College Day 2011

About Our Winners:

There were two chances to win big at College Day 2011. Read on below for a little about last year’s winners, and keep an eye out for what’s coming in 2012!

Key to the City Winner – Priscilla Carrillo, Rowan University ’12

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“I never won anything in my life! I feel so blessed!”

And Priscilla Carrillo won it all, just for participating in Campus Philly’s College Day event in the fall. The Key to the City Winner received a wide range of prizes, including a Philadelphia Art Museum gift certificate, Eastern State Penitentiary passes, a Macy’s gift card, posters, and a mouse pad, among other freebies.

Carrillo is an enthusiastic student at Rowan’s Glassboro campus, studying psychology and law and justice. She’s a passionate people-person, immersed in dorm life as a resident assistant, where she can practice what she hopes to preach in the future.

Engaging with freshmen students and helping them adjust to college life reflects her leadership skills, as well as her intended career path as a school psychologist. With all Carrillo’s good karma, the Key to the City prize is clearly well-deserved.

During College Day, Carrillo enjoyed free access to Philadelphia attractions such as the Jewish American Museum, and even ventured off to explore her favorite neighborhood – Chinatown.

“Chinatown has so much food,” she says. “And I love trying new foods – like Shrimp Pad Thai.”

She also enjoys trying new sushi restaurants in the city, which has become a Philly tradition between Carrillo and her best friend.

“I love how diverse it [Philadelphia] is,” Carrillo states. “It makes me want to be a well-rounded person, and get out of my comfort zone.”

As the first member of her family to go to college, Carrillo strives to succeed in and out of the classroom.  She even interns at Volunteers of America, developing interpersonal skills and gaining experience in plenty of community-based programs.

After she graduates, Carrillo plans to attend graduate school either at Rowan or Rutgers University. “Jersey and Philadelphia have been good to me.”

And Priscilla Carrillo has been good to them.

Hard Rock Café Winner – Alexis Williams, University of the Arts, ’15

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After learning about Campus Philly at University of the Arts, Alexis Williams was eager to participate in her first College Day experience. On the early afternoon of September 24th, Alexis and her fellow freshman friends gathered at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to participate in Campus Philly’s major fall event. After taking advantage of free entry to museums and attractions, such as the Eastern State Penitentiary, Alexis and friends enjoyed a sweet ending to the day eating ice cream at Scoop Deville.

Little did she know, her participation in College Day would make her a winner of the Hard Rock Café gift certificate, and an interview with Campus Philly.

Originally from Long Island, New York, within close distance to New York City, Alexis has had a little taste of city life in the Big Apple. After making the decision to go to school in Philly to study film and screen writing, she says the transition to actually living in the city has been easy, especially in comparison to her previous experiences. “New York is too hectic,” Alexis declares. “Philadelphia is calmer and the people are nice.”

Since moving in late August, Alexis has become familiar with Philly by participating in events like College Day and immersing herself in cultural opportunities. In regards to her favorite place in the city, she says “South Street is always busy and has lots of shops.” Alexis loves to browse the abundance of jewelry shops and thrift stores for the latest fads.

With interests in writing, dancing, and fashion, the UArts freshman finds inspiration in Philly’s fabulous range of style. Alexis enjoys spending time downtown, checking out the fashion scene and attending musical theatre performances, like UArts’ production of “High Fidelity” at the Arts Bank Theater.

After she completes her undergraduate studies in 2015, Alexis plans to stay in Philadelphia and envisions herself as a stylist writer for a magazine or owning a film company.

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Photo © Kelsey Jones for Campus Philly

For Student Life
College Day, a Philadelphia tradition, is an opportunity for students to discover the heart of the city including its neighborhoods, cultures and educational opportunities, at little or no cost. Free museums and attractions, as well as student discounts, provide a backdrop for your team programming goals and activities.

The City of Philadelphia and retail and cultural institutions work with Campus Philly to make the day accessible and easy to understand for students.

Please contact Melanie Rago to request materials or assistance in program planning.

For Businesses
Be a part of College Day through the Campus Philly Discount Program! Become a year-round participant, or create an amazing discount or giveaway available exclusively to college students on September 29. Please contact Cara Donaldson.

For Cultural Institutions
Campus Philly wants to make students’ experience during College Day highly informative and eclectic, with introductions to as many cultural and educational opportunities as possible. Please contact Cara Donaldson if your institution is interested in opening its doors for free to college students on September 29.

College Day is sponsored by the City of Philadelphia.