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June 5, 2017 Press Release Announcing our 2017-2018 Kickstarter Campaign

Rutgers Graduate Launches Kickstarter Campaign
to Share her College Success Strategies

HOLMDEL, New Jersey – June 5, 2017 – Sarah Waxman, a 2016 graduate from Rutgers University, continues her mission to share her time management strategies and tools to help students get the most out of their academic experiences.  She is launching a second Kickstarter campaign to bring her ideas to market.

While many students struggle to complete the typical 120 credits required for graduation, Sarah completed over 187 credits and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rutgers University in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree while triple majoring in food science research, nutritional science, and biology – all in four years.  During her four years at Rutgers, Sarah also completed independent food science research and presented her findings at five different national and international conferences.  She was a full time Resident Assistant on Rutgers Cook Campus and was president of the undergraduate food science club.  As Sarah noted, “I had a very busy schedule and for me, time management was critical. An academic planner was not a nice to have, it was critical to my survival in college. The only problem was, I could never find a planner that worked for me as a busy college student.”

Sarah, working with her Dad, a retired software executive, designed a student focused planner that they successfully brought to market last summer. Sarah and her Dad focused their design on a student’s ever expanding list of things to do - long term semester projects, short term week over week assignments, and even activities not related to academics. Based on user feedback, they updated the 2017-2018 METIS Planner to have a lay flat design and a more professional sleek look. The planner also includes a comprehensive set of optional downloadable tools.  Sarah noted that, “Last year, based on interactions with our users, we created a comprehensive 4-year course planning tool to help ensure that students have a workable plan to graduate in four years.  We also added a detailed move-in checklist and even created tools to help college students establish a plan for applying to grad school.”  

Sarah and her Dad decided to name their product the METIS Planner, named after the Greek Goddess of wisdom, planning, advice, and deep thought.  In order to gauge continued interest in their product, they are once again utilizing a crowd funding model using Kickstarter.  Kickstarter allows a product designer to present an idea and solicit supporters that agree to fund the project in return for some reward.  Of course, in Sarah’s case, the main reward would be a printed spiral bound copy of the 2017-2018 METIS Planner and full access to all supplemental downloads providing academic helpers, financial helpers, and goal trackers.

Sarah, who is currently working full time as a food scientist at Mondelēz International and pursing her Masters degree at Rutgers, wants to see students start to use the planner and as described on their Kickstarter page, she will provide a free digital print at home version to anyone who helps spread the word on social media.   The METIS Planner campaign has until July 16, 2017 to meet its funding target of $1,500.

Media Contact: Sarah Waxman or Harvey Waxman (Sarah’s Dad and design/business partner) | 732-739-2851
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