ROAD TRIP! Take Zipcar from Philly to the Slopes + these Winter Destinations

Philly is so centrally located – it’s just an hour from the beach for summer day trips, and just a couple hours from the mountains for skiing and snowboarding in the wintertime. By now you’ve probably realized that you do not need a car to live in Philly (thanks, SEPTA and walkability and bike lanes!) but for those weekends where you’re itching for an outdoor adventure, or just want the flexibility of having a car for you and your friends to get around, there’s Zipcar, and at a super affordable rate.

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How These Philly Student Entrepreneurs Manage to Do It All

We’re consistently impressed with the work ethic of Philadelphia college students. It seems like every day, we learn of a new student pursuing their passions, while managing a full course load and a busy schedule. So many students have a “side hustle” – whether it’s an app, a non-profit, or a compilation of freelance projects. Take a look at these Philadelphia students’ side hustles, and find out what gets them motivated – so motivated that they’ve used their creativity to build a company in addition to going to college full-time.  

Behind each company is an inspired student that used their knowledge and passion to create new innovative apps and services that help others.  Where will your entrepreneurial spirit take you?

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Part 1: What’s Your Philly Story?

College is an adventure – an adventure about the discovery, creation, and development of your story! Campus Philly is starting a new series called “What’s Your Philly Story?” where we share students’ stories of what brought them to Philly, why they love it here, and how they’re making the most of this awesome city.

We reached out to a few students from different schools and varying studies to tell us about their college experience, sharing what makes their education and story so special.

We want to hear YOUR story! Tag @CampusPhilly on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook or send us an email and tell us why you chose to go to school in Philly, and why you think this city is the best.

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Here’s How You Can Catch the Best Skyline Views… from a Boat on the Delaware River!

There’s no getting around it – Philadelphia has a pretty incredible skyline. Whether it’s from a vantage point on the South Street Bridge, one of the new skyscrapers in University City, or taking PATCO into the city, it’s almost impossible to not be in awe of Philly’s skyline views.

There are so many great spots for snapping a selfie with the Comcast Center in the background, but what if we told you that the best views of the city (and we mean the whole city) could be spotted from the Delaware River… on a boat?

We’ve put together a crawl through the historic Old City District below, hitting all the must-see sites representing Philly’s history you might have missed on your field trips, the must-eat treats you HAVE to try, and the BEST way to catch the city’s skyline views – on the Spirit of Philadelphia, a cruise that leaves from Penn’s Landing year-round. Continue reading “Here’s How You Can Catch the Best Skyline Views… from a Boat on the Delaware River!”

Three Fringe Festival shows to fire up your weekend

A special message from our partner, FringeArts:

By: Claire Shoyer
Photo credit: Ian Douglas


The 2018 Fringe Festival is in full swing! With 180+ curated and independent shows across 17 days and 8 neighborhoods of Philadelphia, it’s the perfect time to join in this celebration of contemporary performance. Here are 3 don’t-miss performances happening this weekend:

Variations on Themes from Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life and other works by John Bernd

Until his death from AIDS in 1988, multidisciplinary choreographer John Bernd stood at the forefront of New York’s experimental dance scene. Bernd’s onetime friend and collaborator Ishmael Houston-Jones and choreographer Miguel Gutierrez have mashed up Bernd’s work into a wholly new piece which explores the question: What would contemporary dance be like if the gay/dance communities hadn’t lost a whole generation of creators to the epidemic?

Variations on Themes is accompanied by a visual exhibit in the Christ Church Neighborhood
house lobby focusing on the AIDS crisis in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia chapter of ACT UP,
and local initiatives like Shut Up and Dance.

Sept 14 at 8pm, Sept 15 at 8pm, Sept 16 at 2pm
Christ Church Neighborhood House
20 N. American Street

Caen Amour
Choreographer Trajal Harrell uses the origins of modern dance to create an entirely new performance piece informed by the ritualized moves of dance-floor voguing and the Japanese dance-theater tradition of butoh.

Led by a cast of (mostly) male dancers performing as women, Caen Amour explores the line between artistic and erotic dance of the past, and imagines how erotic dancing of previous eras would look like today, exoticism and spectacle remaining intact.

Sept 13-14 at 7pm and 9pm, Sept 15 at 5pm and 7pm
FringeArts
140 N. Columbus Boulevard

The undergird
Choreographer Meg Foley’s seven-year development of improvisational performance practice culminates in a viscerally affecting new work about death and grief as bodily experiences. The undergird is a rhythmic and persistent celebration of where memory and imagination live inside the body and how they are remade real through moving ritual. The performance builds an intimate, highly physical space that undoes our understanding of time and loss and proposes that together we can bear almost anything.

