Freebie Friday — SMS Audio

December 19th, 2014 by


The holidays are here! NextStepU wants to introduce you to some new (or new-to-you) products and services that you might want to include on your list this season.

For today’s giveaway, we have SYNC by 50 On-Ear Wireless Headphones, Sport Collection in Pink! 

The headphones within this new Sport Collection are designed to stay put during physical activity, and feature professionally-tuned drivers and sweat-repelling nano technology to safeguard against moisture and withstand against extreme weather. Utilizing Bluetooth, the on-ear wireless headphones feature on-ear track control and volume adjustment. They also have a sweat-proof chamber within the ear cup and OVALFIT™ perforated leather memory foam ear pads for extreme comfort and breathability.

The SYNC by 50 On-Ear Wireless Sport headphones come with a carrying case, sports towel, and extra ear covers. Available in Sport Blue, Sport Pink, and Sport Yellow. These headphones are valued at $229.95.

Enter now for your chance to win the Pink Sport Collection SYNC by 50 On-Ear Wireless Headphones by filling out the Rafflecopter app below. 

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No purchase necessary. Enter the SMS Audio Giveaway before 11:59 p.m. (ET) on 12/25/14. One winner will be chosen shortly afterward and announced before 1/2/15. The winner must respond to the email he or she receives in order to claim his or her prize. Any prize winner not responding by 2/2/15 will forfeit his/her prize. Entries will only be accepted through the Rafflecopter application and before the deadline date.



Holiday Gift Guide 2014

December 18th, 2014 by

It’s been a great holiday season here at NextStepU! We’ve really enjoyed sharing these products with you since October, and many of you won a great prize along the way.

Here’s a fun re-cap of what we’ve been sharing. (Pssst… if you’ve been playing along since the beginning, you may be able to tell which of the images in this graphic we have NOT given away yet — which means you know what the giveaway announcement for tomorrow morning will be!)


Sources: KIND, Chic Buds, Studio C, Xbox One, Caboodles, Redship, Great Useful Stuff, Social Sweepster

Thank you to all of you who entered for the chance to win these past few weeks! We loved reading your comments and have enjoyed making your holiday just a little bit brighter.

See you back here tomorrow for the last Holiday Gift Guide giveaway!



Tuesday Tour Day – St. John Fisher College

December 16th, 2014 by

campuscenterSt. John Fisher College is an independent liberal arts institution in the Catholic tradition of American higher education located in Rochester, New York. The college is guided by the educational philosophy of the Congregation of St. Basil and emphasizes liberal learning for students in traditional academic disciplines, as well as for those in more directly career-oriented fields.

SJFC offers over 32 academic majors in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, business, education and nursing, as well as 9 pre-professional programs, 12 master’s programs and three doctoral programs.

Admission is based on high school record, strength of curriculum, scores on standardized tests (SAT/ACT), extracurricular activities and/or work experience, personal statement/essay and counselor/teacher recommendation.

Two prominent programs offered at the college are the Wegmans School of Nursing and the Wegmans School of Pharmacy. Other academic programs include the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business and the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. School of Education.

Campus Life
Students have the opportunity to choose form over 70 campus clubs and organizations, including student government, music groups, language clubs, cultural organizations, student publications, and intramural sports. Many academic departments also sponsor clubs to promote interdepartmental networking and team building.

The campus, located in the bustling city of Rochester, has a wide spread layout with 24 modern buildings, an athletic stadium, a brand new track and field complex and a 9-hole golf course. The school resides on 154 park-like acres in the town of Pittsford and is just a few miles from artsy and cultural downtown Rochester.

The College offers 21 intercollegiate sports – 10 for men and 11 for women. Fisher is a member of the NCAA-Division III, the Eastern College Athletic Conference and the Empire 8.

> For more information about St. John Fisher College and to request information, visit their profile at


Major Monday — Social Work

December 15th, 2014 by

Group of studentsSocial work majors have a sense of compassion and a desire to make the world a better place. As a social work major, you can take a variety of paths, all which serve society for the better. For example, you may counsel people and help them get service such as subsidized housing and food stamps, or you might be a guide of social movements, research social issues or design and set up policy programs.

Social work offers an equal balance of learning about the work you will be doing and then putting that work to practice with hands-on experience and internships. From there, you’ll explore your interests like working with children or elderly people or perhaps becoming a LGBT advocate. Major courses include community resources, diversity, human behavior in the social environment, psychology, social and economic justice, sociology and values and ethics.

Prospective students might find that it’s useful to take high school courses focusing on a foreign language, preferably Spanish, as well as taking courses in sociology, family and consumer students, English and AP Psychology. A foreign language should also be continued throughout college so that you become well-versed, if not fluent. This is a skill that makes you more of an asset for jobs.

