Our Story

Our Story

Our Vision

Students challenging themselves by exploring complex subjects.

 

Our Mission

SnoQap Financial is a community of writers that explore topics in economics, political science, and finance, founded and run by college students. We hope to foster a greater understanding and encourage curiosity in these topics.

 


Good writing is not something that comes easy; it takes time, patience, and practice.

A survey by the Association of American Colleges & Universities found that writing is the most important skill for any recent graduate. And yet, many students are leaving college with inadequate writing skills. Many college professors don’t assign enough challenging or comprehensive writing assignments or offering valuable and timely feedback to each student. Plus, the students’ writing rarely leaves the classroom. Challenging writing assignments are vital in order to develop a student’s ability to write clearly and without error.

SnoQap hopes to solve this problem. Our editors work closely with each writer to mold their thoughts into clear and cohesive writing. We hope that students take pride in their work, share it online, and accept feedback from others. By working with SnoQap, our writers obtain professional skills that they will carry with them, from their first jobs until retirement.

With writers from California to New York, our team is dedicated to seeing students succeed and providing them with the opportunities to do what they love.


Snoqualmie Pass - 1991

Snoqualmie Pass – 1991

 

History

In January of 2016, Alex Warfel started writing short stories each day and sharing them online with a creative writing community. He enjoyed writing and appreciated getting feedback on it. It was a hobby and it was a good way to get better at writing. 

Then Alex saw an article on LinkedIn that his friend Spencer wrote for class about his studies in computer science. He loved that students were sharing their ideas about their field. So naturally, he went online and bought the second most expensive WordPress plan and started writing about finance. This was the beginning of SnoQap, named after the Snoqualmie Mountain Pass just east of Seattle, where Alex grew up. 

Then a couple weeks later, Alex asked his friend Timos Pietris to join him and they started posting two articles a week. Slowly but steadily, the number of articles on the website grew and people began taking interest. 

When the next school year started, they woke up at 6am every day, went to their college’s computer lab, found futures and index prices, formatted them, and published them on the SnoQap Twitter account. When they were done with the futures, they would write three paragraphs about the latest news in finance to publish in the student newspaper each morning. After a few months, they decided it was time to bring more people on board.

They first reached out to their friend Andrew, who was studying abroad at the London School of Economics. He began writing articles about politics and economics. Then Timos reached out to his friend Nick Colletta, who covered finance and also started to write weekly.

In February, Alex’s friend Katy pointed out some grammar problems. She soon became the Copy Editor and took over social media. Soon after, Tara Guaimano started making cover photos and logo designs. Then Spencer joined as CTO. Together, they made the website what it is today.

SnoQap Financial stems from Alex’s original process: researching, writing, and sharing student’s work. In a short amount of time, it has grown into an ambitious, versatile, and energetic community of students, brought together by their shared passion for business, economics, political science, and finance.