Sage Corps Study Abroad Captures the Essence of Entrepreneurship

November 6, 2018 — In today’s global economy, employers seek and prefer a globally-trained workforce, however approximately 99 percent of college grads have no global work experience, according to Matt Meltzer, founder and CEO of Sage Corps. So how do businesses looking to attract and retain global-minded employees find them right off the platform of a graduation podium? Meltzer created an initiative called Sage Corps in 2013 – a global entrepreneurship program for college students – that embeds students into seed stage startup teams for their mutual benefit as they live, work and study abroad (students earn academic credit) while offering an innovative source of talent in the workforce.

Sage Corps sets itself apart from traditional study abroad programs by offering highly competitive program focused on quality not quantity, an internship with global startups in countries around the world in younger startup communities offering incredible opportunities to make impactful contributions to the host companies.

Sage Corps, which has now grown to 500+ alumni since 2013, works with technology startups in thirteen cities across the world (including Santiago, Chile; Hong Kong; Mexico City and Dublin), which use tech in some form, whether it be an e-commerce site, an AI/Robotics company or a travel excursion company. Meltzer wanted to fill the gap by giving students opportunities to gain meaningful international experience, bring talent to foreign startups and start building professional connections that can make a difference after graduation.

Students interested in interning abroad through Sage Corps come from all majors (technical and non-technical liberal arts students are all encouraged to apply) and diverse backgrounds and undergo a very selective application process so that the best candidates for this unique global entrepreneurship program will have the chance to, as Meltzer describes, “parachute into a foreign country, experience a rigorous professional and cultural experience building a company, and return with a robust professional network.” Past students in the program attend a diverse range of universities across the country, including large public universities such as UT Austin, University of Michigan, and UC Berkeley, private universities such as Vanderbilt, Cornell, and Emory, and smaller liberal arts colleges such as Amherst, Williams, and Pomona.

Sage Corps offers impactful work and more robust services: housing, medical insurance, weekly professional networking and social events, an online curriculum (builds hard skills), academic credit, and a powerful alumni program to help students get full time jobs – alums currently work at top organizations such as Google, Nike, McKinsey, Facebook, and of course startups.

For more information on Sage Corp visit: www.SageCorps.com

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ECFMG Launches Resource to Help Students Select a Medical School

Philadelphia, Pa., November 5, 2018—The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) has launched a new resource for students who plan to apply to medical school. Designed to assist in identifying schools offering quality medical education, this new resource is a valuable tool for those who are beginning their medical education, as well as for current medical school students who plan to transfer to a different medical school. The new resource is available on the ECFMG website at www.ecfmg.org/medschoolselection.

In recent years, there has been rapid growth in the number of medical schools around the world, and there are a small number of schools that engage in spurious business practices. It also has become more common for students to migrate for medical education—attending medical school outside their home country. This situation creates challenges for students who are evaluating schools and deciding where to apply, according to William W. Pinsky, M.D., President and CEO of ECFMG and Board Chair of ECFMG’s Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®).

“With more than 3,000 medical schools worldwide, selecting the right school can be an intimidating task and a significant financial investment,” Dr. Pinsky said. “Our new guide provides prospective medical students around the world with information on the characteristics to consider and questions to ask when evaluating medical schools before applying so they can make a well-informed decision.”

The guide covers such important considerations as accreditation status, curriculum, faculty, educational resources, and the structure of clinical rotations. It also prompts students to ask questions about the student experience, consider how schools market themselves, and talk to alumni about their success in and beyond medical school.

As leading experts on the world’s medical education systems and their graduates, ECFMG and its foundation are uniquely positioned to provide this important guidance to the next generation of physicians. The new resource is an important addition to the collection of services offered by ECFMG and FAIMER to physicians and the medical education community around the world.