Sept 13 at 8 pm, Sept 14 at 6 pm, Sept 14 at 9 pm, Sept 15 at 3:30 pm, Sept 15 at 6 pm, Sept 16 at 3:30 pm
Icebox Project Space
1400 N. American Street

If you need another reason to join in the fun, all Festival shows with prices higher than $10 will be offering student discounts! You can download the FringeArts app (available on the App Store and Google Play) to build your Festival schedule, see a map of all the performance venues, and take a look at our recommended partners. The Fringe Festival is an incredible opportunity to engage with Philadelphia’s performing arts scene, with such a wide range of financially and geographically accessible performances across the city and online! See the full line-up of shows here.

CollegeFest: All-Day Festival in Dilworth Park on September 8!

CollegeFest 2018 is, without a doubt, Campus Philly’s biggest event of the entire year.  Registering for CollegeFest and picking up your wristband at the Campus Philly booth in Dilworth Park will get you FREE museums all day on September 8th!  With over thirteen museums free to explore, you’ll have plenty to do, but don’t forget all the CollegeFest activities taking place in Dilworth Park….for FREE, and exclusively for Philly-area college students!

We’ll have prize wheels with cool swag from companies all over the city, free drinks (including Dunkin’ Donuts iced-coffee), and fun activities like giant inflatable Bubbleballs and Nerf Football!  After you pick up your wristband for free museums, be sure to explore all the booths and free stuff provided by our local Philly sponsors!

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CollegeFest 2018: Everything You Need to Know to Have the BEST Five Hours in Philly!

Is it September yet…? We’re already counting down the days to the start of the fall semester. New roommates, packed class schedules, exciting off-campus events in Philly’s beautiful fall weather… and of course, it’s time for COLLEGEFEST!

Every year, Campus Philly throws a huge festival called CollegeFest in Dilworth Park for thousands of college students in the Philadelphia region. This year’s festival is on Saturday, September 8, and you’re not going to want to miss it.. The day-long (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.), totally free festival takes over the plaza around City Hall with outdoor games, prizes and giveaways from local companies, and live music. There’s also a FREE shuttle for college students to take all across the city, all day long, to visit Philly’s top museums…. for FREE (are you sensing a trend here…?) Continue reading “CollegeFest 2018: Everything You Need to Know to Have the BEST Five Hours in Philly!”

Turn your Startup Idea into Reality!

From University City to Fishtown, Philadelphia Makers and collaborators are sweeping the city, with a multitude of different services offered to help startups expand and build their brand. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite organizations in Philly below – reach out to them today to start honing your craft and building your brand!

Accelerators and Incubators: Have you always dreamed of starting your own business, but don’t know where to begin? Good Company Ventures is devoted to helping young entrepreneurs develop themselves and their brands. You’ll be introduced to a network of invaluable professional resources, ones you certainly won’t find on campus! By the time they’re done assessing your vision and helping to strategize…your startup will be ready for business! Continue reading “Turn your Startup Idea into Reality!”

A Recap of Campus Philly’s Annual Meeting: “Diversity is what you have. Inclusion is what you do.”

Last week, Campus Philly hosted its Annual Meeting, an event held once a year that brings together higher education professionals, corporate leaders, and individuals from fellow Philadelphia nonprofit organizations. Typically, Campus Philly shares its annual research on the college student audience with these stakeholders. This year, Campus Philly President Deborah Diamond decided to take an unexpected approach to the Annual Meeting by hosting a panel discussion on inclusion on campus, in the workplace and in our communities. The discussion, “Building the Most Inclusive Region in the Country,” featured three Greater Philadelphia leaders from diverse backgrounds and experiences.


That unexpected approach resulted in more attendees than ever before, engaging in difficult but necessary conversation on how to create a campus and work environment where everyone feels welcome. As Diamond said in her opening remarks: “The diversity we have on campus will only be an asset if it’s leveraged to build an inclusive region. And that doesn’t happen automatically, but only with intention, conversation and changes in practice and action.Continue reading “A Recap of Campus Philly’s Annual Meeting: “Diversity is what you have. Inclusion is what you do.””

Where to get your loungin’ on: a guide to Philly’s best city parks!

Fact: back in 1683, when William Penn was mapping out the design of Philadelphia, his goal was to create a “Green Country Town” that would attract settlers from across the Atlantic. The basis of his design? Five public squares across the city – one in each quadrant of [what was then] the main part of the city, and one right in the center.

Those integral public spaces are now Rittenhouse, Logan, Washington, and Franklin Squares, and Dilworth Park – just some among many of our favorite parks in the city for relaxing, picnicking, people watching, and reading on a park bench this summer. Continue reading “Where to get your loungin’ on: a guide to Philly’s best city parks!”