Wednesday, May 21, 2008
A messy room usually won’t win acclaim and prizes but for University of West Georgia sophomore Terence Rushin, his nightmare room became a dream after it won top prize in a Room Renovators contest sponsored by GoalQuest.
The national contest asked students to send in poetry, music and video describing why their room or apartment needed a makeover. Rushin, a College Park resident when not in school, sent in a video depicting his residence hall room titled “The Nightmare Room” and won thousands of dollars in furniture, clothes and electronics.
“This contest gave me something to strive and work hard for,” said Rushin. “When I saw that I won I could not believe it. I had to refresh the screen twice to make sure that I wasn’t imagining things. My heart started beating fast and a permanent grin formed on my face. I’m very happy and very thankful for this.”
Rushin’s loot has a place on anyone’s wish list. The 19-year-old won $1,500 to purchase new furniture and clothes, a MacBook, a PlayStation 3 game system, a flat screen television and an iPod. To see the winning video on YouTube, visit http://www.westgeorgialife.com/rr/entry/1372.
“It’s really cool to see that all the hard work I put into that video paid off,” said Rushin.
“It really shows me that if you put your mind to it, anything is possible. You just have to keep working toward it.”
GoalQuest provides innovative programs that help in retention, enrollment and recruitment of students in a variety of educational settings.
Dr. Scot Lingrell, associate vice president for enrollment management at UWG, began the GoalQuest program three years ago and has witnessed many success stories with UWG students and the educational programs.
“Not only has our relationship with GoalQuest been beneficial for individual students like Terence, it has also helped tremendously in our attempt to increase our recruitment of new students and our retention rates,” said Lingrell. “Students who engage with the program are more than three times as likely to come to UWG, and more than twice as likely to be retained after their first year.”
Last summer four UWG students won a GoalQuest summer internship in NYC that included a trip to Europe after working in the Big Apple for several weeks. For more information on UWG programs, visit www.westga.edu.