About ECFMG
ECFMG, a private, nonprofit organization based in Philadelphia, is a world leader in promoting quality health care—serving physicians, members of the medical education and regulatory communities, health care consumers, and those researching issues in medical education and health workforce planning. ECFMG’s program of certification evaluates whether international medical graduates are ready to enter U.S. programs of graduate medical education, where they provide supervised patient care. ECFMG offers a variety of other programs for the world’s physicians and the entities worldwide that educate, train, register/license, and employ them.

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Backroads Accepting Applications for 2019 Trip Leader Positions

Apply Now for One of the Adventure Travel Industry’s Best Jobs

Backroads, the World’s #1 Active Travel Company, today announced it is now accepting applications for Trip Leader, Camp Crew and Trip Prep Specialist positions for the 2019 season. Backroads runs biking, hiking, multi-adventure, family, private and active ocean and river cruise trips all over the world on six continents and in more than 60 countries. Every year Backroads hires seasonal employees for the job of a lifetime.

Backroads Trip Leaders are recognized as the best in the travel industry, consistently earning a 97% approval rating from guests for their outstanding performance as interpreters, facilitators, ambassadors and all-around sources of inspiration and goodwill. Competition for these coveted roles is tough; according to the Washington Post (April 17, 2017), securing a field position with Backroads can be compared to gaining acceptance to an Ivy League college. But for those willing to brave the competition, their efforts are rewarded with the opportunity to live and work in some of the most desired travel destinations in the world, including America’s national parks, Italy, Patagonia, Iceland, Hawaii and more. Trip Leaders provide exceptional customer service with all the on-trip support, equipment and logistics, so Backroads guests are free to explore actively and stress free while traveling with the company.

“If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a Backroads Trip Leader, we’d love to hear from you,” said Tom Hale, Founder and President of Backroads. “We are looking for passionate applicants who love people, customer service, problem solving and most of all exploring the world under your own power.”

To qualify, applicants must be 21 years of age or older, hold a valid driver’s license and clean driving record, and English fluency. As an active professional, all applicants must be able to lift 50 pounds of weight.

A pioneer in active and adventure travel, Backroads’ celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2019. Backroads was founded on the principles of creating extraordinary experiences for its guests, being the most guest-focused travel company on the planet and incorporating the highest quality possible into the philosophy and fabric of the company.

For more information and to apply go to: www.backroads.com/leaders

About Backroads
Backroads was founded in 1979 by Tom Hale and has been in business for more than 39 years. The company hosts thousands of guests each year, 75% of whom are repeat guests or referrals from past guests, in hundreds of locations across the globe. Backroads is a founding member of the Adventure Collection. For more information, please visit backroads.com or call 800-462-2848 daily, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Pacific time.

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Scholarships Announced by The Garden Club of America

FOR RELEASEOctober 22, 2018

The Garden Club of America (GCA) offers environmental and horticulture-related scholarships at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, with applications now being accepted.  Deadlines are January and February, 2019 (see individual applications for specific deadlines).

The GCA offers 28 merit-based scholarships and fellowships, awarding more than $308,000 in 2018.  GCA scholarships are available to qualified students seeking funding for study or research in the areas of Botany, Coastal Wetland Studies, Conservation, Desert Studies, Ecology, Garden History & Design, Horticulture, International Study, Landscape Architecture, Native Bird Habitat, Native Plant Studies, Pollinator Research, Public Horticulture, and Urban Forestry.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled in U.S. institutions.

More information about GCA scholarships may be found at www.gcamerica.org/scholarships. Follow @GCAScholarships on Twitter to receive the most recent updates about scholarship offerings and news about the recipients and their research.  For additional information, email scholarshipapplications@gcamerica.org.

The GCA is a nonprofit national organization composed of 200 clubs with nearly 18,000 club members who devote energy and expertise to projects in their communities and across the United States.  Founded in 1913, the GCA is a leader in horticulture, conservation, creative arts, historic preservation, and environmental protection.

