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June 20, 2016 Press Release Describing How Students Can Save Tens of Thousands of Dollars On College


Recent Rutgers Graduate Launches Kickstarter Campaign
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Save College Students Tens of Thousands of Dollars

HOLMDEL, New Jersey – June 20, 2016 – The dirty little secret of most colleges and universities is that a vast number of students do not graduate college in four years.  During open houses, most admissions officers will not even quote four year graduation rates.  If pressed, sometimes they may provide a six year graduation statistic.  According to the most recent published data from the National Center for Education Statistics, less than 40% of first-time, full-time students at 4-year postsecondary institutions graduate within four years. Sarah Waxman, a recent graduate from Rutgers University, believes she has an answer to help improve performance for college students and is launching a Kickstarter campaign to bring her ideas to market.

While many students struggle to complete the typical 120 credits required for graduation, Sarah completed over 187 credits and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rutgers University in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree while triple majoring in food science research, nutritional science, and biology – all in four years.

Most students are in class for only 15 hours per week.  Paradoxically, all of their free unstructured time, often results in poor study habits and a resulting overwhelming workload as deadlines and tests approach.  While many students quickly recognize the need to keep to do lists, without any structure in place, the to do lists often get out of control.  Faced with this challenge herself, Sarah was unable to find a student focused planner that truly helped with the extensive to do lists for most college students, so she decided to create her own planner.

Sarah described, “The unique feature of the planner I created is the ability to explicitly allocate time in your schedule for any to do item.”  She commented, “Such a simple concept, but amazingly powerful.”  By ensuring that any non-trivial to do item has a specific block of time allocated, students naturally develop better time management skills.  With adequate time to study and time to work on projects, students are better able to succeed in their classes so that they can meet the requirements of their major and graduate within four years.  As Sarah noted, “Many students don’t think about the tens of thousands of dollars that an extra year of college will cost plus the lost income from entering the job market a year or two later.”

Sarah decided to name her product the METIS Planner, named after the Greek Goddess of wisdom, planning, advice, and deep thought.  She is utilizing a crowd funding model using Kickstarter.  Kickstarter allows a product designer to present an idea and solicit supporters that agree to fund the project in return for some reward.  Of course, in Sarah’s case, the main reward would be a printed and bound copy of the 2016-2017 METIS Planner and access to the full METIS system which includes access to an on-line library of academic and college life tools.

Sarah even noted that she really wants to see students start to use the planner and as described on her Kickstarter page, she will provide a free digital print at home version to anyone who helps spread the word on social media.   The METIS Planner campaign has until July 15, 2016 to meet its funding target.  As Sarah discovered, “By staying organized and keeping ahead of all assignments, in four years students will be able to succeed and have more time to do what they want to do, creating an amazing college experience.”

Media Contact: Sarah Waxman or Harvey Waxman (Sarah’s Dad and design/business partner) | 732-739-2851
                              metisplanner@gmail.com | www.metisplanner.com |www.kickstarter.com/projects/1593587712/metis-planner-an-organizational-system-for-college

 

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