A Priest, A Minister, and a Rabbi Walk Into A Bar…

20160509_121621Actually, there weren’t any religious figures, but there was a college student, his roommate, and a great idea.

Rho Kook Song and Paul Park are the co-founders of Freenters Inc.. They were college Rho and Paulroommates and fraternity brothers, at the University of Chicago, who wanted to create something that sparked the interest of young college students. By combining their bank savings and getting help from friends and family, they were able to jump start a new innovation.

Paul said they were very nervous and maybe a little introverted at first, but were quickly able to adapt to greeting people everyday and starting the business.

“We had this idea we just wanted to make a reality,” Rho said.

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They created Freenters, a way of
satisfying your daily printing needs while earning some cash, simply by using the driver to print ads on each page. Yet, the first model wasn’t what we’re used to today. Back in October 2013, they were able to start sending the first hardware models out onto 22 different college campuses in Chicago, Boston, and New York.

“Starting out, everybody who has never worked on a startup has a romantic view of startups,” said Paul. “I don’t think it’s for everybody.”

The growth of the business came to a halt when they experienced their first hack on the website. It may have been one of the most difficult periods in the company, but it made it stronger.

Paul laughed as he said, “This is why we can’t have nice things.”

They were only economic majors who had a lot to learn and today value the experience because it taught them to prioritize security and hiring people who could get the job done.

The original model was far from a total loss in the company, but rather a pivotal moment in Freenters success. Our co-founders entered into the University of Chicago’s College New Venture Challenge and won, winning $10,000 in support of their new start-up company. The competition brought them immense support from their university and they met their first investor.

In only a year, the growth of the company was great, but they wanted something more scalable to meet the demands of the market, hence the creation of the Freenters driver.

Rho admitted Paul being the more “tech savvy” of the two and Rho works hard to to supplement the numerous duties of a CEO, yet both equally contribute to new objectives and highly encourage their employees to collaborate on creative ideas as well.

Paul confessed that there are very new and exciting things coming to the public in the near future.

“We are currently serving the college market, but we know that they are not the only ones who print in the world, and many adults print everyday. The process has been limited to college students and people can look forward to the [expansion into] the household market.”

 

What To Do When You’re Blue

635941288691995957-1761224894_stressed-woman-under-stress-1000x600Honestly, college sucks. That’s the horrible truth that no one wants to admit. Although this is a brutal perception, it doesn’t mean you have to let reality get to you. When you feel like giving up, there are far more things to think about than how much college sucks.

Mid-terms are coming up, so you need to prepare early. Yeah, camping out in your school’s library day and night seems effective, but many college students in the past have made like a broom and overswept through their classes with this technique.

Rather than torturing yourself through your studies in the quietest, most secluded areas, try studying in a comfortable environment. Don’t let studying get you down because it can only hurt you. You can be like a mummy and listen to your favorite wrap music! Psychology Today explained a study showing that students’ memory can be indirectly improved when they are in a positive mood. Listening to your greatest playlist before a long study sesh can benefit you later on.

Another thing to help you survive is too not let your mind wander. It may seem soothing to start letting your mind run wild thinking, “Will adding 18 carrots to my soup turn it into gold?” but before you know it, you’ll stress more about all the time you’ve wasted not getting down to work. In time, you’ll be calculating the precise grade you have to get on your next three exams to barely pass the class. Stay focused to avoid your midterm blues!

Something that students often forget about tests is that you don’t have to study alone! Connect with someone from your class and quiz each other for maybe 30 minutes each day, a few days before the test. This can be in person, over the phone, or on a Skype call. This person doesn’t even have to be in the class you’re taking. A tip from USA Today College said that a good way to study is to go to an empty room and teach someone the material you’ve learned. The best way to know if you’ve learned your stuff is to go teach it to someone that knows nothing about it.

Something else to remember is that when you decide to dedicate time in your day to study for that midterm, that should be your sole focus. You can’t stress yourself out with the many worries of the world. Why can’t you borrow money from a leprechaun? It’s because they’re always a little short, but you don’t have time to worry about your lack of funds. Whenever you need extra cash, remember that you’ll have spare cash in your account when printing with Freenters, and get back to studying.

Finally, spread the midterm cheer! Try to keep your friends just as positive as you are during one of the most stressful times in college. If you enjoyed the random placement of corny jokes in this post, take a look at our post 10 Corny Jokes To Tell Your Cornier Friends for more and lighten someone’s day during midterms.

Today’s cornball jokes were inspired by 101 Corny Jokes found on Quotev.com.

Now, do you want to hear a joke about pizza?

Never mind, it’s too cheesy.