October 28, 2011

Life at Bucknell blogger Haley Beidel
Haley Beidel is posting regular updates to the Life at Bucknell Facebook page.

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By Molly O'Brien-Foelsch

LEWISBURG, Pa. - Meet Haley Beidel. She's a Bucknell University first-year student who loves to sing and play the ukulele. She says she's pretty much obsessed with the Beatles and the Phillies (sorry, Red Sox fans), and she's already taken a field trip to Washington, D.C., seen the coach from Remember the Titans and survived her first mid-terms.

Haley is chronicling her experiences on the Facebook page Life at Bucknell. Much like a traditional blog, the page highlights life at the University through a student perspective.

A singer and a volunteer
From a small town in New Jersey, Beidel is an a capella singer who has volunteered for the Special Olympics and other organizations. She once appeared on an episode of HGTV's Don't Sweat It, and, in high school she played the role of Sally Brown in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown."

Explaining why she applied to be the face of Life at Bucknell, Beidel said, "Last year, when I was trying to decide which college I wanted to attend, I was an avid reader of blogs. I loved reading about first-year students and their experiences through their transition into college. I signed up for Life at Bucknell because I wanted to give to others what Bucknell's blogs gave to me last year."

A great way to engage in conversation
In addition to Life at Bucknell, the readers can follow the lives of students around the world through the University's study abroad blogs. Seven students are currently blogging about their adventures off-campus in Italy, England, Germany, Scotland, France, India and Washington, D.C.

According to Robert Springall, dean of admissions, social media outlets like Life at Bucknell and the study abroad blogs are increasingly important tools for incoming classes of students.

"Prospective students, parents, families, alumni - everyone's on Facebook," said Springall.  "Social media is a great way for anyone with Internet or mobile access to get regular updates directly from a student, to engage in conversation and to learn firsthand about the incredible range of opportunities available to our students."

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