What to know before you apply
It helps to be an outgoing person who wants to help others. You’ll succeed in this major if you enjoy interacting with people facing various challenges.  You’ll have to reflect on your own psychology as well as keep a neutral stance for those you’re helping. Knowing yourself makes you better at helping others overcome challenges and face problems. You will deal with difficult situations that might not ever be easy to handle but knowing that you’re helping someone in need is one of the reasons it might make the job worth it for you.

Questions to ask before deciding
As a potential social work major you must ask yourself if you are ready to learn more about human psychology, work with individuals and groups, and design and carry out a scientific research study to improve social settings. You must also ask yourself if you are capable of putting yourself into situations where emotions from both you and those you’re counseling are very present.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the salary for social workers as of 2012 was $44,000 per year. The job outlook continues to grow and social workers with just an undergrad degree can always expand on their degree at the masters or doctoral level and advance in their career.


Freebie Friday — Chic Buds

December 12th, 2014 by


It’s that time of year again — time to start your holiday wish list! NextStepU wants to introduce you to some new (or new-to-you) products and services that you might want to include on your list this season.

For today’s deal, we have a Chic Buds Clutchette Power – The Bag that Charges Your Phone. 

Inside each Clutchette is a lightweight, ultra-thin battery to recharge smart phones and USB devices on-the-go.  So light it’s practically undetectable! Featuring built-in USB cords for easy charging of both phone and Clutchette, it’s always ready for a charging emergency and provides most smart phones with a full charge. Plus, with its chic design and room for keys, lip gloss, and essentials, Clutchette Power is the secret weapon to charging through the day on full power.

The Clutchette Power is available in four must-have metallic colors: Jaqueline (pink), Emma (black), Taylor (silver), and Rae (rose gold).

Enter for your chance to win your own Clutchette Power by using this Rafflecopter app below.

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No purchase necessary. Enter the Chic Buds Giveaway before 11:59 p.m. (ET) on 12/18/14. One winner will be chosen shortly afterward and announced before 12/26/14. The winner must respond to the email he or she receives in order to claim his or her prize. Any prize winner not responding by 1/26/15 will forfeit his/her prize. Entries will only be accepted through the Rafflecopter application and before the deadline date.



Scholarships — University Tutor

December 10th, 2014 by


NextStepU is happy to help guide you toward scholarships and opportunities to earn money for college. Here is a new scholarship we found for you!

Scholarship: University Tutor

Amount: $1,000 each month

Description: Submit a 300-word essay responding to each month’s essay prompt. The winner is selected each month by personnel.

Requirements: Any student over the age of 16 is eligible. All essay submissions must be submitted through the website by 11:59 p.m. (CST) by the last day of the contest period. Only those essay submissions submitted through the website will accepted and judged under the contest. No mailed-in essays will be accepted or considered under this contest. Find more rules online.

For more information: Visit the University Tutor scholarship website.

Best of luck to those who apply!

> Want to continue your search? Take a look at NextStepU’s database of more than 2 million scholarships after you register at



Tuesday Tour Day — University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

December 9th, 2014 by

bradfordUniversity of Pittsburgh at Bradford, or Pitt-Bradford as it’s commonly called is a four-year baccalaureate degree-granting, state-related university institution.

The university offers more than 50 majors, several pre-professional programs and two graduate programs, including a Master’s of Nursing and a Master’s of Social Work. Some of the most popular majors include, business management, nursing, education, criminal justice and biology.

The Pitt-Bradford faculty/student is 13:1 and the average class size is 17. The university takes students beyond the degree by providing a helping Career Services Office and an informal alumni network. It also takes students beyond their expectations by giving them a college experience that will transform them.

Campus Life
There are no traditional dorm rooms offered at Pitt-Bradford. The 14 residence halls are apartment style and offer students a comfortable space they can call home. There are frequent trips to movies, concerts, nearby ski resorts and Cedar Point amusement park. The university has one of the only “fresh-food-only” dining halls in the country where you can have fresh eggs, veggies and and a variety of other foods that go straight from the source to your table.

There are over 50 student run clubs and organizations and sports to play or observe. The university’s location gives students access to the great outdoors complete with fishing, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, horseback riding, hiking and much more. Students can hit downtown Bradford, zip over to the NYS border to Salamanca or take a road trip to Erie or Buffalo. Students are never far from good shopping, eating and entertainment.

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford is an NCAA Division III institution and a charter member of the Alleghany Mountain Collegiate Conference. The school offers 15 sports: men’s baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, swimming and tennis. The women’s sports include: basketball, bowling, cross-country, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball.

