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Freebie Friday — KIND

October 24th, 2014 by

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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.

Today, we are sharing KIND with you. KIND makes delicious, all natural snacks from ingredients you can see and pronounce. KIND is a company focused on making the world a little kinder — one kind act and one snack at a time. Their founder created KIND in 2004 as he was frustrated by the lack of healthy, tasty convenient snacks available and decided to do something about it.

The winner of this week’s NextStepU Holiday Gift Guide giveaway will get a box of KIND Nuts & Spices bars. These bars are made with whole nuts flavored with delicious spices and have only 5g of sugar (or less). The Nuts & Spices bars are available in eight flavors, are a good source of protein, are high in fiber and lower in sugar.

We are giving away 1 box of Nuts & Spices, 1 KIND t shirt, a KIND coffee mug and a KIND water bottle to one lucky winner. Just fill out the Rafflecopter app below and be entered for your chance to win.

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No purchase necessary. Enter the KIND Giveaway before 11:59 p.m. (ET) on 10/30/14. One winner will be chosen shortly afterward and announced before 11/7/14. 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 12/7/14 will forfeit his/her prize. Entries will only be accepted through the Rafflecopter application and before the deadline date.

 

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The most haunted college campuses

October 23rd, 2014 by

1.-Ohio-University-Athens-OhioIf you love a great scary movie, this list might not make you think twice about your college decision. In fact, it may make your college experience more interesting. Online Schools Center released a list of the 50 most haunted colleges.

Here are the top 10 on the list:

10. Gettysburg College – Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
9.   University of Georgia – Athens, Georgia
8.   Kenyon College – Gambier, Ohio
7.   University of Northern Colorado – Greeley, Colorado
6.   University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Urbana, Illinois
5.   Wells College – Aurora, New York
4.   East Tennessee State University – Johnson City, Tennessee
3.   Hollins University – Roanoke, Virginia
2.   Pennsylvania State University – University Park, Pennsylvania
1.   Ohio University – Athens, Ohio

According to their site, Ohio University was chosen number one because “most notably in Wilson Hall’s infamous room 428, where in the 1970s a female occupant started behaving oddly. The student began intoning in a strange tongue, alarming her friends, but before they could intercede the girl had plummeted to her death from a window. At the time, she was reportedly practicing astral projection – the supposed departure of the “astral” from the physical body. The room has moreover since been sealed shut, amid reports of eerie phenomena like unexplained voices and flying objects.”

You can read the complete list and spooky explanations for the choices on their website.

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Scholarships — BURGER KING® Scholars Program

October 22nd, 2014 by

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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:  BURGER KING® Scholars Program

Amount:  Most scholarships are non-renewable awards of up to $1,000. Awards cannot exceed educational costs. The number of awards will be determined by the funds available and the number of applicants.

Description: Scholarship grants range from $1,000 to $50,000, and are intended to help students offset the cost of attending college or post-secondary vocational/technical school. Recipients are selected based on their grade point average, work experience, extracurricular activities and/or community service.

Requirements: All high school seniors and all BURGER KING® restaurant, corporate and field employees, their spouses and children in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico are eligible to apply.

Deadline: The application period for the 2015-2016 school year begins on Oct. 15, 2014 and ends on Dec. 15, 2014.

Full rules and regulations can be found online.

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 NextStepU.com.

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Tuesday Tour Day – Salisbury University

October 21st, 2014 by

Salisbury profileSalisbury University is located on the historic Eastern Shore and resides 30 miles from the Atlantic beaches and is about two and a half hours from Baltimore and Washington, D.C. It is a part of the University System of Maryland and it is a regionally accredited four-year comprehensive institution providing over 57 distinct graduate and undergraduate programs. It offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

This university has about 8,000 undergrad students and 640 graduate students. Students live on a residential campus, which resides in a rural setting in a large town. Some of the campus’s unique qualities include an art gallery, research center, museum of business and entrepreneurship, museum of wildfowl art, literacy center, blackbox theatre and a medical simulation center.

