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Meet Fastweb's 2018-2019 Student Contributor Team

We’re excited for you to get to know each member on this year’s Student Contributor team!

Elizabeth Hoyt

September 05, 2018

Meet Fastweb's 2018-2019 Student Contributor Team
Back to school means back to business! In this case, we’re excited to announce the launch of Fastweb’s annual Student Contributor series. The main item of business today: introducing you to this year’s fresh team of talented student writers. Fastweb's Student Contributors series allows Fastweb members to gain insight on important student topics through the experiences of their peers, ranging from high school to graduate school. Discover, learn from and relate to articles written by Fastweb members who willingly share their first-hand encounters with student life and issues that matter most. In turn for sharing their unique student voices, each of the student contributors are given the unique opportunity to gain writing experience, work with an editor and learn about the web publishing process.

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Throughout the academic year, the team’s articles focus on various student-centric issues, such as college applications and admissions, scholarship applications, along with sharing their daily life experiences in high school, college and graduate school. Each of our student contributors choose their own topics, which usually focus on happenings within their academic, social or extracurricular lives that they feel that other students can relate to or learn from. Common topics include study tips, extracurricular activities, study abroad preparedness, standardized test tips and finding part-time jobs, for example. We like to think that giving students access to these voices is 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. After all, who better to learn from than your peers? We believe there’s no comparison to having actual students writing about what they’re going through from first-person perspective.

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The opportunity to apply to the Fastweb Student Contributor team was extended to Fastweb members with listed career interests like creative writing, journalism, news media, publishing and related fields. Each year, we receive a high volume of student responses. While we wish we could choose everyone, we unfortunately had to set a limit. However, we would like to thank all students who applied for the Student Contributor positions. Choosing the team took a great deal of thought and effort as we received so many talented applicants. We’re excited for Fastweb members to get to know each member on this year’s Student Contributors team! Learn more about the team, which consists of eight savvy student writers, spanning from high school to graduate school. Meet the team below (note: all names listed are in alphabetical order by last name):

Meet the New 2018-2019 Student Contributors:

Fresh Faces

Fastweb would like to welcome some fresh faces to the 2018-2019 Student Contributor team! These students span from high school to college students, so there’s a contributor in which every Fastweb member has student experiences in common.
Mary Bellm, College Freshman, Truman State University
Read Mary’s first article, Adjusting to College Life

Osasere Ewansiha, High School Senior, J. Frank Dobie High School
Read Osasere’s first article, Your Ticket to Early Admissions or Early Decisions.

Aleena Islam, High School Sophomore, Panther Creek High School
Read Aleena’s first article, Making the Most of Your College Fair Visits.

Vanessa Salazar, College Freshman, Mount Saint Mary’s University
Read Vanessa’s first article, College vs. High School: Is It as Bad as They Say?.

Shreya Thalvayapati, High School Sophomore, Hopkinton High School
Read Shreya’s first article, Creating Strong Relationships for Recommendation Letters.

Friendly Faces

We’re excited to welcome back some friendly faces to the 2018-2019 Student Contributor team!

Emma Lynch, College Sophomore, Appalachian State University
Read Emma’s first article this year, Creating the Perfect Class Schedule.

Cherish Recera, College Sophomore, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Read Cherish’s first article this year, Don’t Get Spooked by Responsibility: Halloween in College.

Samantha Starkey, Graduate Student (Year 2), Emerson College
Read Samantha’s first article this year, Tips: Getting a Part-Time Job as a Student.

Want to see more student content? View an entire list of the all of Fastweb’s Student Contributors’ articles.

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