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Score the Best Deals, Shopping and Entertainment with Amazon’s Prime Student

Best sellers among Prime Student members this off-to-college season include: Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, Amazon Basics Lightning Cable, and SanDisk Ultra 32GB microSD

SEATTLE, Wash. – October 17, 2018 – As students settle into dorm rooms and adjust to this semester’s class schedule, Amazon has the best first lesson – Prime Student. Exclusively available for students enrolled in two- and four-year colleges, Prime Student makes life on campus easier. This year, some of the top-selling products that college students are using include Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice RemoteAmazonBasics Lightning to USB A CableBIC Round Stic Grip Xtra Comfort Ballpoint PenSanDisk Ultra 32GB microSDHC UHS-I Card with Adapter and the iClicker2 student remote.

Prime Student is a membership from Amazon designed specifically for college students to enjoy the best of shopping and entertainment. Nowhere else can students go to get thousands of movies and TV shows to instantly watch, stream music, receive discounts on college essentials, and get fast, free shipping all in one place. After the six-month trial, Prime Student is 50% off a regular Prime membership (that’s more than one semester!). Here is the scoop on the top benefits students can score from signing up for Prime Student.

1. Exclusive Student Deals: Prime Student members receive exclusive perks and deals tailored to meet students’ needs. Save while shopping on items that will help get you through the school year, from late night study snacks to dorm décor essentials.

2. Unlimited Entertainment: Get instant access to thousands of movies and TV shows like Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan or Emmy-winning The Marvelous Mrs. Maiselwith Prime Video. Plus, explore more than two million songs and over one thousand playlists and stations as part of your paid membership through Prime Music.

3. Game Time: If you have a Twitch account, connect it to your Prime membership and start enjoying a selection of free games, in-game loot for some of the world’s most popular titles, and a subscription to your favorite Twitch broadcaster every 30 days. You’ll soon become everyone’s favorite room to game in with Twitch Prime.

4. Get Everything Fast: It’s not easy to trek off campus to get things you need, and we know that when you need something, you need it fast.Prime members receive FREE One-Day Shipping and Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery in more than 8,000 cities and towns.

5. New Semester Wardrobe: Shop for the latest college styles and trends using Prime Wardrobe – a new service that lets you try before you buy the latest styles from Amazon. Simply try-on at home, decide what you like and only be charged for what you keep.

6. Selfie Storage: You don’t ever need to worry about seeing the “Storage Full” notification pop up on your phone. Download the free Amazon Photos app to upload, store, and share unlimited photos, selfies and Boomerangs with your friends.

Plus, students can purchase, rent or trade in textbooks all on Amazon – if you’ve got old textbooks lying around, trade them in to receive an Amazon gift card. And if you already know what classes you’re taking in the fall, save up to 85% and rent a textbook using Amazon. With either option, you can enjoy free two-day shipping with Prime Student. Following a six-month trial, a Prime Student membership is 50 percent off a regular Prime membership. To sign up, visit amazon.com/joinstudent.

About Amazon Prime Student
Millions of members around the world enjoy the many benefits of Prime Student. Amazon Prime Student gives college students FREE One-Day Shipping and FREE Same-Day Delivery in more than 8,000 cities and towns, unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 100 million items, plus unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV shows with Prime Video and free unlimited photo storage with Amazon Photos.

Students can sign up for a six-month trial of Prime Student to access these benefits. After that it’s just $59 a year or $6.49 a month — half the price of a regular Amazon Prime membership — and includes over two million songs with Prime Music. To learn more, visit amazon.com/joinstudent.

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Phi Kappa Phi Accepting Applications for Dissertation Fellowship Program

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines, is now accepting applications for its Dissertation Fellowship Program. Ten fellowships of $10,000 each will be awarded.

Introduced in 2014, the program is designed to support doctoral candidates who are writing their dissertations. To be eligible, applicants must be an active Phi Kappa Phi member in the dissertation writing stage of doctoral study. All pre-dissertation requirements should be met by the November 30 deadline including approval of the dissertation proposal.

“It is an honor to receive the Dissertation Fellowship from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi,” said Malinee Neelamegam, a 2018 Dissertation Fellow. “The ABD finish line is challenging, and the fellowship will allow me to work towards completing my doctoral journey successfully. Beyond the financial assistance, the fellowship provides doctoral students like me the motivation and reassurance of the importance of the work we do.”

