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#BigBeacon Twitter Chat – Students for a Whole New Education – Wed Jan 21

Big Beacon invites students to join in our monthly Twitter Chats focused student-centered issues! We want to engage students in our conversations to transform engineering education. We want to bring student voices to a platform that listens to students’ thoughts and experiences and cherishes them.

Students for a Whole New Education is aimed that bringing together students across the world who are united by the challenges they face in an education system that resists change. Athena Lin (@aalin16), an engineering student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will be hosting this show!

Our first Twitter Chat will center around the theme:

What does engineering education mean to you?

We welcome returning Twitter Chat participants (graduates too!) and hope to hear from some students as well! We chose this topic to bridge the gap between students and graduates who have left school and are pursuing careers. We hope to bring people from different backgrounds together as we consider one unifying aspect of our lives that we are all passionate about: education.

Some things to think about this week before the Twitter Chat:

  • Current students: what do you want to get out of your education? What will your degree mean to you?
  • Graduates: what did you get the most out of your education? What does your education mean to you now and how has it influenced your career aspirations?

Join us on Twitter at 8pm EST next Wednesday, January 21, 2015!

We would love to hear your thoughts and contributions!

How to Twitter Chat

If you’ve never Twitter chatted before, don’t worry; it’s very easy! First, get a Twitter account if you don’t already have one, and log in. At 8 PM ET on Wednesday go to and type #BigBeacon into the search box on Twitter. Thereafter all the tweets with the hashtag #BigBeacon will show up on your Twitter page. To participate, simply express your opinion by sending a tweet, and be sure to append the hashtag #BigBeacon so other members of the Twitter Chat see you are posting. Alternatively, automate the hashtag search and append feature by using the free service Tchat at

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