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MEET A MEMBER OF OUR TEAM: Katie McGwin

Title:  Intern
College and major:  I’m still enrolled at the University of Rhode Island.  I got my Bachelors in 2011 in Communications and Art with a minor in Business, and now I’m working on my Master’s in Communications.
Job responsibilities:  I deal with mainly our social media outputs, so that includes the blog, Facebook, and Twitter.  I also research and compose the research reports we put out.
Favorite part of the job:  There really aren’t resources out there for students that help them find an off-campus apartment, find roommates, or that help them make more informed decisions about off-campus living.  I feel like JumpOffCampus fills that need, and it’s cool to be a part of that.
Favorite type of music:  I’m really into RI local bands.  I also listen to a lot of indie rock/pop stuff like Miike Snow and Does It Offend You, Yeah?  Overall, I think my favorite, though, is Jimi Hendrix.
Favorite TV shows:  I just finished catching up on Modern Family.  I really like NBC shows like The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Community.
Favorite movies:  My favorite movie of all time is Sabrina with Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart.  I generally tend to like anything with those two in it. I also really enjoy the new Batman movies.
Hobbies:  I like painting, drawing, and photography.  I also really enjoy listening to music, finding new bands/artists, and going to see shows.
Favorite saying:  I totally ripped Nike off, but I live by the saying, “Just Do It.”  It really applies to everything.

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MEET A MEMBER OF OUR TEAM: Vincenzo “Cenzo” Vitiello

Title: Intern

Job responsibilities: As the second technical guy, my job consists of doing all sorts of backend and frontend programming in conjunction with whatever project Kyle is currently working on.

Favorite part of the job:  My favorite part of the job is definitely the environment. It is a blast to hang out and work with the small JoC team.

College and major:  I currently attend Tufts University; I will be a senior in the fall. I am on track to graduate with a degree in Computer Science through the school of engineering.

Favorite type of music:  I don’t know if I necessarily have a favorite genre of music, but I do make killer alternative playlists and according to friends I “have a mainstream taste in alternative music”. Still not sure if that’s a compliment or not…

Favorite TV shows: Currently I have been watching a lot of the USA network show Suits. Other shows that I enjoy watching repeatedly are Psych, Scrubs, and Archer.

Favorite movies: Thanks to my dad I love comedy movies from the 80’s such as Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Midnight Run, and Dazed and Confused. I also enjoy all of Hayao Miyazaki animated works such as Castle in the Sky, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Porco Rosso.

Hobbies: When I got to college I picked up Ultimate Frisbee through which I have competed at college nationals twice with the Tufts team. Before college, I played ice hockey for fourteen years and I still enjoy skating whenever I can.

Favorite saying:  “Laughter is the closest distance between two people” -Victor Borge

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MEET A MEMBER OF OUR TEAM: Rachel Goroff

Title: Marketing Intern

Job responsibilities:  Marketing research, promotion, sales

Favorite part of the job:  It’s interesting, I get to work on a bunch of different projects, and it’s fun to see the site grow!

College and major:  Bryant University- Marketing and management

Favorite type of music:  Anything but country

Favorite TV shows: Mad Men, Friends, The Office

Favorite movies: Pride and Prejudice

Hobbies: Traveling, Photography, Music

Favorite saying: Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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We’ve got a new look and some new features!

Our development team has been working tirelessly to make our website into a one-stop-shop for off-campus housing and keeping it looking good too!

Not only do we have a new look, but we’ve also got a ton of new stuff!  We’ve recently added a new roommate finder, where you can match yourself with other students.  All you have to do is take our roommate-matching survey.  This survey is based on research that we’ve conducted in relation to what students look for in a roommate and what universities tend to include in their roommate-matching surveys.

Once you’ve answered the questions and created a roommate profile for yourself, you can search through other students’ profiles who also attend your school.  We’ll even give you a compatibility score for each of the profiles you view so you know how compatible you and that person would be as roommates!

Last, but not least, we’ve added a ton of new stuff to our resources page.  You can view our blog entries and articles we’ve written that directly pertain to college students.  These resources will help to inform you about some of the most important things to consider when it comes to off-campus living.

This isn’t the end of it either!  We’ve got a lot of great stuff planned, so be sure to keep checking our website at www.jumpoffcampus.com!

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We need your help!

We’re still looking for participants for our survey in relation to on- and off-campus housing!  Just click on the link below to take the survey https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?pli=1&formkey=dGJqMjBHZjIyRGluNDlkbllsUFVQRlE6MQ#gid=0

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Apartment Hunting, JumpOffCampus

Apartment Hunting Checklist

Whether it is your first time renting or not, it can be difficult to determine what you should be looking for when it comes to your apartment search.  There are a lot of factors to consider, and this is why we’ve put together a checklist for you to bring with you when you start your search.

The checklist we’ve designed helps you to keep track of what the apartment includes, and provides you with a way to compare different properties all at once.    We have also included insider tips on the obvious and the not-so obvious things you should be looking for when you visit a property.

A checklist like this is a useful tool when you start your apartment search.  You should never rent an apartment based on appearance only, and you should never rent an apartment just based on photographs.  We always suggest that you actually visit the listing before you sign on the dotted line.  It is important that you make sure that the property is exactly as it was listed and that it fits your needs.

To download a copy of our checklist and to view other tips on apartment hunting, go to http://jumpoffcampus.com/resources/checklist.

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We need your help!

We’re currently working on some research in relation to on- and off-campus housing and we need your help!  We’re looking for either current students or those who have recently graduated (either in 2011 or even more recent).  If you fit this description, click on this link to take the survey https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?pli=1&formkey=dGJqMjBHZjIyRGluNDlkbllsUFVQRlE6MQ#gid=0 It should only take about 10-15 minutes to complete, and it’s really simple, we promise.

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