> Find out more and request information from University of Pittsburgh at Bradford at



Major Monday — Journalism

December 8th, 2014 by

broadcast-journalismAre you an avid consumer of news? Do you love the thrill of the chase for a story? If so you may want to consider majoring in journalism.  Journalism majors not only master the art of reporting and writing, but also learn about libel and other legal issues that affect the media. You’ll learn what it takes to survive in a tough, but rewarding business. With this degree, you could find yourself covering world events for a major newspaper or TV network, reporting on sports for a local radio station, or writing about entertainment on the Internet.

While still in high school, you’ll find it helpful to take classes in speech, public speaking, computer applications, journalism, AP U.S. Government & Politics and AP English Language. If your high school has a paper, it’s wise to join it and practice your skills and if it does not, it might be a good idea to start one.

Typical college courses in this major include but are not limited to, broadcast news writing, copyediting and design, history of American media, magazine writing, mass communication and society, media law and ethics and reporting.

What to know before you apply
As a journalism major, you’ll need to keep up with current events, learn to be an ace researcher and learn how to find and interview sources. It’s also important to have basic editing and computer skills and know that you’ll need to sharpen and enhance them as you become more successful. Joining or starting a school newspaper at your college or university also gives you a multitude of opportunities as a writer, editor, designer or some combination of the three. It’s also crucial to have a internship in the field of journalism you’re interested in, whether it be broadcast or written. It’s also worth noting that journalism is an intense field complete with hard and short notice deadlines. It helps to be flexible and quick to adapt.

Questions to ask before deciding
Before selecting a college for this major, ask yourself, will your program help you find an internship? Is the department accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication? Do the professors have enough field experience to provide valuable insights on what it’s like to be a working journalist? When you visit, grab a copy of the school’s newspaper or visit their website if there is one. This is good for getting a realistic vibe of the school as well as seeing how you’ll fit into the school newspaper. Also, check if there is a campus radio station or TV station. If your interests align with the broadcast side, check out the equipment you’ll be working with and see if you’re familiar with the software.

As of 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists journalists as starting out at $37,000 with salary’s expanding or varying on location and size of the company.


Freebie Friday — Studio C

December 5th, 2014 by


It’s that time of year again — time to start your holiday wish list! NextStepU wants to introduce you to some new (or new-to-you) products and services that you might want to include on your list this season.

For today’s deal, we have two Studio C bags! First is a One Hip Chick Laptop Backpack and the other is a Hot to Trot Rolling Duffle Bag. Both are perfect for the gal on the move.

The One Hip Chick backpack features convenient compartments for all your storage needs and a padded and zippered compartment that will hold a laptop up to 15″.

You can also travel in style with this rolling duffle bag from the Hot to Trot collection. This stylish luggage offers the convenience of a duffle and the ease of a rolling bag. Take it with you for a weekend vacation or on your next business trip. This bag pairs timeless sophistication with quality that will not disappoint!

You could be one of the winners this week! Enter for your chance to win in the Rafflecopter app below.

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No purchase necessary. Enter the Studio C Giveaway before 11:59 p.m. (ET) on 12/11/14. Two winners will be chosen shortly afterward and announced before 12/19/14. The winners must respond to the email he or she receives in order to claim his or her prize. Any prize winner not responding by 1/19/15 will forfeit his/her prize. Entries will only be accepted through the Rafflecopter application and before the deadline date.



Student Discounts for the Whole Year

December 3rd, 2014 by

Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be over but that doesn’t mean you can’t afford the rest of your holiday shopping list! Being a student allows you to get exclusive discounts at dozens of your favorite stores. Here are some of the best we found…and some gift ideas to check off the rest of your list.

1. Amazon Student
Discount/offer: Free Amazon Prime 1-year trial with any .edu email
Top gift: Amazon Fire TV – $99.99 w/free shipping

2. Ann Taylor LOFT
Discount/offer: 15% off in-store
Top gift: Heart clutch – $25 (retail: $29.50)

3. Apple
Discount: 8% off select Macs and iPads
Top gift: iPad Mini (first generation) - $239 (retail: $249)

4. Eddie Bauer
Discount/offer: 15% off in-store for regularly priced merchandise
Top gift: Fluxpro Touchscreen Gloves – $38.25 (retail: $45)

5. J. Crew
Discount/offer: 15% off in-store
Top gift: Lightweight down puffer vest – $134.30 (retail: $158)

6. Sam’s Club
Discount/offer: Collegiate Annual Membership $40 plus FREE $15 Sam’s Club gift card
Top gift: Keurig 2.0 Brewing System – $129.98 (other stores: $149.99)