Students all over the country have been challenged by student movement RAG Ireland to take part in a social media campaign designed to confront negative student stereotypes.
The idea of the campaign is to get students to do at least one positive deed each day this month, take a picture on their phone and share it on social media with the tag ‘#COLLEGEFOOTPRINT’.
“For some reason there seems to be a lot of negativity around being a student at the moment, lots of people seem to think we are these wild party animals drifting towards unemployment and emigration” said creator and RAG member Ruadhán Ó Feinneadha.
“I suppose I just thought #COLLEGEFOOTPRINT would be a great way to capture the massive positive impact made by students all across the country”.
The organisers say that your good deed can be as varied as buying a homeless person lunch, doing your friends washing or going to a friend’s match to show your support.
RAG Ireland CEO Daithí de Buitléir says that the campaign has already created a lot of positivity: “All the students I’m talking to are really excited, I think young people love to contribute positively but are sometimes bored by bag-packing and bucket collections. #COLLEGEFOOTPRINT is a really accessible way for students to make a positive mark in an enjoyable manner.”
The campaign will continue throughout April. Find out more on: http://www.ragireland.ie/section/collegefootprint_about/