Edvisors Private Student Loans

Scholarship News

Pokémon Takes Over College Campuses


July 12, 2016
by Susan Dutca-Lovell
College students are on a campus-wide hunt, trying to catch 'em all with the latest mobile app craze, Pokémon Go. The 1990s kids' card game laid low the past several years and now people of all ages are catching Pokémon fever - it's even on the brink of overtaking Twitter when it comes to daily usage. From bathroom, to office desk and on campus, fans are finally living the ultimate dream: having Pokémon come to life and inhabiting our world.

College students are on a campus-wide hunt, trying to catch 'em all with the latest mobile app craze, Pokémon Go. The 1990s kids' card game laid low the past several years and now people of all ages are catching Pokémon fever - it's even on the brink of overtaking Twitter when it comes to daily usage. From bathroom, to office desk and on campus, fans are finally living the ultimate dream: having Pokémon come to life and inhabiting our world.

Pokémon Go lets players participate in an "augmented reality" that uses a smartphone's GPS to track players' locations and creates a virtual-Pokémon world on the screen. Players can view their physical surroundings as well as that of the Pokémon characters, and the goal is to catch them. Colleges seem to have caught the fever too and are embracing the trend. While focusing on campus safety and reminding students to pay attention to their surroundings, schools such as The University of Central Florida offered shuttle services to students who were playing Pokémon Go on campus during late hours. Some students have stayed out as late as 3 a.m. to play the game.

The buzz has "exploded" since last Thursday and according to Central Florida's campus police, "half of the community was tweeting about what was going on in Dallas; the other half was tweeting about Pokémon Go." Some believe that the game allows for even the most introverted, house body students to get out of their dorms and walk around campus, meet new people, and explore their campus. One student even went as far as claiming that students are "becoming more aware of things that are on campus because they have to walk to these different 'Poké Stops'."

Students aren't the only ones eager to play. College faculty like Samantha L. Jackson, a Coordinator for Academic-Advising Services at Central Florida is "currently on Level 10" and hopes to "level-up by the end of the day." Even the President of Wheaton College posted a photo on Instagram of a Poké Stop on his campus.

Pokémon Go is popular not only because it is easy to download, but also because it is free. If you have a passion for game design or computer science, check out our scholarships and download our FREE mobile app, too!

College is expensive, Scholarships.com is completely free. Pay for your college education with as much free college scholarship money as possible. By applying to all the awards you qualify for, you can be sure to not miss a single opportunity in paying for your college expenses - including tuition, fees, room and board. Get matched to college scholarships instantly and start applying today by conducting a free college scholarship search at Scholarships.com.

Discuss

Share your thoughts and perhaps thousands of students will benefit from your unique insight on the subject!



If you can read this, don't touch the following fields


 

Danone H.  on  7/27/2016 11:16:40 AM commented:

Pokémon Go is so great. I started playing Pokémon as a kid in the 90's, and for me and so many others it's opened a door to something we dreamed about since we were kids. Since so many of us have started playing were going outside more, meeting people we would've never met, and going to place we didn't think we would. Everyday I go to the park and sit outside and walk around for an hour or so. I'm meeting people and I'm so glad it's taken off like this. It's doing wonders for so many people.

Arianna A.  on  7/26/2016 7:59:34 AM commented:

Pokemon Go, let's face it, it's one of the most popular games out there now. All in less than a month. I've started Pokemon Go because i was such a nerd when it came to the original shows. So to hear that there's an app where you can actually travel and go look for Pokemon, and you can also battle and find gyms. I was excited, I downloaded the app immediately. Though the app wasnt wasn't easy to get a hold of. I mean first the servers would always go down and you would have to fight the app to actually work half of the time. Also your poor phone's battery life when decreased within 2-3 hours of playing your game (or less depending on your phone). Although there are so many problems with the app, you in up in the day happy that you caught a Pokemon, met some of your teammates (team Valor) and you got out of your house and not stay as a couch potato. I love this app I'm in level 11 no almost 12 n my Pokemon are getting stronger every time I travel a different state.

Jasmine B.  on  7/25/2016 2:20:43 PM commented:

Pokémon Go has taken over the lives of many since it's release in early July. It provides a common outlet for people of different backgrounds to gather together to "catch em all." I know the 1990's babies are experiencing nostalgic feelings while playing. It requires us to get out of the house and move around in order to progress in the game and achieve goals. You have to walk a certain amount of miles in order to hatch eggs. The game encourages people to travel to uncommon places in order to find rare Pokemon. There have been many safety concerns, so those who play need to be cautious of their surroundings.

