Student Contributors - Fastweb


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!
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.


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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
Making Decisions: Life after High School

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
How to Deal When Waitlisted

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
The Final Days: Ending Your College Career

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
5 Tips to Help You Choose Your Major