$500 selfie: Briar Cliff students awarded for National Student Day

Student Selfie
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Briar Cliff students Robert Terrazas (’18), left, and Jonathan Conyers (’19), right, take a selfie. The campus bookstore awarded them $250 each for winning a National Student Day competition.

It was the easiest 500 bucks Jonathan Conyers had ever made. All it took was a few seconds to shoot a selfie with friend Robert Terrazas and then post the finished product on Twitter and Instagram with a specific hashtag. Simple.

The experience occurred at the Briar Cliff University bookstore in October. Conyers, a freshman, and Terrazas, a sophomore, were walking in the college’s 8,000-square-foot Roth Atrium when they noticed a big sign outside the bookstore.

“I didn’t know what it was at first,” said Conyers, “but we came to check it out and we found out it was a picture you could take for National Student Day. We could potentially win up to $500. So we decided, ‘Why not? Let’s take it and see what happens.’”


National Student Day, sponsored by the National Association of College Stores, celebrates the hardworking and tireless students through on-campus events organized by their respective schools’ campus shops.

Participating students were asked to snap a selfie in the campus bookstore and then share the photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram between Sept. 24 and Oct. 22 using the hashtag #GIVEME5NSD. Those who did so would be automatically entered into the contest to win a $500 campus store gift card, according to the National Student Day website.

In return, $1 would be donated for every entry accepted into the contest to Reading Is Fundamental, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free books and literacy resources to economically disadvantaged communities in the United States.

Best of all, Conyers and Terrazas kept it classy. No duck faces for their winning selfie.

Instead, the two students donned Briar Cliff hats fixed with stuffed Chargers mascots. Terrazas held a blue and yellow basketball while Conyers sported a No. 1 foam hand and a yellow tutu… Wait, what? “Yeah, I put on a tutu,” Conyers confessed. “Whatever it takes to win. I mean, we won $500, so the tutu was worth it.”

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