Why You Should Never Work for University Primetime

Have you been looking for an internship or writing job? Have you been recruited to write articles by the college website University Prime, with the promise of being paid for every single thing of yours that they publish on the site? 

I remember when I was a junior in college looking for an internship. University Primtime sounded like a dream come true. That was, until I realized I was being scammed. 

If you or someone you know is thinking of writing for University Primetime, don’t be fooled. Stop and run in the other direction for the following reasons:

Difficult Hiring Process

In order to get the job with UP, I had to to extensive work on “trial articles” and get past several cuts just to be a part of a program that I wound up quitting. The guys running the site left several threatening messages in the Facebook group that we would be “cut” if we did not start our trial articles by a certain date. I was once removed from the group because I contacted one of the guys in charge by email instead of Facebook.

Of course, I’m totally fine with trial articles and testing out writers to see who is dedicated and the best fit for the site, but I’m not a fan of using threats to get writers to write, which brings me on to my next point:

Unprofessionalism

The site was (and probably still is) run by three young guys. I dealt with two of the three, who were pretty nice at first, but turned sour after a month or so. One continually messaged me on Facebook about sharing content in college groups, which caused me to join and spam over 100 groups, which led to a lot of unhappy incoming freshmen. 

He would even text me if I didn’t respond on Facebook, saying things like, “Hey, I need you to share this article right now, K? I’m sending you links you need to share this on.” He would expect me to drop whatever I was doing and literally share that article right then, to 100 groups.

A Lack for Safety

This one may just be a fluke, but I do defiantly believe that University Primetime doesn’t really want to promote safety more than underage drinking and heavy amounts of weed. Yes, they did publish other articles of mine that had nothing to do with partying, but one of my few articles that was not published (I only had 3 unpublished ones in 3 months) was entitled “20 Ways to Stay Safe on a Night Out.”

I did a lot of research for this article and was extremely disappointed when it was not published. I figured that it might have not been “cool enough” for the site. But I don’t want to flat out say that they don’t care about the safety college students. I’m just saying that the article I wrote about safety for their site was not published for some reason.

Inappropriate Content

While I did leave mainly for the next issue, a big part of me also left because I didn’t want to be associated with the content on the site any longer. One article that I was given to share in 95 Facebook groups was titled, “Study Shows that People Who do Drugs Have More Sex and Get Better Grades.” Other articles included foods to eat while drunk and the best movies to watch during 4/20.

I have no problem with people who do those kinds of things, but that’s just not who I am personally. When they said the site was about “relatable college content” I didn’t think it would be 90% about partying and 10% everything else. Because all college students know, there is a LOT more to college than just going out.

Fake Pay

This was the whole entire reason that I quit working for UP: I was only paid for 2 out of 8 articles that were published on the site. I begged to be paid the other $60 (we were paid $10 per published article, which was a little over $8 after taxes). The runners of the site were claiming that I “never sent them an email” and that “only published articles get paid”. Which they all were. These conditions were listed in a contract that I signed. 

I feel like I was just getting used for free content, and I guess other writers did too, since our Facebook group dropped over time from 115 to 18 members.

Overall Shadiness

Something seemed off about the site, but for some reason I decided to go through with the process because it seemed like a great opportunity. The guys who run the site just seemed downright shady. One of them, who I really need to unfriend on Facebook, has recently been spamming his feed with posts about girls getting a free trip to Vegas with all bottles included if they message him.

I hope this list sheds some light on what comes across as a cool college website and an easy way to make money. Based on my experience, University Primetime is a total scam and I have no intention of ever working for them again. If you hear that they are hiring or see and advertisement form them on Internships.com like I did, keep scrolling!

How to Not Panic About Your First Draft

Common problem for authors: we think of a plot, the climax doesn’t happen where it’s supposed to. Or at least, that is what is currently going on with my new book. 

Said book, which features a teen learning to fly a plane and save her Spanish class from a disaster, was going great. 

Until the plane landed safely on page twenty five–page twenty five! The entire main idea of the book had been summed up in a quarter of what I wanted it to be. This left me panicked. 

So if you’re struggling with your first draft and freaking out like me, here are some things to remember: 

1. Keep in mind that it’s just that: a first draft! 

First drafts were never meant to be exceptional, or anything even close to it. Just keep writing and remember that the main purpose of a first draft is to get the story down. 

2. You can always go back and edit. 

Which is exactly what I plan to do, since my first chapters usually lack a lot of description. 

3. Don’t stop writing. 

A few times I’ve felt the need to give up on the book because I didn’t think it was “good enough” or “wasn’t going anywhere.” But how can books get better if you just quit? 

Learning from Rejection

As a writer, rejection is just part of life. My first big rejection came when I was only sixteen. I’d gotten to the final round for a Chicken Soup for the Soul book, only to be told later on that my story didn’t make it. 

I was so devastated. I’d come so far just to get that incredibly close. I was horribly sad, and found myself even more upset when I bought the book two months later to find that a fifteen-year-old had “beaten me.” 

I learned at sixteen how to deal with rejection the wrong way: by not trying again. There were lots of call outs for other stories, but I just didn’t feel like putting in any effort. Why try when I’d probably just get rejected again? 

Finally, a year later, I came to my senses and wrote another story. I made it to the final round, and then actually into the book. I was seventeen and published with a major company. I couldn’t believe it. All I had to do was try again. 

That’s basically the point of this post. Just try again. You never know when that second try could be the winner.