Phoneless Frenzy Essay Contest

Phoneless Frenzy Essay Contest

Ever wonder what life would be like without a phone? Would you spend more time with friends? Making art? Tell us in less than 200 words: you could win big. Enter by April 30th, 2019.

Open to: All high school and transfer students


To enter this contest, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Current high school students and transfer students
  • Ages 14 and up
  • Must have a complete CollegeFindMe profile

Parent/Guardian Consent

  • Participants aged 18 and below must have a parent/guardian’s consent

Essay Length

  • 200 words or less


  • The essay should be submitted to ‘[email protected]’ with the subject line ‘April Contest Submission’
  • The consent form should be attached to the email.
  • Single entry per student
  • The submitted document should be a word file or google drive doc along with the participant’s name on the top.
  • Essays must be submitted no later than April 30th, 2019 at 11:59pm EST.
  • To learn more about our scholarship and contest rules, visit the Summary of Key Rules.

Winner Selection:

  • Winners will be selected based on their ability to demonstrate thoughtfulness, creativity and proper grammatical usage.
  • Winners will be notified via email on May 15th, 2019.  
  • Once the winners are selected,  they will be asked to provide a picture we can use on our social media channels and website.
  • Winner will be asked to provide a picture and a brief testimonial to be used on our social media channels and website.
  • The winner will be required to provide a photocopy of their current student ID to verify their eligibility.


  • One winner will receive a $100 gift card.
  • The winner will be announced in CollegeFindMe’s monthly e-newsletter and on the Scholarship Winners page.

To stand out with college admissions teams and to learn more about colleges and the application process, visit us at

CollegeFindMe Monthly Contest: Dream Big

Passion is one of the key drivers in achieving your dreams and goals. For this month’s contest, we are asking you to share with us one thing that you’re passionate about and why.  


To enter this contest, you must meet each of these requirements:

  • Current high school student (provide current high school photo ID)
    • Non-US students are welcome to participate!
  • Ages 14 and up
  • Must have a completed CollegeFindMe profile

Parent/Guardian Consent

  • Participants aged 18 and below must have a parent/guardian’s consent

Essay Length

  • 200 words or less


  • The essay should be submitted to ‘[email protected]’ with the subject line ‘March Contest Submission’
  • The consent form should be attached to the email.
  • Single entry per student
  • The submitted document should be a word file or google drive doc along with the participant’s name on the top.
  • Essays must be submitted no later than March 29, 2019 at 11:59pm EST.

Winner Selection:

  • Winners will be selected based on their ability to reflect thoughtfulness and creativity in their essays, all while keeping in check grammar and spelling aspects.
  • Winners will be emailed on April 5th, 2019.  


  • First place will receive a $100 gift card
  • Second and third place will each receive a $25 gift card

To stand out to the college admissions team, learn more about colleges and the application process, visit us at

CollegeFindMe is hiring high school students to work remotely!

Gaining work experience while in high school is invaluable. The CollegeFindMe internship program is a great way to learn how to balance your school and work schedule, to gain confidence in your conversation skills, and to demonstrate your work ethic on your college application.

In this role, you’ll be responsible for inviting friends and classmates to complete profiles on the CollegeFindMe platform within a 3-week time period. Every Friday you’ll submit a report to CollegeFindMe of how many students you’ve reached out to.

You set your own goals and you will be compensated accordingly (see the chart below). You’ll also receive an internship completion letter.  


The following outlines how much you’ll be paid based on the number of students that complete the required profile on the CollegeFindMe platform. It’s important to note that each student you recruit must complete the required profile section on the CollegeFindMe platform in order for you to be compensated. If you recruit less than 5 students, you will not be paid.  

  • 5 students: $10
  • 10 students: $25
  • 20 students: $50
  • 30 students: $75
  • 50 students: $125
  • 60 students: $150
  • 75 students: $200


  • Must be a high school student. High school ID is required.
  • Demonstrate a high level of self-motivation and organization to achieve goals.
  • Good communication and social skills: personable and able to connect with other students.


  • Invite freshmen, sophomores and juniors from your high school to become members on CollegeFindMe. All students must complete the required profile section in order to be compensated.
  • Update a weekly progress report (template and instruction provided by CollegeFindMe) and submit to CollegeFindMe every Friday by 5pm EST.


How can I apply? When can I get started?

Click here to complete the application and someone from CollegeFindMe will reach out to schedule an interview if you’re selected to move forward. If you’re hired, you’ll sign a work agreement (under the age of 18 requires parental consent) and you’ll receive training by phone from a CollegeFindMe team member. Your start date begins when we receive your signed work agreement (and parental consent letter if required).

What happens if I don’t recruit 5 students within 3 weeks from my start date?

If you do not recruit five students to complete the required profile on the CollegeFindMe platform within 3 weeks of your start date, you will not be compensated.

Is it possible to get an extension for this project?

No extensions! Your 3-week work period starts on the day you sign your work agreement (including parental consent letter if under the age of 18).

How will I be compensated if the number of students I recruit is between two incentive levels?

Once 5 students have completed their required profile on the CollegeFindMe app, you’ll work towards the next incentive level. If you do not reach the next incentive level, you will receive $2 for each student who completes the required profile.

