Major Monday — Anesthesiology

February 8th, 2016 by

Caring professionAnesthesiologists are medical physicians who focus on pain relief and a patient’s life prior to, during and after surgery. These physicians work with other doctors in order to monitor a patient’s body and how they are reacting to anesthesia.

Anesthesiologists are responsible for people’s lives, so to say this is an important job would be an understatement. Imagine how important it is to administer the correct amount of anesthesia to a patient undergoing surgery so they do not feel any pain. If you want to be in charge of this, anesthesiology is the major for you!


An anesthesiologist is a physician, so you must receive the formal medical education required of all doctors. Undergraduate programs usually do not offer anesthesiology as a major, so it is important to choose a science major, such as biology, for your bachelor’s degree. Next, you must pass a medical college admission test to enter medical school. In medical school you will study the sciences and do clinical training.

After attaining an M.D. degree, anesthesiologists spend an additional four years completing a residency program. Finally, you must apply for licensing through the medical board in the state in which you plan to practice.

What to know before you apply

Be prepared to be in school for at least 12 years to become an anesthesiologist. You are going to have to do a substantial amount studying, so make sure your are ready for this. It is crucial that you pass entrance exams, medical school exams, and so on.

You are dealing with another person’s life when you become an anesthesiologist, so you want to be prepared for this responsibility.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, anesthesiologists earned an average wage of $246,320 per year as of 2014.


Free SAT prep for Feb 20 exam

February 3rd, 2016 by


In order to help students affected by the snow storm two weekends ago, Magoosh is giving away FREE Magoosh SAT Prep accounts to any and all students who couldn’t take Saturday’s SAT exam. There are literally no strings attached, and students don’t need to provide any proof or payment information in order to be eligible.

Students should go to to sign up.

Free accounts will be available through February 20, 2016 (the day of the postponed exam).

If you are an educator or know of someone who can use this, please feel free to share this information!


Tuesday Tour Day — Nazareth College

February 2nd, 2016 by

first_yearFounded in 1924, Nazareth College was first recognized as a Catholic women’s college, with its first graduating class size being 25 women. Today, however, Nazareth College is recognized as a private, religiously independent college, located in Pittsford, NY. If you’re looking for a small, yet beautifully built campus, Nazareth College has just what you want. With roughly 2,000 students enrolled, you can expect to have small class sizes and one-on-one time with your professors.


Nazareth offers its students 64 undergraduate majors, and 28 graduate programs. The college is known for its art and music programs such as art education, studio art, music education, music therapy, and more. This is not all the college has to offer, however. You can also find majors such as biology, physical therapy, sociology, and more. With a 70 percent acceptance rate, if you have good grades and are committed to excellence, you have a good chance of being accepted to Nazareth.

Campus Life

More than 150 acres of expansive lawns and shady woodland groves provide the perfect scenery for reading a book or playing Frisbee with friends on campus. The college also offers more than 50 clubs and organizations for students to join. If you want to venture off-campus, downtown Rochester is just a cab ride away, and you can enjoy what Rochester nightlife has to offer. The beautiful carillon bells chime on the hour, and you can expect them to become part of your life at Nazareth.


Because Nazareth is a private college, the cost of tuition is going to be more than a state college. Tuition for a full-time undergraduate student is $30,120 per year, plus $12,918 for room and board. In 2015, all of the incoming freshmen received financial assistance. More than $22 million in scholarships and grants were given out to students, making tuition much more affordable.


Major Monday — Petroleum Engineering

February 1st, 2016 by

iStock_000018002727SmallIf you enjoy studying sciences, and you have a passion for traveling, you should consider a major in petroleum engineering. Petroleum engineers search for gas and oil reservoirs beneath the earth’s surface, and find the quickest and safest way to bring those resources above ground. You should have your bags packed for this career, because you are likely going to be traveling the world and living in foreign countries. Petroleum engineers go where valuable reserves are located.


A typical degree level required to be a petroleum engineer is a bachelor’s degree. Many colleges may not offer this specific degree program for undergraduate students, so a science or engineering degree will suffice. Your undergraduate curriculum should emphasize earth science, chemistry, math, and physics. It is also recommended you take some language classes, seeing as you are going to be traveling to different countries. If you want to continue your education, a master’s degree is encouraged, seeing as most petroleum engineering degrees exist at the master’s level, due to it being a very specific area of study.

