Video Chat Company Vidsig Helps Students Find Straight Answers About Their Future Colleges
For many, it’s an invisible choice because they can’t visit every school. A Bay Area company, Vidsig, uses video chats to connect high school and college students to get a glimpse of campus life.
Video chats have opened up all kinds of new ways to communicate. The newest, called Vidsig, helps college students.
“It sometimes suffocates me, to be honest with you, to have high school students say, ‘Oh my God, this has totally changed the direction of my life,'” said Jonathan Yarnold, CEO of Vidsig.
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Reese Williams is a senior at Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek. She applied to a dozen universities but only visited a couple in California due to time and expense. So she did a dozen Vidsig video chats with students attending the schools she applied to.
“They give me answers that I can’t find online, you know, on a college website or just through other reviews online,” said Reese Williams. “I get very honest and un-sweetened answers.”
The service grew through word of mouth and partnered with state APEs in three states, as well as counselors at colleges and universities.
A 10-minute session costs $25. Twenty of those dollars go to the student.
“As a student, extra income is also very important,” said Whitney Williams, a student at Spelman College. “So having this platform that is easy for me to use and also gives me extra cash on the side has been a great opportunity.”
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Vidsig selects students and reviews the quality of session recordings.
“Right now we’re at 175 schools and we have hundreds of approved undergraduates, and that’s in the face of the fact that we’re taking maybe one for every 10 applications we get,” Yarnold said.
Although college applicants cannot control which school might accept them, they can use Vidsig students to help them decide where to apply.
“They know how difficult it is to choose a university, to choose its future,” said Reese Williams. “So they want to help me through this process because they know how stressful and difficult it can be.”
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