The selection process for a dissertation fellowship examines how the fellowship will contribute to the completion of the dissertation, the significance of original research, and endorsement by the dissertation chair. Recipients will receive $10,000 to apply toward 12 months of dissertation writing.

The dissertation fellowships are part of the Society’s robust portfolio of award programs, which give nearly $1 million each year to outstanding members through graduate fellowships, study abroad grants, funding for post-baccalaureate development, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives.

The deadline to submit an application for a dissertation fellowship is November 30, 2018, and recipients will be notified by March 1, 2019. For full eligibility requirements and application instructions, visit www.phikappaphi.org/dissertation.

About Phi Kappa Phi
Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi inducts approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. The Society’s mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.” For more information, visit www.phikappaphi.org.

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Attention College Students: TD Ameritrade Announces Open Registration for the 2018 Virtual Trading thinkorswim Challenge

OMAHA, Neb., September 27, 2018 – Add it to the resume under “real-world experience.” College students across the U.S. can now through October 1, 2018 register to partake in TD Ameritrade’s fifth-annual thinkorswim Challenge – no trading experience necessary.

Undergraduate students interested in participating can gather in teams of two to four for a four-week competitive learning opportunity with many rewarding prizes at stake, including a $30,000 donation to their college or university.

“The thinkorswim Challenge was created to help educate and build confidence in future generations of investors,” said Lee McAdoo, managing director of investor education at TD Ameritrade. “The Challenge is unique in that it gives students a hands-on approach to managing money in the markets, with no true risk involved.”

The thinkorswim Challenge is offered through TD Ameritrade U, an award-winning educational program for professors and college-run organizations that provides free access to paperMoney, the virtual trading version of the thinkorswim desktop and mobile applications – both of which are recognized as advanced technology for sophisticated traders.

Student teams are not only given $500,000 in virtual dollars to trade stocks, options and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), but also unlimited access to an array of valuable educational resources. Aside from 24/7 online trading support, features built into the platform include: access to the TD Ameritrade Network for real-time market insights from industry pros; TraderTV, for streaming feeds of CNBC’s global networks; and an Education tab, which houses immersive courses and daily webcasts to help students boost their investing IQ.

“Last year, we had 327 schools in 49 states across the U.S. competing for the top prize, and the winning team ended up seeing portfolio gains of 427 percent,” said McAdoo. “It’s exciting to see more schools jumping into the competition, more students using our education, and ultimately more participants walking away with a new, meaningful understanding of the markets and money, whether or not they take the prize.”

Accepting the TD Ameritrade U thinkorswim Challenge
To participate, teams made up of two to four individuals who are students at the same postsecondary educational institution must register at www.thinkorswimchallenge.com. The competition is open to the first 2,000 teams who register. Registration is now open and closes on Monday, October 1, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The four-week competition officially kicks off on Monday, October 8, 2018, and runs through Saturday, November 3, 2018.

The thinkorswim Challenge teams are responsible for managing one virtual portfolio during the entire competition and will do so by placing qualifying paper trades during each trading week. Prizes will be awarded weekly to the top team with the highest percentage gain in the aggregate value of their portfolio at the end of each trading week. At the conclusion of the competition, an additional prize will be awarded to the three teams with the highest percentage gains in their portfolios overall and to their respective schools. Individual prizes include iPads, Amazon gift cards, up to $3,500 deposited into a TD Ameritrade brokerage account, and up to $30,000 for the schools.

The thinkorswim Challenge is subject to full Official Rules, which are available at www.thinkorswimchallenge.com. For more information about TD Ameritrade U or the thinkorswim Challenge, visit www.tdameritradeu.com or www.thinkorswimchallenge.com. For competition updates, follow TD Ameritrade U, @TDameritradeu, and like TD Ameritrade U on Facebook. You can also join conversations about the thinkorswim Challenge using #TOSChallenge.

