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Grand Prize BookRenter Digital Media Intern Angelina!

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Angelina Bossone: Senior, Communication Business Major at The University of New Hampshire. Office Assistant at Crimes Against Children Research Center. BookRenter Digital Media Intern. Enjoys warm sunny days and listening to music. Hopes to pursue a career in advertising / business.


Hello! I’m Angelina Bossone, BookRenter’s Digital Media Intern. I am a senior at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Go Wildcats! I am studying Communication Business and dream of one day working in The Big Apple at an advertising firm.

As soon as I saw BookRenter’s advertisement for their Summer Digital Media Internship on their Facebook page, I did not hesitate to apply! I didn’t think I would get it seeing as I entered into the competition several days after it had started and I was behind other contestants in the most votes. I didn’t let that stop me – I knew I wanted this position since I had already fallen in love with BookRenter as a customer for two years, and knew that I could promote them with true sincerity. Thanks to family and friends (and obnoxious posting on Facebook, Twitter, and Groupbox) I was able to receive the top votes! In addition, I made a promotional video in hopes that it would give me a competitive edge.

The days passed as I anxiously awaited a response from BookRenter. When I found out I won the grand prize internship, I jumped and screamed and couldn’t believe it! I am so grateful to have won – and I appreciate everyone’s help with their daily votes (and I thank BookRenter for picking me)!

Two weeks into the internship, I have already learned new skills with publishing, monitoring, promoting, and social networking. I truly enjoy promoting BookRenter. This has already been a wonderful experience and will also give me extra cash for this upcoming year with a biweekly paycheck AND a $500 credit to my BookRenter account for textbooks! I couldn’t be any more grateful. College expenses get more expensive each year and since I discovered BookRenter two years ago, I have saved at least $1,000 in books! That ALONE got me to love BookRenter and now with this opportunity, I love them a million times more.

I’ll be posting videos based on my experiences once a week – and in my latest video I show how I’ve used the money I saved from BookRenter.

How would you #DreamBig and spend your BookRenter savings?

Thank you BookRenter!

Follow me: Twitter / Pinterest

BookRenter Digital Intern,

Angelina Bossone

 

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The One Thing Missing From Your Resumé

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photo of girlBy guest blogger Serena Piper
Journalism major at the University of Oregon. Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus Oregon. Magazine, freelance blogger, future world traveler. In her spare time, she likes to read as many books as she can, go for long drives, and peruse news websites. Hopes to one day write for National Geographic.

Stop what you’re doing and check your resumé.

Is there a section devoted to your volunteer experience? If not, maybe you should think twice about what you have planned for this summer. A lot of students hesitate to volunteer if it’s not required for school, a scholarship, or, heaven forbid, paying off a debt to society. But there’s something you should know: it’s not only personally rewarding, but it matters more to employers than you may think.

In my previous post about volunteering, I mentioned my experience at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lane County, Oregon – and I can’t tell you how many opportunities I’ve snagged simply based off of this. Although listed at the bottom of my resumé, most employers have always asked about my experience at BBBS during the interview. BBBS has a lot of sponsors, so they have a ton of support what they do for at-risk youth. Keep in mind, this can be key to networking post-grad.

What volunteering says about you

Volunteering says that you are reliable and dedicated to showing up to the job even if it’s unpaid. Showing you care about your community says a lot about the type of person you are, so think about what you’re passionate about, and then find an organization that matches. Volunteerships are just like jobs: if you like what you’re doing, it doesn’t feel like work.

But volunteering is not all about what’s on your resume, either. I’ve made a lot of connections and friends I might not otherwise have made. Over the years, I’ve written numerous articles about BBBS, I’m constantly telling friends about volunteer opportunities, and I’ve even spoke to a room of 500 people at BBBS’ annual Fall breakfast about how mentoring has influenced my life.

If you’re feeling defeated and discouraged by how long it’s taking for you to complete your college degree, volunteering will give you immediate results every time you do it. If you volunteer at an animal shelter, you’ll see animals adopted every day; if you volunteer at a homeless shelter, you’ll dish out a meal the people you serve couldn’t be more grateful for.

In the end, volunteering isn’t just about donating your time. It’s about becoming a better person through generosity; giving your time to a person or place that could really use it, even though you have a million other things you could be doing. And it’s amazing how something seemingly so small can mean so much to someone else, but also be incredibly humbling.

