Photo courtesy of Michaela Sabin
There’s a new “F-word” on campus. And it’s not inappropriate or uncalled for. Fampus, a new social networking site created specifically for finding college events, has taken over schools. Des Moines local Brittany Brody, founder of Fampus and senior at University of Wisconsin-Madison, is proud to have created a hub for students to find fun and accurate listings of events on campus.
Fampus has homepages specific to each university it represents. On Drake’s page, the color scheme is blue and white and has pictures of previous and upcoming events on the photo slideshow. Each event has its own page with places to upload pictures, rate the events or add comments to help future students figure out if the event is worth attending. All the necessary information is listed, including the date, venue and price, answering any questions you may have.
Brody, being a student herself, understands what it’s like to be overwhelmed by the college lifestyle. Fampus is a simple solution to the confusion of what events are all about.
“Fampus solves the information overload problem,” Brody says.
Another aspect that Brody highlights is that as you get to know Fampus, Fampus gets to know you. As events are added to a personal calendar, Fampus will begin to suggest similar events that may have never crossed onto your radar. Besides personal events, a new addition that Brody refers to as “the Mainstream” is composed of a live feed that lets you know what is happening that night.
“If you are sitting in your dorm room or apartment on a Friday night, the Mainstream will give you an indication of what events will start happening in a few hours,” Brody say. “Plus you can add pictures and comments in real time.”
This adds to the personal touch Fampus has that other sites don’t. As much as we all love Facebook, it can be confusing when it comes to events. Some may have 4-5 pages for the same organization, and they could all have different information. With Fampus, there is one page with one section of pictures and details.
Fampus concentrates on one of the most important aspects of what college is all about: socializing. Brody, who is continually receiving positive feedback about her creation, is thankful to be a student because it helps her understand issues on a personal level.
Brody has had multiple pinch-me moments when it comes to realizing her idea has become a success. She enjoys tossing around ideas with her friends and seeing her work in action. But Brody’s real contribution to the college world is helping students like us become more organized in every aspect of our lives, including the social part.
“You learn things outside of the classroom that you can’t gain inside,” Brody says. “What you talk about with friends at home are the events you go to at school, and there is nothing worse than missing out on those experiences because you couldn’t figure out how to find them.”
Rid yourself of the confusion. Sign up for Fampus and you’ll see how easy it is to “find fun fast.”
Brittany Brody, the founder of Fampus, grew up in Des Moines
Fampus was originally launched at Grand View University
The site focuses on events and social gatherings for the entire campus community