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Fastweb Launches 2015-2016 Student Contributors Program

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.

Elizabeth Hoyt

August 21, 2015

Fastweb Launches 2015-2016 Student Contributors Program
It's that time of year again! Fastweb is launching its annual Student Contributor series and introducing a new team of talented student writers to the program. The series allows students to gain insight on important student topics as their peers experience daily 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.

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The series features articles written by a team of students, who are also Fastweb users, on student-related experiences and issues. In turn, this gives each of the student contributors the unique opportunity to gain writing experience, work with an editor and learn about the web publishing process. Not to mention the benefit of sharing their unique voices with students across the nation through their written article contributions! The team’s articles focus on relevant student-focused issues such as the college applications and admissions processes, applying for scholarships, as well as daily high school, college and graduate student life topics.

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Basically, anything on a student’s mind qualifies! Students are able to choose their own topics and usually focus on whatever is happening within their academic, social or extracurricular lives and feel that other students can benefit or learn from their own experiences. For instance, topics such as study tips, extracurricular activities, study abroad preparedness, standardized test tips and finding part-time jobs are just several examples of subjects that past contributors wrote articles about because they had personal learning experiences and felt other students could benefit from them. Which is great for any student about to go through each of these processes - it’s comparable to having several older siblings’ diaries with instructions on what to do and what not to do in terms of academics and student life. While we strive to write about student topics as best we can, there’s no comparison to having actual students writing about what they’re going through from first-person perspective. The opportunity to become a Fastweb Student Contributor was extended to Fastweb users who have career interests in creative writing, journalism, news media, publishing and related fields. We received a high volume of student responses and would like to thank all students who applied for the Student Contributor positions. The decisions certainly weren’t taken lightly and the competition was stiff. Narrowing it down was not an easy task, but we’re extra enthusiastic about the 2015-2016 Student Contributors team! The team consists of 10 student writers, spanning from high school to graduate school, all of whom are extremely qualified, motivated and talented, to boot! Meet the team below, starting with the returning contributors (note: all names listed are in alphabetical order):

Familiar Faces

Fastweb is thrilled to welcome back five returning student contributors to the 2015-2016 team:
Laura Magerkurth, College Senior, Truman State University
Laura has been a Fastweb Student Contributor for five years (and counting!). She’s our shining star because she’s been with the team the longest. Experiencing college with her and watching her grow into such an amazing woman has been an awesome journey and we can't wait to see what's next! This December, Laura will be graduating but don’t worry – she’s not going anywhere. She’s continuing on to receive her master’s degree. Thank goodness – we don’t know what we’d do without her! Check out a few of Laura’s articles:
Don’t Fret the Freshman 15
Textbook Tips: Buying & Saving
Welcome Week Warnings
Maya Moritz, College Freshman, University of St. Andrews in Scotland
This is Maya's fourth year as a Fastweb Student Contributor and we can't wait to experience her freshman year at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland with her. How cool is that? We’ll have the unique opportunity to join her on travels during her time at the university and experience what it’s like to be an American student abroad. We simply cannot wait to hear about all of her exciting adventures and are so happy that she’s willing to share them with us! Check out a few of Maya’s articles:
Is Studying Abroad Right for You?
What to Expect: College Admissions in Fall/Winter
3 Resources for Your Scholarship Search
McKenzie Nevins, College Sophomore, Taylor University
This is the second year as a Fastweb contributor for McKenzie – or Kenzi, as she likes to be called – and we’re certainly glad to have her back! You may remember her from her travels abroad in Ireland last year – so if you need additional study abroad tips, she’s your gal! We look forward to see what’s in store for her sophomore year because we have a feeling it’s going to be a great one. Check out a few of Kenzi’s articles:
5 Ways Studying Abroad Will Change Your Life
Should Friends Become Roommates?
Help! I Can’t Stand My Professor
Bailey VanNatta, College Freshman, Abilene Christian University
This is Bailey’s second year as a student contributor for Fastweb, but she’s got it down to a science. In addition to dolling out great advice, Bailey recognizes the topics and issues that student readers can truly benefit from month after month. Look to Bailey when you need advice – trust us, she knows what’s up. Check out a few of Bailey’s articles:
Getting to Know Your New Roommate
What I Wish I Had Been Told About the College Admissions Process
How College Visits Can Help College Decisions
Jamie Vincent, College Sophomore, Oberlin College
This is Jamie's third year as a Fastweb Student Contributor. We’ve been lucky enough to go through the college admissions process with her and, last year, we experienced many of her college firsts during her freshman year of college. Now that she’s a college sophomore, we’re looking forward to reading about her new perspectives on college life at Oberlin College and, of course, her spring semester abroad in London! Check out a few of Jamie’s articles:
5 Things You Shouldn’t Expect Freshman Year
The 7 Rules of Being a Good Roommate
5 Tips to Help You Find the Right College Club

Fresh Faces

In addition to the four returning contributors, Fastweb would like to welcome five fresh faces to the 2015-2016 Student Contributor team! The students' ages span from high school junior to the non-traditional graduate student, so there’s a contributor that just about every Fastweb user can relate to on a personal level.
Meet the New 2015-2016 Student Contributors:
Riley Harrison, High School Senior, Santa Rosa High School in California
Read Riley’s first article, Stopping Senioritis Before It Starts.

Aggie Kallinicou, High School Senior, Fairbanks High School in Ohio
Read Aggie’s first article, 4 Tips for Successfully Completing the Common Application.

Sonja Killebrew, Non-Traditional Graduate Student, City College’s MFA Program
Read Sonja’s first article, 7 Steps to Creating a Budget that Works for You.

Ashley Paskill, College Senior, Temple University

Read Ashley’s first article, 5 Ideas for Extra College Cash Flow.

Madison Sheldrake, High School Senior, Clear Lake High School in Texas
Read Madison’s first article, A Guide to Communicating Well with Your Teachers.

That makes up this year’s student team: 10 strong, talented student writers contributing articles to Fastweb, which our readers can benefit from! We couldn’t be more proud of those chosen and we cannot wait to read each and every article these clever minds create. Each year, Fastweb works to enhance the overall learning experience for our student contributors, allowing the exciting opportunity to learn more about the editorial and web publishing processes, in addition to improving writing skills. Moreover, becoming part of Fastweb’s Student Contributor series is an invaluable opportunity for each student to gain writing experience, become published and exposure to a large audience. Get to know each of the 2015-2016 Fastweb Student Contributors through their profiles on Fastweb’s Student Contributors page, which also includes links to each of their articles as they’re published.

Want more? View an entire list of the all of our Student Contributors’ articles.

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