for a year long study abroad trip to Germany. While there, she will study Political Science, while also brushing up on her German. Also, Adrienne just found out that her request to sit in on master’s level courses in Germany was approved by her academic advisor (how cool!). We can all agree that this is a must have experience for Adrienne! You can learn more about Adrienne’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”!


Must Go Places This Summer in NYC!

If taking a vacay is on your radar this summer break, you should definitely consider visiting the city that never sleeps – NYC! Not only does it have the best pizza around, but it has many other attributes as well. Here are some of the activities that people from the Big Apple partake in, maybe you can too!
1. Take a selfie on the Brooklyn Bridge
One of the great things about the Brooklyn Bridge is that it’s free and it has a great view of the city! A lot of people like to walk across the bridge, some others like to bike. What ever your preference, get up there and see the city from a new perspective! And while you’re up there make sure to take a selfie!
2. Visit the MoMA
A great thing about the Museum of Modern Art is that it has a huge collection of paintings and art pieces that you might just have a taste for! Not to mention they have a student discount!
3. Eat lunch on the steps of The MET
Try living like Gossip GIrl stars Serena and Blair and have your lunch on the steps of the MET one day instead of on a table.
4. Maybe dip your fingers in some Wax?
Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum is a sight everyone should see at least once in their life. Plus it will give you the chance to get a picture with your favorite celebrity!
5. Visit the Zoo! 
Summertime is the best time for people to visit the zoo because you have a big opportunity to see more animals! In the winter time, a lot of them are indoors and not seen, but in the summertime , they are all out to play!
Whether you are in New York, California, Michigan, or even London there are definitely places like these you can visit to enjoy the summer! Plan a day with some friends and start exploring!
Happy “ennouncing”!

Abroad101 Student of the Week #0009 – Marina Foster

Our Abroad101 Student of the Week honor goes to rising high school junior Marina Foster from Texas. At the end of July, Marina will be traveling to Costa Rica to volunteer at Proyecto Asis, an animal rescue center, in the county of San Carlos. For two weeks, Marina will live with a host family and volunteer eight hours a day at the rescue center cleaning and building cages, feeding animals, and taking part in animal surgery, all the while strengthening her Spanish speaking skills. Marina plans to attend college and pursue a career in design and lead an adventerous life of travel. You can learn more about Marina’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”!