Red Bull Invites Students Across The Globe To Compete In International Travel Challenge

Red Bull Invites Students Across The Globe To Compete In International Travel Challenge

Travel across Europe for seven days without spending a penny? I'm in.

For the second year in a row now, Red Bull presents its "Can You Make It?" Contest: a challenge that invites thrill-seekers across the globe to partake in a competition involving adventure, charm, and wit. Submit a one minute video explaining why you and two friends should be chosen; winners get to spend seven days in Europe cost-free. Simple, right?

Think again.

The chosen 165 teams will have to make it through Europe, stopping at various locations and completing multiple challenges en route to their final destination. As challenging as that sounds, that's not the hardest part. Contestants must rely on their charm and bartering skills, because they are only allowed to use cans of Red Bull as currency. Food, places to sleep, and transportation aren't included in this once-in-a-lifetime epic adventure. Between 24 cans of Red Bull and three friends, you have to achieve one goal: make it from one of five different starting points in Europe to the final destination. This year, that place happens to be Paris, France. Along the way, you can stop in at checkpoints in over 30 different European cities and earn more cans of Red Bull by completing various challenges. Each team has the freedom of creating their own path on this daring adventure, but straying from the rules is grounds for immediate disqualification. Teams must turn in their phones, cash, and cards prior to the start of the competition; in return, they receive the cans of Red Bull and one smartphone per group to record the adventure and employ in case of an emergency. Rules also prohibit preplanned transportation or housing with friends. The rules are serious and the competition is intense, but for those thrill-seeking individuals bold enough to embark on the journey, the rewards are limitless.

An opportunity like this offers participants both limitless adventure and tons of room for growth. Living without the technologies and luxuries of their daily lives will teach contestants to value the little things in life. They must be resourceful, courageous, and accommodating. This is more than just a walk on the wild side or a trip down the road less traveled; it's an epic journey that will change the lives of those who dare to participate.

Speaking of those who dare to participate, I'm proud to say that two of my fellow daredevils and I have chosen to submit an application. Our thirst for adventure is one that can only be quenched by Red Bull, and fan votes is the only way to get there. We're prepared to take on this experience of a lifetime, and learn countless lessons along the way. We've already learned that sometimes the most valuable things come in the smallest packages. In this case, a silver and blue 8.4 oz can of Red Bull.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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