Zyon J  on  7/24/2016 8:51:42 PM commented:

Pokemon Go universe is a wonderful game that forces people to go places they wouldn't typically go, therefore exposing then to me things and experiences. Pokemon Go is also an amazing stress reliever. This game also forces you to exercise. The game is designed so you have to walk to achieve certain goals. If this game continues it could maybe one day end child obesity. This game is one of the best made but be sure to beware of your surroundings at all times.

Dominick M  on  7/22/2016 4:50:16 PM commented:

'Pokemon Go' has changed thousands, maybe even millions of people's life's, all in a short span of about a week. 1990s babies are almost adults or they're perhaps people whom already have obtained degrees from credited universities. They've grown up but that doesn't mean that the thing that used to give them happiness can't give it to them now. From experience, I have went to places I never really imagined I would go because of 'Pokemon Go' and along with that I have met people who also enjoy Pokemon and the game on the phone. The game can easily make you connected with people just by having you and someone else both going after another wild Pidgey, even if you both already fifty.

Alan-Mykel Bond  on  7/14/2016 4:50:49 PM commented:

The Pokemon Go universe is an unique application that has its multiple use of benefits. This app has a way of getting the user to experiment with their imagination and also go to places that is not an everyday idea towards them. The app is still growing and updating to make it better for trainers. Soon to have a trade system and possibly use the camera feature to help identify new Pokemon you've missed training. The game is brand new still, but the creatures have made it clear that as you go for some fresh air and different horizons to be aware of your surroundings and environment at all times. I believe this game is the next big marketing step towards Nintendo's growth and making improving games and systems. Possiblities are endless and how the game begins with the three main starters of the Kanto region plus Pikachu if you adventure during the start instead of choosing charmender, squirtule, or bulbasuar. This game possesses new heights, but again be aware of your surroundings to prevent endangerment of both yourself and others.

Tamara R.  on  7/14/2016 9:10:02 AM commented:

The Pokémon Go universe has made quite the change in the lives of many people, from bringing those who have refused to leave their rooms in the past out into the sunlight and fresh air to helping them communicate with others whom already share a common interest. This new application and game does create a new virtual world that aides in the real world but also possesses some dangers, to those fellow Pokémon trainers: be alert of your surroundings!

zcasavant  on  7/13/2016 8:36:08 PM commented:

It's quite amusing- but also pretty ingenious- that the main thing driving kids out of their dorms and homes is an app!! Welcome to the new generation! I am stil holding back from downloading it, but every day I become a little...... bit..... weaker......

Oscar C  on  7/13/2016 10:28:37 AM commented:

I am not surprised. just another money making gimmick with a facade of being good for people - going into nature and enjoying the world "without the game", getting into exercise programs and healthy eating habits, as well as relaxing and meditating would be my recommendation.

Sierra S  on  7/13/2016 7:12:36 AM commented:

I think it's a good way for kids to get exercise as well as interacting with other Pokemon people!

Adrienne K  on  7/13/2016 6:59:31 AM commented:

Recently the app Pokemon Go was made available to everyone last week. Something I've noticed in the past few days about that app is that it is extremely addicting. I haven't downloaded it yet and I probably won't because I think the app would put me in danger. The reason that I think that because the app takes you places and Heaven forbid it takes me somewhere unsafe. Like the middle of the road or a shady neighborhood. I also read an article about two men who used the app to try and break into a woman's home. I'm not trying to convince anyone to get off the app or anything, I just want others to proceed with caution when they use this app .

Quyen T  on  7/13/2016 1:50:27 AM commented:

At first, I thought it's just one of those Pokemon games where your avatar is located in a made up world. But I didn't expect the game to take place right here in a location I'm in. the game creator even added actual landmarks from around my town as poke-stops and gyms. It is impressive enough for the world to get hooked on this ap.

Taylor W  on  7/13/2016 12:27:57 AM commented:

I've loved Pokemon since I was 5, so the past 15 years! This game is a dream come true and has so much potential. I cannot wait to battle and hopefully trade with others. What I think would be pretty neat is for Pokemon to appear visibly in front of you using virtual reality!

Brianna E  on  7/12/2016 2:47:29 PM commented:

I think that Pokemon Go is a great way to get people out of the house and on there feet. It gets people of all ages the extra exercise that we need in a fun and creative way!! It challenges the users strategy skills and pushes them to have more endurence!!

Brianna E  on  7/12/2016 2:46:58 PM commented:

I think that Pokemon Go is a great way to get people out of the house and on there feet. It gets people of all ages the extra exercise that we need in a fun and creative way!! It challenges the users strategy skills and pushes them to have more endurence!!

Ben L  on  7/12/2016 2:26:34 PM commented:

I believe Pokémon Go has become so popular because it is easy and fun to play. Not only are Pokémon fans having fun with this app, but people who have never played or heard of Pokémon before are getting into it. Social media these today is all about keeping up with the latest trends, if thousands of people are obsessed with this game, its going to make someone download this game and find what its all about.

