August 26, 2014

Pay It Forward, Read It Forward

This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed, however, are my own and that of The Caro Diaries. 

On Saturday morning, I sat (along with all of the other RAs) with my residents and the entire class of 2018 while Wes Moore addressed them and welcomed them to QU. Wes' book, The Other Wes Moore, has been required reading for incoming freshman for the last three years, and having read the book myself, I found it particularly inspiring hearing him speak. The book discusses that he, and this other boy with the same name as him, had drastically different fates, despite growing up in similar neighborhoods and with a lot of similar factors. Wes, the author, was a Rhodes scholar, an officer in the U.S. Army, and many more among that, whereas the other Wes, chose a life of crime, and eventually a life-sentence in jail. 

Wes spoke a lot about how potential does not equal opportunity, and there are millions in the world with the potential to do something great, but with no means or resources to get there. And this hit home for me because it reminded me a lot of my home and the beautiful island of Trinidad and Tobago. It was a reminder for me that I am so blessed to be able to experience an education of a lifetime in the US, at a top private university, and I get to experience so many things that I know many people back home can only dream of. There's no doubt that people in Trinidad have great potential because I know they do. I had classes with them. I grew up alongside them. 

There's no doubt that college is expensive. Tuition is expensive, dorming is expensive, and books are certainly so ridiculously expensive - but every year, more and more professors and schools are accepting e-books. I'm not the kind of person who can learn much off of an e-book though, because I like highlighting, making notes in-book and learning as I go, and reading a book off my Kindle just doesn't do it for me. So McGraw-Hill Education's Smartbook, which is the first and only adaptive reading and learning experience designed to change how students read and learn. It continuously adapts to a student's study experience - highlighting content based on what you know and don't know. 

But one of my favorite things about the SmartBook is what I recently learned about McGraw-Hill's new Read It Forward campaign. With every purchase through their CourseSmart series by October 31, McGraw-Hill Education will donate a textbook to children in need all over the world. You buy a book, they give a book. Because of McGraw-Hill, we have the power to help educate children around the world, we can give them opportunities and the resources to help them reach their potential. 

McGraw-Hill Education supplied me with my own SmartBook to try it out myself, and I have to say it's super cool. Plus, by sending me the SmartBook, they also gave a textbook to a child in need - so it's even more rewarding to know that while I'm learning and expanding my mind, I'm allowing a child in need to do the same.

Plus, McGraw-Hill understands how broke college kids can be, and they're offering 15% your purchase with the promo code FORWARD14 from now til October 31. With our help, SmartBook will have an even greater impact on student education than ever before, and there's nothing more rewarding than that. 

Opportunity shouldn't overrule potential, and McGraw-Hill's Read It Forward is making sure of that. 

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  1. I'm also an RA and the required summer reading for my school was The Other Wes Moore as well! Textbooks really are so crazily expensive and I wonder when we students will finally demand that this change.

    Alyssa J Freitas

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