So here’s a Facebook fairy tale that proves Facebook-living has actual benefits. Do you spend your day living on Facebook? Do you work hours upon hours updating photos of yourself and writing about your interests? Think you’re wasting your time? Well you definitely aren’t (as long as you’re good-looking…jk). Jenn Sterger, 24 year old FSU student was actually “discovered” on Facebook.
Jenn Sterge is Czech and Yugoslavian and basically a mix of Eastern Euorpean (obviously a nice combo). Growing up she aspired to be an orthodontist because she wanted to make people smile (she’s become very good at this now in her older age). She’s pretty much a normal gal, loves buffalo wings, is a senior at FSU, majoring in Criminology and Psychology, studying to become a lawyer and oh yeah she’s doing a photo-shoot for Maxim. She is just your average run-of-the-mill college gal.
Jenn is a fellow Facebook addict. She spends a lot of her time searching and browsing profiles, as do millions of other students. However, Jenn has also gained profound popularity through this online college networking site. It’s simple.
She loves football, quoting movies and hanging out with friends. She and others take pictures. She and others put them up on Facebook and have a tagging party. People search through Facebook and find Jenn’s pictures and BAM! she’s a sensation. Jenn’s pictures have been shared and sent through millions of computer screens around. Facebook shared Jenn’s photos around the world.
“I never in a thousand years would have imagined that my pictures would have gone as far as they have. It’s funny how things turn out. I mean, there are plenty of girls with pics in their photo albums on there [facebook]…why mine have caused such a buzz is beyond me…but I am so thankful they have.”
So then one fine day, or should I say, “Once upon a time…” (going back to the title), an intern for Maxim, who is also an avid facebook-er, found Jenn’s profile and hence, her pictures. He took an interest and started referring Jenn to the higher echelon’s of Maxim and so one thing led to another and before she knew it, Jenn received a called from the editor himself.
And of course Jenn decided to say yes to what many women would love to do: a photo-shoot with Maxim. She’s doing this for a few staple reasons. Jenn wants to show the world that women can be sports freaks, drink beer, be true football fans and not be total unattractive tomboys. She also finds it liberating to be in Maxim. Some of the most beautiful girls can be found in this magazine and she’s not going to lie, it is an ego booster. Nothing’s wrong with that.
“For all the guys that have hurt me…lied to me…cheated on me…its the sweetest revenge possible without stooping to their level. A small personal victory for me.”
Jenn attributes a lot of her success to Facebook and the internet in general. She gives half of the credit to Facebook. Facebook reaches multitudes of people who are in the demographic that Jenn needs.
“I was home for break…and college students who were visiting Tampa were coming up to me at my job…trying to figure out if it was me or not. It’s amazing the number of people that are facebook addicts like myself.”
The internet is responsible for Jenn Sterger’s national exposure. And yet one could look at this all as a blessing or a curse. Though she’s met many new and interesting people, she has also gone through a lot of unnecessary things. People have stolen her identity numerous times and more of the things she goes through because of her ever growing popularity can be seen as more tedious than tantalizing. She receives about 40-50 pokes and receives about 50-75 messages a day on facebook.
“People forget I am just like any other college student. I go to class…I study…I watch football…work out…and have two jobs. So I might not always respond…but I read every single one of them. As for the hate mail, I don’t respond to it. I just block the person. Life is to short to deal with haters, why spend your time dwelling on the people that don’t like you. Spend it with the people you love and love you.”
Jenn attributes most of her strength and success to her parents. They are her role models. They have been stalwarts in her life, always telling her to be honest, strong and persistent; always believing in her and expecting nothing than her best in everything she ventures in.
She also gave shout outs to her other internet families:
“A lot of boards have posted my pics, but none have taken the time to get to actually know me like these guys have. I have met some amazing men and women on these boards, some of which I am close friends with now.”
With all the offers that Jenn is now undoubtedly receiving, she is still planning on continuing her education and going forth in her goal of going to Law School. As for everything else, things are still up in the air. She doesn’t want to be known as “that internet girl” her entire life. She’s hoping for bigger and better things to come out of it all. No one knows what the future holds, but as for right now, Jenn is happy with what she is being handed.
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