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Widener ranks top 10 in the Forbes #MyTopCollege social media contest.

This summer, the Widener community is taking to Twitter and Instagram to share their pride with the world.

Students, alumni, faculty, and staff are posting about the impact Widener has had on them, whether it’s the lifelong friendships forged, the eye-opening study abroad experiences, or how opportunities inside the classroom and out have helped place them on the path to fulfilling lives and successful careers.

It’s all part of the annual Forbes magazine #MyTopCollege national social media contest, which seeks to crown the college with the “buzz-worthiest school spirit.” More than halfway into the eight-week-long contest (it ends Aug. 9), Widener is ranked among the top 10 in the country.

How did we get here? Tweets like this one from alumnus David Almacy ’92…

Or this one from Aidan Hostetter ’19, a political science/international relations and French major… 

To participate in the contest, publicly tweet or post to Instagram using #MyTopCollege and tagging Widener’s main accounts - Twitter: @WidenerUniv; Instagram: @wideneruniversity.

Forbes counts one post per person per day. So daily posts are encouraged.

Some of the best posts are featured on Forbes’ website and shared on their social channels. Each week Forbes ranks the top 10 schools in the country, and at the end of the contest, will crown ultimate winners in three school-size categories.

Each week carries a specific impact theme. During week 3 (study abroad), communication studies major Sam DeVecchis ’19 posted about how Widener international study opportunities introduced him to travel and transformed his life: “The world opened up, my horizons expanded, I got to see completely new people, lifestyles, and mindsets. It changed me.... I am unfathomably thankful for the opportunities Widener has provided as they have irreversibly changed the course of my life and allowed me to grow in ways I never knew I could. SO THANKS WIDENER ❤”

Each of these stamps is thanks to Widener University. @wideneruniversity is competing in @forbes #mytopcollege social media contest looking at which college has impacted students the most. This week's theme is study abroad. Widener has honest to God given me some of the most amazing opportunities of my life. Widener of course can help you with full semesters abroad- but I appreciate the smaller trips Widener offers that range anywhere from weeks to months abroad in places like Costa Rica, Honduras, Germany, China, and so much more. I was pretty nervous going to Costa Rica the first time not knowing anyone or anything about Central America. If the trip was any longer than a week I'm not sure if I would have done it. But it was the perfect length for me to bite the bullet and go for it. Next thing you know, one unforgettable trip later, I came back with a lust to go abroad again. How could I not? The world opened up, my horizons expanded, I got to see completely new people, lifestyles, and mindsets. It changed me. Since then I have become a Teacher's Assistant on the Widener freshman Costa Rica trips- doing my best to give other students the same great experience I had. I'm going back to Costa Rica for my third time this August. I also just got back from living in Germany for two months through Widener's Greifswald exchange program which gave me the chance to travel to gorgeous locations all around Europe! I think an unintended benefit of all these Widener trips are the global connections I've made. I now have extremely amazing friends and contacts in places such as Costa Rica, Germany, Canada, Australia, Spain, Italy, Japan, and Brazil. That's the thing about going abroad- the connections you make in one country open doors and pave the way for your next journey somewhere else. All of this to say- I am unfathomably thankful for the opportunities Widener has provided as they have irreversibly changed the course of my life and allowed me to grow in ways I never knew I could. SO THANKS WIDENER ❤️

A post shared by Sam DeVecchis (@sam_devecchis) on Jul 4, 2018 at 7:35am PDT

During week 4 (friendship theme), alumna Diamond Schuler '18 posted this gem...

Faculty and staff members have also been sharing poignant as well as light-hearted reflections of Widener. Brent Satterlyassociate professor of social work, shared this tweet…

Darrell Spurlock, associate professor of nursing, posted about the commitment and dedication of his colleagues…

And, of course, President Julie Wollman has been actively tweeting about all the reasons Widener is her top college…

So join the chorus, and show the world what makes Widener such a special place.