The 2017 InternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest Winners Announced
November 22nd, 2017 by Juncal Caballero

InternationalStudent.com just announced the winners of their 12th annual Travel Video Contest! Two weeks ago the International Student Team announced the top 15 finalists, including the $1,000 Viewers’ Choice winner, Juan Sebastian Bayona Carrillo. Today, we are proud to announce the final winners have been selected. Choosing three winners among those 15 amazing videos was a difficult decision for the judges, but we are sure you will be pleased with the videos chosen. Are you ready to find out if your favorite video was chosen as one of the winners? Let’s check it out!

The $4,000 grand prize winner was Dini Restyanti  for her video “Finding My Ikigai”

Dini studied Visual Communication but even after she got her degree she never felt completely fulfilled. She was missing something in her life and that is when she realized that she needed to look for her Ikigai, which in Japanese means “a reason to wake up in the morning”. And she found it! Dini will walk away with the $4,000 grand prize to help her study animation in Japan.

The second place winner ($500) was Laura Rey for her video “Drawing My Trip”

At the age of 16, Laura decided to study Film and Television since she always felt admiration for Disney movies. Today, her biggest dream is to become a producer in the cinema industry and that is why she wants to study in Los Angeles. Laura will receive $500 to help her pursue her dream!

The third place winner ($250) was  Eliel Freer-Sullivan for his video New York, New York, My American Dream

Eliel is an aspiring musician with both vocal and musical talents. He is already studying in Atlanta but he is looking to pursue his passion by attending a music school in New York City. Watch his video and get to know his story through his song!

Congratulations to each of the winners of the 2017 InternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest! Next year InternationalStudent.com will host again their annual Travel Video Contest and you won’t want to miss it out! Check back September 2018 for your chance to enter the contest!


Sales Shopping
November 17th, 2017 by Felicity Bradstock

 

For a student on a budget there’s nothing better than sales shopping. Black Friday is here, Cyber Monday will follow shortly and Christmas is just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about gifts!

Battling the crowds in-store might sound like a nightmare but as a student you likely have to budget and there are many fantastic online deals for you to snap up over the next couple of weeks. So, think about what you want and follow our game plan for this Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Where to shop?

Amazon

When is Amazon ever a bad idea? The great thing about Amazon is that everything’s in one place. Also, there’s free delivery if you spend over $25! Black Friday deals last for the whole week and span across all departments.

If you’re a first-time Amazon Prime (Amazon’s premium service) user you can sign up for the free or discounted trial and get free delivery. With Prime you can also access their video, music and kindle services for free. Just make sure you cancel at the end of your free trial so you don’t get charged! Amazon makes it easy to cancel with an option through your Prime account that allows you to set up an automatic cancellation on the last day of your trial from the very first day.

n.b. It’s might be worth keeping your Prime membership if you regularly buy College books from Amazon. Think about saving further by using all the Prime services and cancelling parallel memberships such as Netflix and Spotify.

Uniqlo

Uniqlo is a great store for affordable winter-wear. With much of their heattech (thermal) clothes and winter jackets on sale this is a great place to buy all of you last minute winter warmers. Not only do you get discounts online from 17th – 22nd November 2017 but if you’re a first-time buyer they also offer a $10 discount (with a minimum spend). To save money you can collect in-store if you leave nearby, otherwise shipping is generally priced at $5.

Walmart

Maybe the king of Black Friday, Walmart offers in-store, online and in app offers across all departments. Whether you want to splash out on a TV or buy a stocking filler, there’s an option for everyone. To check out the best deals from your phone, Walmart has released a handy app (available on iOS and Android).

BestBuy

Finally, we come to BestBuy. Another tech-heavy option but with some excellent promotions for cyber Monday. There’s a huge variety here, from quirky gadgets and cheaper games to high-end consoles. This is a great shop for Christmas gifts, or something for you!

Comparison

Think about using a comparison app such as Honey or ShopSavvy. These kinds of apps provide information about the best online sales and often offer additional discounts. Honey is currently the market leader, although reviews are mixed to make sure you check the terms and conditions of any discounts you use. Shop Savvy gives you price and product comparisons for you to make your own decision on where to shop.

For the best technology deals this year check out the Wired article for reviews and price comparisons. Wired is a great source to use when searching for new technology, with reliable guidance and reviews.

Remember

  •  Remember to browse online before committing to a purchase during these sales events. As good as one promotion may look, there could be a similar deal elsewhere.
  • Always shop at reputable stores. If you’re unsure about the credibility of a website, look for online reviews before entering your personal details.
  • Don’t get carried away! Think about what you’re looking for and your budget before you start shopping. Remember who you have to buy gifts for before squandering all your cash elsewhere!

 

Have a great Holiday weekend!


The 2017 InternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest Finalists and Viewers’ Choice Winner Announced
November 8th, 2017 by Juncal Caballero

Do you remember our post about the InternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest? As you may remember, students from around the world submitted a short video sharing a proposed study abroad trip or for those already studying abroad, a trip they would like to take. The deadline was on October 13th and today we are ready to announce the the Viewers’ Choice winner along with the 14 finalist!

We are excited to announce this year’s Viewers’ Choice Award video: Making the US my new home where Sebastian Bayona. As an international student from Peru currently studying at Oklahoma State University, he shares his experience about what it means to move abroad and leave your friends, family, and home behind. He talks about how important it is to overcome homesickness, and how he’s really enjoyed the experience of making the US his new home.

Be sure to check out this great video, along with the other finalist videos. Every year, the contest gets bigger and bigger, and this year we had even more entries than last year! This year is not going to be an easy decision for our InternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest judges as it’s now in their hands to choose who is going to be the winner of the 2018 Travel Video Contest. Stay tuned during International Education Week to find out who will be awarded $4,000 to help their travels abroad.

If you’re interested in entering this Travel Video Contest next year make sure you sign up to receive the latest alerts from InternationalStudent.com.