What to know before you apply

You must be good at the sciences to become a petroleum engineer. This major involves mainly math and science, so it is important you find those subject areas appealing. A petroleum engineer is involved in nearly all phases of the process, from finding the oil and gas, through extracting and distributing it. Be prepared to have all hands on deck if you should choose this major. You will not be able to sit back and watch others work; you are essentially going to be the leader.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for petroleum engineers in 2014 was $130,050. Employment rates for petroleum engineers are expected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024 due to the change in oil prices. The higher oil prices get, the more petroleum engineers will be needed.


Meet Alexa!

January 27th, 2016 by

Intern PhotoAlexa Styliadis is our newest intern! We are already head over heels for her mad writing skills, great personality and fantastic approach to all of her projects, but you can discover that for yourself soon enough. She will be contributing to the NextStepU blog and website regularly this semester, so keep an eye out!

We asked Alexa to write a little bit about herself so we can all get to know her better:

I am a senior at St. John Fisher College studying Communication/Journalism, with a double minor in Business Management and Visual & Performing Arts. I have had a love for photography ever since I can remember, and always have a camera on me. I also have a passion for film, which started when I took an Alfred Hitchcock class in high school. People think I’m crazy when I say this, but I love old movies. Silent, black & white, you name it. If it’s a classic, I’ve seen it!

On campus at St. John Fisher, I am involved in a student-run advertising agency called The PRIMA Group. In this organization I am a member of the Creative Services department. I design posters, ads, and all different types of creative work for our clients. This semester I am currently designing work for our new client, The American Red Cross! I am very excited to help such a great organization.

In my free time I enjoy horseback riding, playing with my dog, Bailey, feeding my shopping addiction, and exploring Rochester looking for new graffiti. The Wall\Therapy project is a lot of fun to follow. Another fun fact about me is that my birthday is on Halloween, so you could say I am slightly obsessed with that holiday!

If you ever have a hard time getting ahold of me, I am most likely on episode five binge-watching Law and Order SVU.

I am very excited to be the new intern at NextStepU! It is nice to meet everyone!


Tuesday Tour Day — Marist College

January 26th, 2016 by

about-marist-collegeIf you are looking for a private, liberal arts college in New York, we may just have the place for you. Marist College is located in Poughkeepsie, NY, overlooking the Hudson River Valley, positioned roughly two hours from New York City. The view from campus is breathtaking, and is one you truly have to see for yourself. Marist has been recognized for excellence by renowned journals such as U.S. News & World Report and Time, which shows the college’s dedication to its students. Each year, there are roughly 5,600 students enrolled.


Students at Marist can choose from 38 different undergraduate majors and more than 10 Master’s degrees. Throughout the years, students have benefitted from the close partnership with the multinational technology corporation IBM. IBM staff have closely worked with Marist students to try new innovative technologies. With an acceptance rate of 38 percent, it is important that you have good grades when applying to Marist. If you are accepted, the college is prepared to help you excel in school and for the rest of your life.

Campus Life

Life outside of the classroom at Marist is just as beneficial as life inside the classroom. The college prides itself in helping students develop their academic minds as well as their worldly minds. Students are able to volunteer at local nonprofit organizations, go to Broadway shows, attend workshops, participate in Relay for Life, and much more. There are countless activities for students to be a part of to make their experience at Marist one to remember.


Tuition at Marist College is $33,250 plus $12,100 for room and board. A number of scholarships are offered such as merit-based, specialty, and athletic scholarships.


Major Monday — Art Therapy

January 25th, 2016 by

iStock_000008214004SmallSo, it is time to pick a major but you’re not quite sure what to do. You are torn between your passion for art and wanting to help people in need. It just so happens that there is the perfect major for you; art therapy. As an art therapist, you will treat patients with mental, emotional, and developmental problems through the use of different artistic mediums. You will study things such as different art mediums, therapy techniques, and art history. An art therapy major uses art as the predominant form of therapeutic expression.


According to Careers in Psychology, most students start their art therapy careers with a Bachelor’s degree in an area of psychology or mental health counseling. It is also important to take classes related to the art forms you are most interested in using in your career. Next, students may choose to pursue a Master’s degree, where they will have to take the licensing examination offered by the Art Therapy Credentials Board. Once your Master’s degree program is completed, you must then complete 1,000 hours of supervised work working directly with clients. Finally, you can apply for your art therapy certification and begin helping patients on your own.

What to know before you apply

Be prepared to have a portfolio of your work to show. While the majority of this major has a lot to do with work in the mental health field, it is also important to have a background in art, as well as some artistic talent. You should reach out to professionals in this field and ask as many questions as possible; most professionals love helping students. Get ready to get your hands dirty and your artistic talent flowing in this field.


