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student profile: Sophomore competes for chance to impact Africa

Sophomore Communication Studies major Alex Dapp is in the running for a chance to win a trip to Africa sponsored by Toms shoes  where she’s up against nearly 10,000 other entrants.

Out of the 10,000 who have entered, Dapp was number 65, and the top 50 entries are invited to participate in shoe drops.

Toms’ philosophy is simple. One for one. For every one pair of shoes a customer buys, one new pair is given to a child in need. It’s that one for one formula that grabbed Dapp’s attention, and she has been a fanatic ever since.

“I like that there’s a story behind them,” she said. “It’s a for-profit company, but they also help people. Letting people come with them on an actual shoe drop to show that they do actually give back only reaffirms my faith in a company like this. People forget that you can make a profit and help out others at the same time.”

Dapp, who is on Toms’ email list and also has the Toms app on her phone, first heard about the contest through an email and took it from there.

“I kind of thought, I’ll create the entry and see where it goes. I mean there are 10,000 applicants and I wasn’t really expecting to win, but I woke up two days later and my friend had created this Facebook page and from then on I knew this was something I could actually do,” she said.

Dapp has her fingers crossed not only when it comes to winning the competition, but also in possibly attaining a job with the company in the future. She’s already looked into internships and is hoping that if she wins the opportunity to go on the trip, maybe that can open some doors for her future.

As far as attaining more votes and help from the campus, Dapp visited local businesses during spring break to ask for support.

The contest lasts until April 12. Dapp is not sure how she’ll find out she won since last year they flew to each city and ambushed winners, and that was with 15 chosen. With 50, she may get something in the mail, but she’ll have to wait and see. If she wins the contest, she’ll be given the opportunity to choose from 3 or 4 trips between August and December of 2013. Dapp says she will pick based on the impact the countries listed might offer to her rather than her availability.

To vote for Alex Dapp for Toms’ Ticket to Give Contest:

1.Go to

2.Click Ticket to Give

3.Search for Alex D.


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