Fastweb's Student Contributors series allows you to gain insight on important student topics as your peers experience student life. Discover, learn from and relate to articles written by students of all ages, from high school to graduate school, which share first-hand encounters with student issues that matter most to you. Get to know each of this year's contributors below!
Arianne Amparo

Arianne Amparo, College Freshman

Arianne is a freshman at the University of California, Berkeley. She plans on majoring in English with hopes of either pursuing a career in writing or editing, or attending law school after completing her undergraduate education.

She is looking forward to living in Berkeley and immersing herself in the rich cultural history of the Bay Area. While in college, she wishes to get involved with as many clubs and organizations as she can, as well as get the opportunity to spend a semester abroad.

Arianne has a passion for writing, art, and politics, and currently spends most of her free time either catching up on world news or reading and writing. A few of the things she loves doing include journaling, swimming (both competitively and recreationally), browsing through used bookstores, spending time with friends and family, and watching stand-up comedy.


Managing Stress during College Application Season
Surviving Homesickness
Staying Healthy during Finals Week
New Semester Resolutions

Ashley Cheak

Ashley Cheak, High School Senior

Ashley is a senior at Stivers School for the Arts in Dayton, Ohio. She enjoys writing, as well as performing. While studying Creative Writing there, Ashley is also working on her Associate's in Communication at Sinclair Community College.

In the future, she would like publish a poetry and/or fiction book.

On top of writing, Ashley also has a strong interest in photography, and would like to do photo journalism to help get involved with the media. Over the summer, she attended Interlochen Center of the Arts and developed an even fonder love of the editing process. In the past, she has helped host and organize art events, and has also collaborated with fellow artists. She has an array of interests, but definitely sees writing and communication there.


Avoid Being an Overwhelmed Senior!
Fall is Fantastic! Here's Why...
Common App Tips & Recommendations
Balancing Out the Work Week
A Reminder to Give Back during the Holidays
The Mental & Physical Benefits of a New Semester
Waiting to Hear from Colleges
Why Communication is Key in College Planning

Nanda Dyssou

Nanda Dyssou, Grad Student

Nanda Dyssou is a first year MFA candidate at the University of California in Riverside. She is completing the Masters in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts program, specializing in fiction. She is of Congolese and Hungarian origin and grew up in Budapest. In the spring of 2016 she graduated summa cum laude from UCR with a BA in Creative Writing and decided to return to her alma mater to complete work on her first novel and a short story collection. She works as a regular contributor to Locale Magazine and a number of her essays are forthcoming in The Encyclopedia of Racism in American Cinema (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017).

When she is not on campus, writing, or reading Nanda enjoys going to the theatre, attending food festivals, planning parties, and baking healthy treats for her family and friends. She occasionally blogs at


How to "Master" Dressing Well on a Budget: Part 1
How to "Master" Dressing Well on a Budget: Part 2
The Perfect Grad Student Wardrobe Staples for Women
The Perfect Grad Student Wardrobe Staples for Men
5 Things You Learn in Your First Month of Graduate School
7 Rude Behaviors You Might Be Engaging In During Class & Not Even Know It
5 Practical Tips to Help You Beat Impostor Syndrome

Coggin Galbreath

Coggin Galbreath, High School Senior

Coggin Galbreath is a senior at the Geneva School in Boerne, Texas, where he does a lot of things, ranging from national debate to community theater (and also some stuff in between, like macaronage, costume design, illustration, and orchid cultivation). He is a novelist, short-story, writer, and essayist, published in multiple literary journals and recognized by the San Antonio and Texas Book Festivals. In his free time, he teaches Shakespeare and art to kids, leads worship at his church's youth group, and hosts a Bad Book Club for disgraceful works of YA fiction that would never be read otherwise


The Art of the College Spreadsheet (You NEED This)
Marketing Me: Making an Impression on Admissions
Oh, the Places You'll Go: The Ins and Outs of International Applications

India Miraglia

India Miraglia, High School Senior

India is a senior at Paul V. Moore High School. She is dedicated to academics and loves learning, especially about politics, history, and social issues. Her favorite way to spend her free time is reading and writing. She plans to study journalism in college and is interested in being a political journalist or analyst.

India believes that writing can have a huge impact on the world while making lives better. She wants to develop her skills so her writing can help create a strong future.