For the latest news and information about TD Ameritrade, follow the Company on Twitter, @TDAmeritradePR.

TD Ameritrade Network is brought to you by TD Ameritrade Media Productions Company. TD Ameritrade Media Productions Company and TD Ameritrade, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC are separate but affiliated subsidiaries of TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation. TD Ameritrade Media Productions Company is not a financial adviser, registered investment advisor, or broker-dealer. © 2018 TD Ameritrade.

The paperMoney® application is for educational purposes only. Successful virtual trading during one time period does not guarantee successful investing of actual funds during a later time period as market conditions change continuously.

NO PURCHASE/INVESTMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE/ACCOUNT WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.  QUALIFYING FOR A BROKERAGE ACCOUNT, INCLUDING PROVIDING SENSITIVE INFO IS REQUIRED TO RECEIVE THE PRIZE. This is a simulated trading competition. Software download (via mobile app or desktop), Internet access, & use of a valid paperMoney® account are required to participate. Contest consists of 4 trading weeks, each beginning at 9:30 am ET & ending at 11:59:59 pm ET: 10/8-10/13/18; 10/15-10/20/18; 10/22-10/27/18; and 10/29-11/3/18. Open only to registered teams of 2-4 individuals who are each a legal resident of any 1 of the 50 US or DC (or a nonresident student in the US on a student visa) & age of majority+ as of the date of registration & all enrolled at the same post-secondary educational institution located in any 1 of 50 US or DC. Teams and each member must register by 11:59:59 pm ET on 10/1/18. PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 2000 TEAMS TO COMPLETE REGISTRATION. Normal Internet access, data, & usage charges may apply. Void where prohibited by law. SUBJECT TO FULL OFFICIAL RULES. The team with the highest P/L during each trading week will be the potential weekly winning team, subject to verification. ARV of each weekly prize: $500 per winning team member. Total value of all weekly prizes: between $4,000 & $8,000 (depending on # of winning team members).  At the end of the contest, the teams with the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd highest P/L percentage over the entire contest period will be eligible for prizes. ARV of 1st prize: $3,649 per team member & $30,000 gift to winning team’s school (total 1st prize ARV between of $37,298 & $44,596 depending on # of members). ARV of 2nd prize: $2,330 per team member & $20,000 gift to winning team’s school (total 2nd prize ARV between of $24,660 & $29,320 depending on # of members). ARV of 3rd prize: $1,100 per team member & $10,000 gift to winning team’s school (total 3rd prize ARV between of $12,200 & $14,400 depending on # of members). Total ARV of all prizes: between $78,158 & $96,316 (depending on # of members). Individual cash prize amounts will be deposited into an individual, non-IRA TD Ameritrade standard brokerage account. TD Ameritrade’s normal commissions, service fees, & exception fees apply. Funds may be withdrawn from a TD Ameritrade standard brokerage account free of charge, pursuant to TD Ameritrade’s regular business practices and policies. If not already a registered account holder, winner must apply & be approved for an individual standard brokerage account. Account must be opened within sixty (60) days of the end of the Contest Period. More information about TD Ameritrade’s standard brokerage accounts is available here. More information about TD Ameritrade’s pricing and fees is available here.  Apple, Inc. is not a sponsor of or otherwise affiliated with this Challenge.  Sponsor: TD Ameritrade Services Company, Inc., 200 S. 108th Avenue, Omaha, NE 68154.

Each Gift Card (“GC”) prize is subject to the issuer’s terms and conditions, available at the time of prize award.

About TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation
TD Ameritrade provides investing services and education to more than 11 million client accounts totaling more than $1.2 trillion in assets, and custodial services to more than 6,000 registered investment advisors. We are a leader in U.S. retail trading, executing an average of more than 780,000 trades per day for our clients, more than a quarter of which come from mobile devices. We have a proud history of innovation, dating back to our start in 1975, and today our team of nearly 10,000-strong is committed to carrying it forward. Together, we are leveraging the latest in cutting edge technologies and one-on-one client care to transform lives, and investing, for the better. Learn more by visiting TD Ameritrade’s newsroom at www.amtd.com, or read our stories at Fresh Accounts.