For example, if you recruit 18 students, you receive $25 for the first 10 students who complete the required profile, then you receive $2/student for the remaining 8 students that completed profiles. You’ll receive a total of $41 = $25 + ($2*8).

What happens if I exceed the maximum goal by recruiting more than 75 students?

When you exceed recruiting 75 students that complete the required profile, you will receive $3 per student that completes the required profile. For example, if you recruit 80 students within 3 weeks, your payment will be $215 = $200 + ($3*5).

Can I get an internship completion letter after the 3 weeks?

Yes, we’ll email you an internship completion letter if you’ve recruited at least 5 students with completed required profiles. We can also provide a recommendation letter upon request.

Anything else I need to know?

  • This is a project-based internship that requires you to work remotely and manage your schedule.
  • A parental consent letter is required for students who are under 18 on the day of signing the work agreement.
  • Payment is only for students that complete the required profile sections on CollegeFindMe. There will be no payment for incomplete profiles.

Any questions? Email [email protected].

Socializing 101 in College

By Ashley Fortune, CollegeFindMe Intern

Goodbye High School, and Hello College! As an up and coming freshman, College is a whole different experience than the last four years endured with your childhood friends. Now, you’re living in a dorm, away from home, even if you are close, you’re finally receiving that long waited independence. Also, there’s one other thing that college has that your old high school doesn’t, and that’s a bunch of new people! Depending on who you are, this may be the most exciting or the most intimidating experience you’ve faced in your life. Don’t worry though! Whether you are an avid socialite or a quiet introvert, here are some social tips to help you start friendships with your new peers.

Go Out!

Look out for all the hot spots on campus every weekend. Start talking to people on your dorm floors. Talk to people in classrooms. Start a nice chat in the cafeteria. Don’t be afraid to small talk at sporting events. Even give a small “hello” in the corridors. Go out with groups to parties or alone in the library to help meet someone who will catch your eye. Even if you’re not the social butterfly, try stepping out of your bubble. Again, this isn’t high school anymore. College is a place of independence, so use it wisely. As the new student in campus, you never know who you’ll meet along the way. Keep your eyes and your options open to meeting new people.

Slow and Steady

Take your time with every new friendship. There’s literally no rush into making new friends. Take some time to engage yourself with other people. Get to know every person individually when you have the chance, in order to have an individualized friendship with each one.  You don’t know everyone on campus like in high school, so don’t try to make them like your high school friends either. College is a new scene with new opportunities. Slow and steady always wins the race when it comes to making a new friend!

Be Open

Remember, the people on campus won’t have the same personalities or mindsets as your old high school peers. Therefore, don’t be afraid to meet a whole range of new people! Everyone from the popular athlete to the shy bookworm could introduce you to so many perspectives and adventures. Be willing to be introduced by roommates, and don’t be shy to introduce yourself.  With this being said, don’t change your expectations for these new people as well. Friends are a reflection of how you see yourself, and how you treat yourself. Overall, go into college with the same morals and values that you held for yourself since the beginning, and the right friends that you meet will respect them accordingly.

Stay True To Yourself

The best personality trait that you could bring into your next four years is to be you. People are drawn to genuineness, and it shows truly. If you feel like you’re becoming someone you’re not familiar with, move on and find a new crowd. Be honest and open with those you care about, love the perspective of yourself that you’ve made, surround yourself with great people and embrace yourself!

Be Safe

Never be afraid to say “No” to the things that you don’t want to do. Stay in your comfort zone. Be responsible and know your limits. College can truly be a fun experience, but it’s good to keep in mind a few tips to keep you and others safe over the years. Stray away from the crowds that are unsettling, and surround yourself with people who want the best for you always.

Final Thoughts: Have Fun!

College can be both a fun and an intimidating experience for everyone, which it’s why it’s important to go into every social experience with an open mind but a few tips alongside you. Whether you find yourself at a large urban university or a small rural scene, remember, have fun, be safe and be true to yourself!

Now, go out and happy socializing!

CollegeFindMe allows students to showcase themselves beyond test scores and colleges to find their best-fit students. Sign up at for more information. You can also reach us on Facebook,  Instagram,  Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and  Snapchat.

Optimist International Essay Contest

Deadline: February 28, 2019
Award: $2,500
Provided By: Optimist International

The Optimist International Essay Contest is open to students who are under the age of 18. To be considered for this award, you must write an essay of between 700 and 800 words on the topic, “When All the World’s Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?” and submit it to your local Optimist Club.


Coping With College Decision Letters

By Jobed Elien, CollegeFindme Intern

Rejections, acceptances, and waitlist are all an essential part of the college process. Many of us will face one of these decisions in our path towards a college education. Now while you may juggle a combination of the three, it is critical how you handle these decisions. In this blog, I’m going to give you a list of ideas that can help you cope with the hardest of these potential results: rejections and waitlists. Believe me or not but each option has its pros and cons depending on the person and their situation. Let’s dive in!