 

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How Anna Won $500 from BookRenter

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college textbookI entered the BookRenter contest thinking that I probably wouldn’t win because I’ve never won anything before. I guess there is a first time for everything! I had not heard about textbook renting before, it was an entirely new concept to me. I’m going to school for my second degree, and book renting was not something that existed when I first went to University. At my school now, I saw posters in the campus bookstore about renting, but the prices were still really high. So I decided to look into it further, (let’s just say that Google is my best friend!), which led me to BookRenter. It was the cheapest out of all other book renting websites I researched. I ended up dropping a class after I had ordered a book already, but surprisingly I could return it to BookRenter and get my money back.

BookRenter has a great selection of books, the quality is great, and all the books I got were brand new and in fantastic shape. To be honest, I’m just sad that BookRenter was not around earlier – it could’ve saved me thousands of dollars in books.

My plans for the $500 I won are not as exciting as you’d think, as I plan on saving it for my upcoming September semester – books, food and anything else that I may need. But student life can be hard financially sometimes!

This past semester, BookRenter saved me $400, and I will definitely be renting more books this fall. And I’m just glad it won’t cost me that much.

­-Anna Ivanova

Do you want a chance to win $500 like Anna did? Tell us your BookRenter story, and you could be next quarter’s $500 winner! Submit your story and enter the contest here!

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BookRenter Beginnings – Meet Social Community Manager Allison

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Allison GergleyHey there BookRenters – my name is Allison, and I’m the newest addition to the marketing team at BookRenter. I’m your Social Community Manager – which basically means I get to find hilarious, helpful, exciting and oftentimes, bizarre internet phenomenons, photos, memes, videos and tips you’ll want to be keeping up on in your college life and beyond (although I won’t be keeping up with the Kardashians for you. Just putting that out there.) Along with some talented digital college interns from across the U.S., we’ll be writing about social trends that are relevant to YOU – whether it’s a video that one-ups the Honey Badger (I don’t know if this is possible), or the best cheap burger places to eat around campus after French class (oui, s’il vous plait). If I could’ve eaten my way to a college degree, I would have.

A little background about me: I’m a bi-coaster, hailing from the east coast and currently living on the west coast. I grew up in the gorgeous Hudson Valley of downstate New York (right outside NYC), and studied at Boston University, so I’m all about the city life through and through.  If you’re a city campus dweller like I was, or spend your time on a fab campus that’s more rural, I want you to dish about your best tips too, so you can save mucho dinero for a fantastic #YOLO experience this summer.

This is where BookRenter comes in. Throughout the year, we’re relentlessly working to get you the best deals on your price-soaring textbooks with our flexible book rental periods, and free return shipping on all books. We even throw you some cash towards your next rental if you’re finished with books early – so you won’t see your money disappear into thin air at your campus bookstore buy back at the end of the semester.

So dive in with me and the BookRenter team – we’re pretty excited to have you. We’ll be sharing a ton of great info to come, and feel free to share your experiences with us too. Now let’s go get some cheeseburgers.

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And the “How to Survive Finals” Pinterest Contest Winner is…*Karen Hernandez* from the University of Rhode Island!

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We caught up with Karen after her big win to find out more about her love of Pinterest and just why Dr. Who is so cool. Here are some highlights about this flipping cool BookRenter.

Turns out, Karen LOVES the University of Rhode Island: “In only one semester I have found what seems like the perfect major for me (Environmental and Natural Resource Economics) and I couldn’t be happier!” However, when she saw the prices of the textbooks she would need her first semester, her “jaw was on the floor.” Based on recommendations from upperclassmen friends, she checked out BookRenter, did some price comparison with other companies, and discovered for herself that BookRenter always has the cheapest price. Such a smart bargain-shopper!

Karen’s an old pro at Pinterest since she’s been using it since October. Apparently it’s the new shiny way of “procrastinating and being productive at the same time.” (Hey, whatever happened to Facebook as the productive procrastination thing-to-do??) She even had a strategy for winning the contest; we won’t tell you the secret, but it involved some of her Facebook friends who “owe their Pinterest obsession to me, after all. :-) ”.

If you’ve checked out Karen’s winning contest board, you’ll notice a bit of a theme. So we couldn’t help but ask, “What’s so awesome about Dr. Who?”:

“If I had to choose one thing I love about Doctor Who, it would have to be the fandom. I have found that there is an unexplainable unity between fans of the show.”

Well, we hope she likes the personalized Finals Survival Kit we put together; there just might be a couple of Dr. Who-themed surprises in there…

Last but not least, Karen left “a virtual hug to all the smart consumers of BookRenter”: *hug*

Right back ‘atcha, Karen.

 

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