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Meet Darlene – BookRenter Summer Digital Intern

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photo of girlI stumbled upon BookRenter’s summer digital internship by chance when I went onto their Facebook page looking for coupon codes on textbook rental orders. I had just started using BookRenter.com for all my textbook rentals last fall quarter. Since I had previously saved an average of $10-20 per book, I decided to scope out the prices for books for the upcoming summer school session.

I noticed an opportunity for an internship when I went onto their Facebook page; randomly clicked the link provided and became intrigued by the description. At first I was hesitant to submit an entry because this internship sounded way too good to be true. An internship where you get to work and play at the same time? After a few hours of contemplating I finally summed up the courage to take a risk and submit an entry. I literally only had less than a week to make it into the top 10 so I blasted all my social networking websites. My Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Youtube accounts were plastered with comments encouraging friends and family to support me.

News spread like wildfire and I even had strangers from the East coast voting for me and wishing me luck! To be honest, I thought I had no chance of getting anywhere near the top 10 because most people in the contest had at least three weeks in advance to lobby for more votes. Seeing my entry make its way to the top was definitely a humbling experience. I wanted to win this internship because I wanted to promote the textbook rental website that has been helping me save tons of money each quarter. With all the extra money I have been able to save, I am able to budget in more money for gas, new clothes or going out!

After the contest had ended, I received an email a week later announcing that I had gotten into the top 10. I literally could not contain my excitement that I ran around my house jumping up and down, screaming at the top of my lungs and doing my “happy dance”! The most nerve-wracking part for me after making top 10 was waiting for the email that would determine my fate with BookRenter’s internship. Receiving the email that I had become one of BookRenter’s digital interns was definitely the icing on the cake.  I would not have been able to have made it without the support of all my family, friends and followers on my social networking websites. Thanks to them, I get to promote my favorite textbook rental website.  I’m definitely living the college life dream this summer as a BookRenter digital intern!

-Darlene Megino

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Charmaine’s Top 4 Ways to Pay for College

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Guest Blogger Charmaine Ng

After college, we will emerge with four years of unforgettable experiences, a group of lifelong friends, and a very expensive piece of paper. Tuition is rising across the country, and most of us resort to taking out loans, landing us in debt for years. Here are my top 4 ways to help you pay for that diploma.

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1. Open up shop.

You don’t need business expertise to run with an idea. Just dedication and passion! One afternoon, two sophomores at my college, Erika Welsh and Keely Tillotson, ran out of peanut butter and decided to experiment with a bag of raw peanuts and a food processor. Soon, they were whipping up a wacky variety of peanut butter flavors, from “Sneaky Cinnamon” to “Pretzel Pizzazz.” By spring break, their Flying Squirrel Peanut Butter business regularly received over 100 orders a week from all over the country! By charging $4 per 8 oz. jar, they’re definitely making a profit that can go towards their tuition. Etsy and Shopify offer easy ways to set up online shops.)

Did you know you you can open your own custom book rental site? Check out the Stores Lite opportunity here: BookRenter Stores Lite

2. Display advertising on your blog.

Fancy writing for an online audience? Start a blog, create a following, and partner with businesses to sell advertising. You can even partner with BookRenter as an affiliate.  A simpler route: the Blogger platform allows you to easily arrange advertising with a Google AdSense feature that delivers targeted ads to your site. If your blog becomes popular, the pennies will add up!

3. Apply for scholarships.

People want to help you. You just have to find them. Talk to your university’s financial aid offices, and see what they offer in terms of scholarships based on merit, ethnicity, desired profession, financial need, and athletic talent. Also look beyond campus. The College Board and College Scholarships both offer national search engines. Be patient!

*You can Apply Now for BookRenter’s Rock the World Scholarship!

If you’re in the Bay Area, give ScholarMatch a shot. By posting select profiles, ScholarMatch hopes that potential donors will personally connect with a student in their community and support his or her education.

4. Sign up for tests, studies, and focus groups.

My school’s Psychology and Human Physiology departments are always conducting studies that need participants. You can receive over $100 for spending time in an MRI lab or hooked up to an exercise machine. You may not feel comfortable with the idea at first, but think of it this way: you’re contributing to science AND getting paid for it! Another option is donating plasma, the liquid portion of your blood cells. My friend does this regularly and can make up to $200 a month. Head to your nearest Talecris Plasma Resources location, and see if you qualify for donation.

College doesn’t have to be as expensive as it sounds. While none of these options will completely solve your tuition woes, they can help you along the way. Don’t flounder in debt, and use your imagination!

By Guest Blogger Charmaine Ng I UNIVERSITY OF OREGON: Ambitious and talented, honest and human, this tri-lingual social media strategist and curator is also a published author. Harbors a secret desire to one day have a multi-hyphenated title

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