One cause she feels passionate about is animal welfare. She has worked with various rescues, promoted petitions, and wrote to the White House to stop wolf killings. Her family owned a rescue which saved hundreds of dogs. She has many pets at home, including her own dog Sammi, a lab mix.

When not busy India is baking, cooking (she’s a vegetarian!), running, or watching her favorite shows (fandoms for life!).

She is in National Honors Society, DECA, Character Education, and Foreign Language Club. As a member of her school’s exchange program, she has worked with other districts to end racism and promote diversity. India is an editor for her school’s newspaper, the Crimson Talon.


6 College Factors You May Forget to Consider (But Shouldn't)
Stress Relief for Students
Building an Impressive High School Resume
The Importance of Recommendation Letters
3 Easy, Efficient & Effective Study Tips
Overcoming Senioritis
Why It’s Important to Add Volunteer Work to Your Resume
College Visits 101

McKenzie Nevins

McKenzie Nevins, College Sophomore

Kenzi Nevins is a small-town Kentucky native and a sophomore at Taylor University. She's a professional writing major and theatre minor with a dream of becoming a novelist someday.

For the first semester of her freshman year she studied abroad in Ireland, which was definitely a life-long dream come true!

Kenzi has accidentally become something of a tea connoisseur - she blames it on Ireland and her job in a tea parlor last summer. And we all know what useful skill that is...right?

When she isn't acting, singing, drinking tea or going without shoes (seriously), she writes pretty much all the time. She's just begun to get her first taste of the professional publishing world - and she couldn't be more excited!

One of the biggest lessons she's learned in college so far is that she'll always want travel to be a huge part of her life.


Life Lessons for When the Unexpected Happens
Finals: Make a Study Plan Now & Avoid Cramming Later
Ideas for Your Best Winter Break Yet
Second Semester Motivational Tips
Spring Break Safety Tips
Help! I Can't Stand My Professor
Prepping for College Over the Summer
Should Friends Become Roommates?
5 Ways Studying Abroad Will Change Your Life
Dealing with Homesickness in College
Adjusting to Life in the Dorms
Smooth Your Transition: Heading Home from College
What to Pack for Holiday Break
In Defense of "Impractical" Majors
What's a Minor & How Do I Choose One?
Questions to Ask Current College Students
Guide to Packing for Study Abroad
Preparing for Change: Heading Home for the Summer
Taking a Gap Year: Benefits & Risks
A Quick Glance at Alternative College Options
Developing Leadership Skills
A College Student's Gratitude List
The Benefits of J-Term
How to Get Involved on Campus during the Winter Months
Student Stress Busters

Tunika Onnekikami

Tunika Onnekikami, College Freshman

Tunika is a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania. She enjoys writing and meeting new people. Though she is not yet sure what she wants to study, she knows that she wants to be able to write and work with others after graduation.

Though she enjoys many sports, Tunika is a runner and sprints for Penn’s track and field team. She is excited to explore all of the clubs and activities of university and is sure that they will all keep her busy during her first year.

When she does have free time, Tunika can be found writing or spending time with her friends.


5 Collegiate Recruitment Tips for Student Athletes
Conquering the First Six Weeks of College
Recruiting & Hosting Etiquette

Ashley Paskill

Ashley Paskill, College Senior

Ashley Paskill is a (super) senior at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, majoring in journalism. She earned her associate degree in music from Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. Ashley hopes to use her passions for both music and writing to be a music journalist. Her dream job is writing for Rolling Stone magazine!

In her free time, Ashley likes spending time with her friends and family, singing in her church choir, and doing crafts. Her favorite musicians include Hall and Oates and Chris Tomlin. Ashley's favorite TV show is "Live From Daryl's House," but she has to watch it online since she does not get the channel it is on.


5 Ideas for Extra College Cash Flow
5 Tips for Commuter Students
8 Simple Ways to Help the Environment
10 Wise Things to Do Over Your Holiday Breaks
7 Tips for New Year's Resolution Success
5 Simple Ways to Give Back When You're on a College Budget
Surviving Group Projects
4 Tips to Combat Spring Fever
Your College Checklist for an Exciting New School Year
Fun Fall Ideas for College Students
5 Methods for Midterm Prep Success
Dealing with Bad Grades
Holiday Gift Giving on a Student Budget
Academically Focused New Year's Resolutions
Spring Break Budget Tips
5 Simple Student Stress Relief Tips