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New Savings Calculator Helps College Students Decide Best Buy for Course Materials

BOSTON—September 13, 2018—Almost 90% of college students spend anywhere from a few hours to a week searching for the best buy on their textbooks, according to a recent survey. Who has that kind of time?

Thanks to a simple new digital savings calculator, students using Cengage products can get some time back as they decide whether  a new subscription service for textbooks and access codes is the right choice for them.  To reveal their potential savings, students simply type in the ISBN for their products.

The subscription, called Cengage Unlimited, offers unlimited access to more than 20,000 digital course materials, including eBooks, online homework access codes and study guides.  Students pay one price no matter how many materials they use. Cengage, the largest U.S.-based education and technology company serving the higher education market, provides course materials to 11 million of the 20 million students pursuing higher education.

A subscription to Cengage Unlimited, which is available directly from Cengage, online or at campus and off-campus bookstores, costs $119.99 a semester or $179.99 a year. Considering students spend, on average, about $500 annually (with some spending significantly more), the subscription can save students up to half of what they were paying and, in some cases, even more. Students may use financial aid to purchase a subscription.

“At Cengage, the days of spending hundreds of dollars on course materials each year are over,” said Michael Hansen, CEO, Cengage. “The old way just doesn’t work for students and that’s why we have opened up our catalog to offer unlimited access to quality learning at an affordable price. Subscription models deliver an easy way to access content that students are familiar with in their daily life. College is stressful enough – buying course materials should not add to that stress.”

Students using Cengage learning technology platforms, like MindTap or WebAssign, have the option of a print rental for $7.99 with free shipping.  When the subscription ends, students retain reference access to their key course materials for the first year for free.

For more information about the new, all-access subscription service for course materials, or to purchase now, visit https://www.cengage.com/unlimited/.

About Cengage
Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. As the largest US-based provider of teaching and learning materials for higher education, we offer valuable options at affordable price points. Our industry-leading initiatives include Cengage Unlimited, the first-of-its-kind all-access digital subscription service.  We embrace innovation to create learning experiences that build confidence and momentum toward the future students want. Headquartered in Boston, Cengage also serves K-12, library and workforce training markets around the world. Visit us at www.cengage.com or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

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Dating Rules for Freshmen: How to Successfully Manage the Big Change from High School Dating to College Relationships

Dating Tips to Freshmen From A Senior & A Junior

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – September 12, 2018 – High school dating is like prep work for the far more complicated and adult world of college dating. In high school, you’re living at home and parents are keeping tabs on who you date. In college, you’re on your own – and that’s a big transition for freshmen for whom dating freedom is a new thing. You get to make your own choices about who you want to be a relationship with, and how intimate you want to get. It’s an exciting feeling, but one that that needs to be approached with some common sense.

“You’re not in high school, so if something goes wrong you can’t call your parents to come pick you up or simply drive home,” says University of Southern California (USC) senior Elizabeth Pritzker. “You’re on your own, handling the dating scene for the first time.”

There’s plenty of ambiguity, awkwardness and misunderstanding in the dating field. However, it’s important to put your wishes out in the open before getting close to someone (whether it’s a heart-to-heart connection or just a hookup). To get your dating career as organized as (hopefully) your academic career, read these tips from Pritzker and her USC classmate Sam Skalbania. As upperclassmen, Elizabeth and Sam have successfully navigated the dating scene for a few years, so their advice comes from experience.

● Choose a neutral place for the first meeting. Think Starbucks or a campus café – and don’t plan a long dinner. “That way, if you don’t hit it off with the person, you’re not stuck there for hours,” Elizabeth says. (You can make an easy yet polite exit when you haven’t committed to a full meal.) Or suggest an activity, like going on a hike or working out together.

