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HP Freshman 15 Laptop Giveaway – We have a WINNER

Today I can announce the winner of a shiny new laptop.  Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter the giveaway.  It’s been wonderful to read your entries and I wish everyone the best of luck with their continuing studies.

Now for the moment you’ve been waiting for.  The winner of a feature-packed HP dv5t laptop, 500Gb external hard drive, HP all-in-one printer, and media dock is…

Aron Willis at the University of Sussex

Congratulations to Aron, who is studying Electronic and Electrical Engineering.  Aron says his workload varies (sometimes no work due in, but other times several assignments are due at the same time).  Understandably, Aron would like the work to be spread more evenly.  Well, I can’t change the dates your work is due in, but I can congratulate you for being the lucky entry to be picked at random for winning a fantastic prize package, thanks to HP.

I’m also able to give away an HP Protect Messenger Bag to four runners up, so there’s a bit more prize giving to go.  Hackcollege recently described the bags as having “enough room for your old craptops and more padding than a helmet”.  And if you don’t have a ‘craptop’, I’m sure you could carry other stuff in them too!

The runners up, who all win one of these bags, are:

It’s been a pleasure to be a part of the HP Freshman 15 Laptop Giveaway.  Today marks the end of the promotion, as TheUniversityBlog was the final site to participate.  It’s been great.  Thanks to the other brilliant sites that played their part and helped make some students very happy.

Don’t forget about the sites you may have come across for the first time as you enjoyed this laptop giveaway.  For one last time, here’s a recap of the sites who took part:

It’s been a great month and I hope we can do something like this again.  But for now, that’s it from the HP Freshman 15 Giveaway.  Congrats to all the winners.

WIN A LAPTOP with the HP Freshman 15 Competition!

[Update: Entries are closed for the giveaway.  Any entries from 00.00 GMT on 30 October 2008 are not valid.  Thank you to all who entered the giveaway draw.]

Today begins your last chance to win a great laptop prize package on the HP Freshman 15 competition.  Here at TheUniversityBlog, one lucky student is in store to win big.  How good is that?

15 different sites have each been giving away a laptop, external hard drive, all-in-one printer, docking station, and carry case for when you’re on the go.  Sure, there are computers on campus, but this prize package ensures that you can work at ease where you want, print to your heart’s content and get some extra entertainment for your room.  You could even update your Facebook profile when you get in to announce the end of a quality night out…until the next morning when realisation dawns on what actually happened… 😉

TheUniversityBlog is the final site to run this competition and I’m ready to give you the chance to make your life a lot easier as you go through your study.  The laptop on offer is the Hewlett-Packard dv5t, with enough features and high-end specs to keep you going…and then some.  With a 500Gb external hard drive and printer/scanner/copier thrown in, this package should keep you happy on the technology front.

It’s pretty simple.  I want to know how you’re finding uni.  Maybe you only recently finished Freshers’ celebrations, or perhaps you’re deeply involved in your final year of study.  Whatever the case, I’d like to know how you feel about it.

To be in with a chance of winning the great laptop package, answer the following 7 questions:

  1. What uni/college are you studying at?
  2. What year/level are you currently in?
  3. What subject(s) have you chosen?
  4. Why did you choose that course?
  5. What have you most enjoyed so far about uni life and what’s bothered you most about it?
  6. Do you feel overworked, or free-time supreme and how (if at all) would you like to change?
  7. If you could go back in time to before you started uni and tell yourself one thing that would help your student experience, what would it be?

You must answer all the questions.  Okay, there are 7 questions, but it’s nothing too difficult and there are no right or wrong answers.  Then again, I’d be worried if you weren’t sure of the correct answer when saying where you study and what your course is!

E-mail your entries, along with your name, to compo@theuniversityblog.co.uk by 11.59pm GMT on 29 October 2008.

The winner will be announced here at TheUniversityBlog on 31 October 2008.  Best of luck to all!

General rules:

  • The competition is open to all university/college students around the world.
  • Only one entry per person.
  • You must answer all 7 questions to be entered in the competition.
  • The winning entry will be picked at random.
  • Entries need to be in by 11.59pm (23.59) GMT on 29 October 2008.  Entries received from 00.00 GMT on 30 October onward will not be entered in the competition.
Good Luck (photo by Subspace)

Good Luck (photo by Subspace)

HP Freshman 15 – Fantastic laptop prize packages up for grabs!

Welcome to the HP Freshman 15 series of competitions.  Today, 15 student-related sites are announcing the opportunity for students to win a laptop, external hard drive, and all-in-one printer/copier/scanner.

Each participating site will give away one system.  TheUniversityBlog is one of those sites ready to make one lucky student very happy.  The dates of each competition are as follows:

We are the Freshman 15.  Each of us is running our own competition.  Dependent on each participants rules, that gives you 15 possible chances of winning.  Good, eh?

Stephanie at Poorer Than You is announcing her competition first, this Friday.  I’m announcing the final competition, on Friday 24th October.

I will be giving away a Hewlett-Packard dv5t laptop (HP’s American shop has more info), plus a 500Gb Pocket Media Hard Drive (and docking station), an HP Photosmart C6380 all-in-one printer, and a carry bag.

The dv5t laptop won Laptop Magazine’s Editor’s choice earlier this year.  It will comprise of the following specs:

Windows Vista Home Premium (with Service Pack 1)
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T9400 (2.53GHz)
15.4″ WXGA High-Def Widescreen (1280 x 800)
3Gb DDR2 Memory
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500
250Gb SATA Hard Drive
Webcam
802.11b/g WLAN
Blu-Ray player (includes Dual-layer 8x DVD+/-R/RW capabilities)

The laptops being given away throughout the HP Freshman 15 competition are dv4t, dv5t and dv7t models.  Each is slightly different, but all are good.  If the specs above mean nothing to you, let’s just say that none of the systems should disappoint!

I don’t own a laptop myself, so the winner can be happy that I will be jealous of their good fortune! 😉

The flexibility of a laptop of your own means you won’t be restricted to the campus computers.  You can work where you want, when you want. If you live on campus and your halls have network points, you can access the Internet in your own room, which can help your study no end (and give you a break when it all becomes too draining…no procrastination, mind!).  You’ll also have a chance to stay entertained, watch DVDs (and Blu-Rays), print photos and essays, and so on.

So stay tuned in the coming month.  A laptop would be just the thing to start a new academic year…