Regional Lead Community Challenge Winner: Phoebe Chang

Each semester, StudySoup hosts a Community Challenges competition where our Regional Leads – the ones who conduct online intro sessions – participate in fun activities to help market StudySoup to their friends and fellow students. The challenges range anywhere from posting a creative picture on Instagram to hosting a marketing booth/table on campus to recruiting new Elite Notetakers. There are some wild and crazy challenges too! Our Regional Leads are given points for each challenge – the harder the challenge, the higher the number of points. And the grand prize for the Regional Lead with the highest number of points at the end of the semester: An all-expenses paid vacation to pretty much anywhere!

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“Okay Phoebe, you and your boyfriend are both going to CHICAGO!!!!”

  Prior to this amazing trip that I am about to share with you, I’ve got to say that I tried really hard to win the community challenge among StudySoup Regional Leads! It was mid-semester, and I was slightly behind. So I thought to myself: let’s push harder! I did almost everything I could to submit everything on time for a chance to win the ultimate prize: an all-inclusive trip!

It was 4 in the morning. I woke up, got dressed, and called an Uber so my boyfriend and I could head to the airport. Usually, I don’t buy in-flight food but I decided to go for it this time since neither of us had paid for the flight anyway. We ate our breakfast, sat back, and enjoyed the flight to Chicago.

The airport was cleaner than JFK, more organized than LAX. Great first impression. Again, Uber was our best friend (courtesy of StudySoup!) and gave us a ride to downtown Chicago. When we arrived, we were immediately welcomed by our super friendly Airbnb host. His apartment was literally several blocks away from the Willis Tower and 5 minutes walk to most of the subway lines.

One of our first orders of business once we arrived? Food! During the trip, we ate tons of Chicago deep dish pizza in different restaurants (Lou Malnati’s was the best in my opinion). Also, if you ever have a chance to spend some time in Chicago…EAT NANDO’S!

Nando’s is a very popular chain restaurant in the U.K. (where I studied for two years), and their Peri-Peri chicken is absolutely amazing! I also recommend trying the peri fries, Portuguese rice, and flame-grilled corn on the cob. Seriously, this place is one of my obsessions! We ate there 4 times during our 7-day trip.

We also walked for at least several hours each day, exploring different parts of the city. My favorite parts of the city were River North and the Loop. We, of course, made a point to take a walk along the Navy Pier towards Millennium Park to see the famous bean.

And since we didn’t have to pay for our housing or transportation, we seized the opportunity to get in some shopping and meals at a couple of fancy restaurants. It was the perfect way to treat ourselves before the semester started!

The only thing we weren’t able to fit into our trip was to check out Evanston. The furthest we went out was around Lincoln park. I recommend checking out the zoo in that area! It’s free and really big.

Although our trip was towards the end of the summer, the weather was a lot cooler than I was expecting. Chicago is definitely less humid than NYC in my opinion; therefore, it’s an amazing city to walk around! The beach is pretty, the parks are nice and clean. The whole atmosphere of the city as you walk around is just amazing!

None of these amazing memories we had would have been possible if it weren’t because of this all inclusive trip I won! I’ve already decided that I’m going to try and win again next year. Next stop… to be continued.

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