The Collateral Beauty Behind Rejection

Now let’s start with rejection letters. Yes, they may seem bad based on the fact that you are being denied the chance of attending that given university. Yet, it is important to know that there are many reasons why the decision came out the way it did. It may just be that you as a person do possess the qualities they’re looking for. Now, here is the plan. So what should you do? Rather than continuing to weep and cry about not getting in, use the rejection to help give you another perspective. You are amazing! Remember that, and continue your college application process. Some benefits from being rejected from a school could be based on the location of the school, financial aid, school size, and many more factors. Sometimes getting accepted to a school means that you will have to overlook other great schools. It also narrows downs your options which isn’t necessarily bad because then you can focus on fewer schools.

Regarding waitlists, there are also many benefits that people may not take into consideration when it comes to receiving this letter. When getting waitlisted, it’s the school needing more time to decide whether or not you’re going to be a good fit into their institute. This can allow you to also re-evaluate your college list and revisit the factors needed for a successful time in college. Also, by acknowledging that you are still among the applicant pool, you can continue being hopeful. Notably, colleges would like to see that you’re continuing to show your dedication to the school by taking part in some of their outreach opportunities.

Final Note

So when being declined or waitlisted, do not automatically assume the worst because it won’t help the situation. If you decide to use some of these suggestions when receiving these decisions it will help you cope with your situation.

Remember, that you are as great as anyone else in that pool. If a college fails to recognize your worth as both a student and person, then so be it. Besides, they’re the ones missing out: you’ll find a school that is just as great, and maybe better!

CollegeFindMe allows students to showcase themselves beyond test scores and colleges to find their best-fit students. Sign up at for more information. You can also reach us on Facebook,  Instagram,  Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and  Snapchat.

Necessities For College

Necessities for College

By Jay KC, CollegeFindme Intern

College is a new thing for everyone that goes through, so naturally, there are a bunch of unexpected things you need for it. I am here to tell you about some essential items to bring that will make this process more comfortable for you guys. These items will range from some of the obvious things to some of the more obscure things.

First Aid Kit

The first, and most important, necessity you need for college is a first aid kit. You never know what is going to happen at college, and it’s always good to have back up plans. A first kit aid is a health back up plan. If you ever happen to get a cut, a burn, or a fall, the first aid kit would have everything you need to address the issue. Instead of going to find a nurse or clinic, you can fix the problem yourself. There are plenty of places to buy first aid kits, and sometimes you can make them yourselves so it would fit more of your typical health problems.

Toilet Paper

This might seem like something weird, but trust me this might be the best tip from this article. Colleges typically supply their students with only one-ply toilet paper. If you are someone who despises one-ply toilet paper, this tip is going to come in handy. If you are someone who prefers one-ply toilet paper, then I am going to have to question if you are a monster. Always keep the two-ply toilet paper near your toiletry, so whenever you have to run to the communal bathroom, you can take it with you. This will help prevent you from the discomforts of weak toilet paper.


I know you might wonder why would you need snacks if universities offer plenty of them, but you still want to make sure you have some food that you enjoy. Some universities don’t provide the best snacks, so keeping some with you will ensure you have food to eat that you like. The best part is you get to keep it in your room so you wouldn’t have to travel all the way to a food hall or somewhere else to grab snacks if you are the hungry. This advantage serves best for a midnight snack where you can just get up walk a couple feet, eat quickly, and go back to bed.


Everyone in college has an electronic that needs charging. That is why having chargers is vital in college. As a student, you likely will have a minimum of two electronics with you that need charging: a phone and a computer. The phone to stay in touch with your friends and the computer to store your notes, assignments, and Netflix. That means you need to have chargers with you at all times to keep these items going. To be safe, I would keep backups for both in case one of them breaks, or one of them gets lost.

Laundry Detergent

In college, one of the sad realities you face is that you have to remind yourself to do laundry, do your own laundry, fold your own clothes, iron them, and put them in drawers. At home, we would do certain parts of these, but not always all of them. One thing a lot of people tend to forget in this whole process is the laundry detergent. It is something our parents tend to buy, so it is always there for us. But, going to college means that you have to remember to purchase laundry detergent yourself.

Bottle(s) of Water

Now that you’re in a dorm, water might not be accessible like it was at your house. Sure, there might be a fountain down the hall from you, but continuously getting up every time you are thirsty to drink from a fountain is an annoying hassle. To avoid a situation like this, try to keep a big pack of waters or a water bottle that you regularly fill up to keep in your room. That will help avoid the multiple trips to the water fountain and keep you hydrated at all times.

The list of college essentials could go on and on, but I picked the ones that I feel like are the most important to people. Personally, I will definitely find myself using water, snack, and toilet paper tips because I am someone who doesn’t like being put in an inconvenient situation. Hope this list can give you a tip on the things you may want to bring!

$2,500 Scholarship: Share Your Opinion on Gun Violence

Deadline: February 28, 2019
Award: $2,500
Provided By: Do Something

You could win a $2,500 scholarship by submitting your opinion online about gun violence to commemorate the Parkland shooting anniversary. Simply share your thoughts in our portal and we will send it to your state’s elected officials. You’ll be helping elected officials understand how young people feel about this issue and automatically enter to win a $2,500 scholarship.