Like all jobs, depending on your education, specialty, experience, and location of your practice, your salary may be different than others’. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics however, recreational therapists earned a median pay of $55,900 per year in 2014.


Trendy Tuesday — Fitness Trends

January 19th, 2016 by

As we get further into the new year, keeping your resolutions can become increasingly difficult. While it can be easy to give up on your efforts (you don’t have time, you don’t have the means to keep up, etc.) there are easy ways to keep your resolution going — without getting frustrated.

If one of your resolutions is staying healthy, having some cool new gear never hurts your motivation either. Check out these fitness trends that combine the fashionable with the functional.

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The 1 Voice Headband allows you to work out without the hassle of tangled headphones! The wire-free, worry-free accessory connects to any smartphone via Bluetooth technology, allowing your workout soundtrack to stay intact minus all the wired headphone drama, all while keeping your hair frizz-free and out of your face.

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Known as being one of the 
first to introduce jewelry designed for the Fitbit®Flex™ in early 2014, they are now offering gorgeous bracelets that securely conceal nearly ANY type of fitness tracker. 

Funktional Wearables’ system works for the current best selling fitness tracker in the US, the Fitbit® Charge HR™.  It also works with the Fitbit® Flex™, Fitbit® Force™, Garmin® Vivofit™, Garmin® Vivofit™ 2, Misfit® Shine™, Misfit® Flash™, Jawbone® UpMove™ and nearly all the other current top-selling fitness trackers.

Headphones are no longer just about listening to music, now you can impress the rest with how good you look while you’re rockin’ out! Wraps solves three inherent problems all previous headphones had: storage, anti-tangle and style. Have the best of both worlds with fashion-forward and eye-catching headphones with crystal-clear sound. This wearable technology closes the gap for the fashion conscious and the tech astute. Wraps come in a variety of colors and styles starting at $19.99.


Scholarship — Courage to Grow

January 13th, 2016 by


We  don’t want the college dreams and plans of so many young men and women to get lost in the financial shuffle. It takes a lot of determination and courage to forge ahead when sometimes it would be easier to give up.

Scholarship: Courage to Grow Scholarship

Amount: One $500 award is given each month to one student.

Description: With the “Courage to Grow Scholarship” they strive to help students achieve their higher education goals. By taking away some of the concerns such as “how will I pay for college,” students can concentrate on their education and focus on the task at hand.

Requirements: Students must be juniors or seniors in high school or college students with a minimum GPA of 2.5 or better. U.S. citizens only please. Applicants must answer the question: “Please explain why you believe that you should be awarded this scholarship.” Essay must be 250 words or less.

Deadline: January 31, 2016

For more information: Visit to apply.

Best of luck to those who participate!

> 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 — SUNY Fredonia

January 12th, 2016 by

fredoniaSUNY Fredonia, located in Fredonia, N.Y., about an hour south of Buffalo, has just what you’re looking for in an education.

With 5,300 students on a beautiful residential campus, it’s the perfect mix of campus size and program variety.  With affordable tuition and housing, Fredonia gives you the academic challenges of a selective liberal arts college committed to developing your character as you prepare for a successful career and a rewarding life.

We’re learning more about SUNY Fredonia on this week’s Tuesday Tour Day!

With over 100 academic programs to choose from and talented faculty from all over the world, you will explore the intellectual pursuits that most inspire you, make life-long friends, and set the foundation for a fulfilling career. Choose from programs like accounting, biology, computer graphics, criminal justice, education, fine arts, history, psychology, social work and much more. See all available programs here.

Campus life
The Fredonia campus is alive with fine arts and performing arts events year-round. Cultural, social, academic and athletic clubs and organizations are the driving force behind many campus activities and events. Fredonia’s 17 NCAA Division III sports teams compete on campus and around the nation.

Most of our undergraduate students live in our 14 residence halls. University Commons is a brand new residence and dining hall with a bookstore and a Starbucks cafe. Fredonia’s athletic complex features an ice rink, two gyms, a four-lane indoor track, and a beautiful new natatorium. A cutting-edge soccer and lacrosse stadium debuted to accolades in 2007.

Tuition costs for in-state residents is $5,870 and $15,320 for non-resident students plus $11,344 for room and board. Financial aid and scholarships are available for most students with the average student aid package being $9,583.

For more about SUNY Fredonia and to request information, visit their college profile at