Military Veterans Turned College Students: Collegiate Nation Wants You

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Collegiate Nation invites military veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan to write blogs about the reality of their lives on American college campuses.

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We want raw depictions and reports from the ground up on the realities facing our veterans on America's college campuses.

As American military operations in Iraq have ended and other soldiers are returning from Afghanistan, Collegiate Nation, the nation's only student-exclusive social site that has banned all ads and all tracking, announced today its desire to hear from U.S. military veterans attending college or trying to enroll. The company is inviting blog posts from military veterans who, after serving their country, are doing everything they can to transform their lives by pursuing higher education goals.

"We want raw depictions and reports from the ground up on the realities facing our veterans on America's college campuses,” said Evelyn Castillo-Bach, the founder of Collegiate Nation.

While Collegiate Nation is known as a community of students who want to connect with other college students with real privacy without being tracked, the site also has a blog section where students can post anonymously or use any name they wish. "We want to make sure that all college students and especially our returning military on America's college campuses have the freedom to freely express themselves, uncensored, so we can learn from them about the realities of their lives," said Castillo-Bach. Students posting blogs on Collegiate Nation have the option to share their blog posts with their college friends only or to post their blogs so the entire world can read it.

Collegiate Nation -- also known as GoCNCN.com -- is a private network that differs sharply from Facebook, Google and other public sites. “We have banned all ads, all tracking, and third party apps and games because they are back doors to extracting private and personal information without consent,” says Castillo-Bach.

Collegiate Nation offers a 2-tier membership structure. Any student can sign up for free and post blogs, video links, share photos, and connect with college friends. Students can remain on CN after graduation while they still have friends in college. At any time, they can transfer to the sister UmeNow.com. It offers the same privacy protections and even more features. It’s open to the general public. Collegiate Nation is supported by students only. Premium level members who subscribe for $6.00/ month have access to all site areas.

Company Information:
Collegiate Nation was originally launched in 2010. Today students in over 30 campuses use the platform to connect in private with other college students. CN is the first and only student-exclusive private network that has banned all ads, third party apps and games because they are back doors to tracking and extracting private information.

Evelyn Castillo-Bach is the founder of Collegiate Nation and UmeNow. Both sites are known for fiercely protecting the privacy rights of its members. Castillo-Bach earned her M.S. in 1993 from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has traveled extensively in Ethiopia and in the Balkans, accompanying her Danish husband who is a lawyer.

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