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Tweet Your Way To The Top

USA Today reported that the University of Iowa has replaced the second essay on its application with a tweet. Jodi Schafer, the director of admissions at University of Iowa, stated “We’re hoping that incorporating social media into the process will bring back some of the creativity.” For those students who are not interested in attending University of Iowa, there are other ways to earn scholarship money through Twitter. For instance, KFC is willing to give $20,000 to a student who explains why they need the scholarship in a single tweet.

This innovative use of social media challenges students to convey their need for scholarship in 140 characters or less. Considering that 2011 graduates are buried in an average debt of $22,900, which is the most amount of debt for a graduating class,  any student would be happy to receive scholarship by simply writing a tweet.

Note to WRM students: tempting though it is, your term papers will not be replaced by term tweets.

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