● Think about what you want, and don’t want. Before you meet your date, ask yourself some pointed questions about what you want from the relationship. “Any answer is OK – it just needs to be about what you really want, not what someone talks you into,” Sam says. “Don’t change your boundaries to impress someone. Stick to your choice.” Maybe cuddling is fine for now – maybe you want to do more. No matter where you are on the scale, get honest with yourself about what you’ll tell your potential partner when the conversation turns to next steps.

● Talk. Unlike your parents’ college dating encounters, dates today should include much more forthright conversation about your expectation for what happens post-date. “Be straight about what you want to do – like, ‘I don’t want to have sex with you tonight,’” Sam says. “You don’t want your partner to have to guess what you’d like.”

● Use a consent app. When you’re navigating the freshman dating landscape, consent apps are a good way to share your wishes with another person in a way that’s easy and transparent. An app like iAPPROVE, which is designed to help you manage relationships, puts both you and your potential partner on the record about your ground rules. With the app, you can replace vague conversations and guesswork with clear guidelines for how you far you want to go. The two of you can define your partner status (like “platonic” or “casual non-exclusive”), and what sexual activity you’re comfortable with.

● Don’t get wasted. This sounds obvious, but in the heat of the moment, it’s easy to get carried away. You can’t make decisions about how far you want to go if you don’t have a clear head. Save the partying for when you know the person better and feel more secure in how they’ll treat you.

● Think twice about dating roommates’ friends. On the one hand, your roommates might introduce you to cool people. On the other hand, if the date doesn’t work out, you’ll be stuck with awkward encounters for months.

● Don’t “ghost” anyone. Unless someone has been too aggressive or made you uncomfortable,  it’s insanely rude to simply ignore texts or messages from someone who assumes you want to see them again. “Do the adult thing and say you just didn’t hit it off,” Elizabeth says. If you hide and avoid communication, you run the risk of someone bothering you repeatedly, trying to figure out if you’re just game-playing. 

The great thing about being clear and forthright about your relationship and dating needs – and getting on the same page with your partner – is that you can relax and actually enjoy dating. “When you feel confident that you’ve gotten the hard-to-discuss stuff out of the way, you can focus on getting to know each other,” Elizabeth says. “That tension about consent and ‘will we or won’t we’ goes away. It makes dating much more fun – the way it should be.”

About iAPPROVEAPP
iAPPROVEAPP, LLC provides technology solutions to help prevent sexual harassment and assaults. Our application creates greater personal empowerment over choices and has been designed to successfully address the human and legal complexities of consensual sex, assist in the compliance with legislative and regulatory mandates, and create a verifiable and auditable capability for documenting personal choices, decisions and consent. Visit: www.iapproveapp.com

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Deadline Approaching for Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants

The deadline to apply for a study abroad grant from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is Saturday, September 15. Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society, will award 25 $1,000 grants to students nationwide.

Awarded twice a year—50 in the spring and 25 in the fall—the grants are designed to support undergraduate students as they seek expanded knowledge and experience in their academic fields. Interested students do not have to be a member of Phi Kappa Phi to apply, but must currently attend an institution with an active chapter.

“Being awarded the Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant truly opened doors for me into places I had only dreamed of going before,” said Grace Kinner, a Session A recipient from Berea College. “Without receiving the award, I would not have been able to travel to Mexico to better my grasp of the Spanish language, understand nuances of cultures other than my own, and develop the independence that studying abroad requires of you. I am truly grateful to Phi Kappa Phi for believing in me and helping me to achieve my goals.”

Phi Kappa Phi gives 75 study abroad grants annually to students on its chapter campuses. Since its inception in 2001, the program has awarded more than $800,000.

The study abroad grants are part of the Society’s robust award programs, which give nearly $1 million each year to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, funding for post-baccalaureate development, member and chapter awards, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives.

The application period for students to apply for a $1,000 study abroad grant is currently open until September 15. For full eligibility requirements and application instructions, visit www.phikappaphi.org/studyabroad.

About Phi Kappa Phi
Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi inducts approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. The Society’s mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.” For more information, visit www.phikappaphi.org.

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