UM-Flint student creates friend app just for college students

Published: Oct. 5, 2018 at 5:58 PM EDT
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(10/05/18) - It's basically a non-romantic, matching app for college students on the same campus.

The app is called DASH. It stands for

Don't Awkwardly Stay Home

, and it was created by a University of Michigan-Flint graduate.

"The thing is I did not know anybody there. I did not know college. I did not know the culture in Michigan. I could not talk to anybody in the dorm room ahead of time so I had so much difficulty in making more friends," Cho said.

DASH is now in the Google Play store. The Android beta app is a passion project for South Korean native Hane Cho.

Cho moved to Flint after completing high school in Pennsylvania. He is not unlike many students who can have a hard time getting to know people, no matter what their background is. So, he decided to create an app, and with the help of another international student and the UM-Flint Entrepreneurs Society, it has app has taken off.

"The entire group helped us out to figure out what's the real problem at the University of MIchigan-Flint, specifically. And also we got a lot of advice from professors including Dr. Michael Witt," Cho said.

Hane is finishing up grad school at the University of Denver but says he still has a strong connection to Flint. He shared his thoughts with ABC12 viewers via Skype.

DASH will now help students who find themselves in the same position he was in. Users can set a private or public channel to have group conversations related to specific topics - a certain class, books or just connecting with your soon to be roommate. It's just an enhanced college community.

"Interact, communicate, and mingle," Cho says about the app's purpose. "When we started from scratch we didn't really expect to come all the way far up to this point," he said.

It's still in beta form in the Google Play store. You can find it by searching "dash college." The official version of the app is launching on Android and Apple platforms by the end of the year.