The coronavirus pandemic has affected nearly everything about college – and for some schools, that includes tuition. Beyond tuition freezes or removing application fees, these colleges have gone one step further in reducing costs for their students. A tuition discount recognizes not only the economic difficulties many students and their families are facing due to COVID-19, but also acknowledges that mostly or entirely online classes are generally not perceived as being worth the same amount of money as a full residential college experience. Some of these institutions also plan to offer additional scholarship funding to the students who need it most.

Schools Offering Tuition Discounts This Fall

August 14, 2020 11:41 AM
by Izzy Hall
The coronavirus pandemic has affected nearly everything about college – and for some schools, that includes tuition. Beyond tuition freezes or removing application fees, these colleges have gone one
You may be surprised to learn that many of your fellow college students struggle with hunger. About 1 in 5 students are affected by food insecurity. In a normal time, not getting enough to eat can impact students’ grades, health and ability to finish their degrees. And a loss of campus jobs, housing and meal plans due to the pandemic puts more students in danger of going without the food they need. That’s where student-run food banks and pantries come in.

Student-Run Food Banks Making a Difference on Campus

August 11, 2020 10:57 AM
by Izzy Hall
You may be surprised to learn that many of your fellow college students struggle with hunger. About 1 in 5 students are affected by food insecurity. In a normal time, not getting enough to eat can
Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, founder of the Giving Pledge charity, has been looking to donate her considerable wealth to worthy causes. Among the charities and institutions where she has donated money are a number of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), including Howard University and Tuskegee University.

Charitable Donations to HBCUs from Noted Philanthropist

August 6, 2020 11:29 AM
by Izzy Hall
Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, founder of the Giving Pledge charity, has been looking to donate her considerable wealth to worthy causes. Among the charities and institutions where she has donated
The federal work-study program is a way in which college students can work part- or full-time while simultaneously attending school in order to help pay for college-related expenses. The program, available at the undergraduate, graduate and professional level, may face some changes amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

College Work-Study Jobs Face Changes During Pandemic

August 4, 2020 4:04 PM
by Susan Dutca-Lovell
The federal work-study program is a way in which college students can work part- or full-time while simultaneously attending school in order to help pay for college-related expenses. The program,
Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the current chairman of the Senate education committee, has recently proposed the Student Loan Repayment and FAFSA Simplification Act, a piece of legislation that would allow students with no income to forgo federal student loan repayments. His recommendations, which he developed with bipartisan support, would also simplify the FAFSA and reduce the number of federal loan repayment options from nine to two.

Senator Outlines Student Loan Relief in New Proposal

July 30, 2020 11:49 AM
by Izzy Hall
Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the current chairman of the Senate education committee, has recently proposed the Student Loan Repayment and FAFSA Simplification Act, a piece of legislation
Have your financial circumstances changed due to COVID-19? You’re not alone. Many students and their families have faced unemployment, reduced job hours and general loss of economic stability in the wake of the pandemic. And as the FAFSA determines your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) based on income from the previous year, students may have greater financial need now than they did when they initially filed for federal aid. Unfortunately, the deadline to submit the FAFSA passed at the end of June. However, it is not too late to appeal your student financial aid from your chosen institution.

It’s Not Too Late: Guide to Appealing Financial Aid

July 28, 2020 1:20 PM
by Izzy Hall
Have your financial circumstances changed due to COVID-19? You’re not alone. Many students and their families have faced unemployment, reduced job hours and general loss of economic stability in the
The FAFSA is a critical tool for both applying to colleges and applying to scholarships – in fact, need-based scholarships often require that you submit the FAFSA as part of your application. So, in a time of economic uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, it’s surprising to learn that many low-income and minority students did not submit the FAFSA for the upcoming academic year even though they would’ve been eligible for federal aid. At Scholarships.com, we don’t want students to miss out on any form of college financial aid. Applications for the next academic year will open soon, so get prepared by reviewing these FAFSA facts.

The FAFSA: Why You Should File (And How!)

July 23, 2020 3:47 PM
by Izzy Hall
The FAFSA is a critical tool for both applying to colleges and applying to scholarships – in fact, need-based scholarships often require that you submit the FAFSA as part of your application. So, in
While the CDC has not finalized their guidelines for reopening schools for the Fall 2020 semester, the New York Times discovered an unreleased document in which the organization reviews the safety protocol of a handful of institutions of higher education. How are the reviewed schools planning on confronting the coronavirus on campus this fall?

CDC Reviews Higher Ed Reopening Plans for Fall 2020

July 21, 2020 11:47 AM
by Izzy Hall
While the CDC has not finalized their guidelines for reopening schools for the Fall 2020 semester, the New York Times discovered an unreleased document in which the organization reviews the safety