Salisbury University has numerous clubs and activities ranging from Greek life, music ensembles, dance activity, government and politics, literary magazine, a television station, a radio station and campus ministries. It also has multiple sports teams for both men and women that compete at the division three level.

Additionally, Salisbury University has four privately endowed schools, offering excellent, affordable education in undergraduate liberal arts, sciences, business, nursing, education and social work and applied master’s and doctoral programs. Their highest purpose is to empower their students with the knowledge, skills, and core values that contribute to active citizenship, gainful employment, and life-long learning in a democratic society and interdependent world.

The university is able to meet around 60 percent of financial aid needs and tuition costs are relatively low at $4,814 for full-time in-state tuition and $13,310 for full-time non-resident tuition. Room and board is listed as $8,070.

Their learning community is student-centered, where students are taught by professional educators in small classroom settings, faculty serve as academic advisors, and virtually every student has an opportunity to undertake research or experiential learning with a faculty mentor. They foster an environment where individuals make choices that lead to a more successful development of social, physical, occupational, emotional, and intellectual well-being.

> Learn more about Salisbury University and check out their profile at NextStepU.com.

 

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Major Monday — Choosing a career path

October 20th, 2014 by

Here is a great graphic representation of how you should be considering your major. The best success lies in choosing something that you love, that pays well enough for you to live and you are good at it.

Dream Jobs Diagram

 

Compromising on any of these three areas can lead to a major in a career that you either find unchallenging or won’t pay you enough to propel you into a life where you can purchase the things you need to be on your own.

Keep these three elements in mind and ask yourself before you commit to a major: Am I good at this? Will it pay me well? Will I love it? Answering with a “not likely” to any of these three is a recipe for disaster. You risk graduating with debt only to be qualified to work in a job you aren’t looking forward to interviewing for.

Choose your major realistically, but also with your heart in mind. The average American works 80,000 hours in their lifetime. Make sure you are ready to enjoy those 80,000 hours.

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> For more major and career advice, check out NextStepU.com.

 

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Best universities for ice cream

October 16th, 2014 by

????????????????????????????????????????Great Value Colleges knows what students need. Obviously a cold treat should be on that list. A new article publishes the 50 greatest ice cream shops within walking distance to U.S. college towns.

“Because the list pinpoints the location of some of the nation’s most scrumptious sweets, the article comes with a warning label for anyone looking to avoid the notorious freshman 15,” said author Gabrielle Kratsas. “However, taken in moderation, these treats could help inspire a successful semester!”

With a name like Bahama Buck’s Original Shaved Ice Co., students at Texas A&M University in College Station, Tex. are luckily on the list at number 43. Ohio State University comes in at number 42 with Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in Columbus, Ohio.

At number 33, Bubbies Homemade Ice Cream & Desserts serves up cold treats to the students at University of Hawaii.

And you can’t forget about a gelato option at Coolato Gelato for the students at University of Tennessee in Knoxville at number 23.

Your top 10 best ice cream destinations for college students are:
10. Kurver Kreme – University of Albany: Albany, NY
9. MSU Dairy Store – Michigan State University: East Lansing, MI
8. Andy’s Frozen Custard – Northwestern University: Evanston, IL
7. IceKrimski Cafe – University of California: Davis, CA
6. Prince Puckler’s Gourmet Ice Cream – University of Oregon: Eugene, OR
5. Slickables Ice Cream Sandwiches – Arizona State University: Tempe, AZ
4. Mallard Ice Cream – Western Washington University: Bellingham, WA
3. Chillz Frozen Custard – University of New Mexico: Albuquerque, NM
2. The Maryland Dairy – University of Maryland: College Park, MD
1. Two Spoons – University of Colorado: Boulder, CO

You can view the complete list online.

 

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Scholarships — App-reneur Awards

October 15th, 2014 by

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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: App-reneur Awards, honoring students who have been creating cutting edge mobile apps.

Amount: The award provides two winners a $5,000 scholarship fund to help them pursue studies to refine their app and continue bringing new apps to market.

Description: The App-reneur Awards recognize the creative efforts of student-built applications running on any of the current mobile app devices including iOS, Android, Windows 8, as well as smartwatches/wristwear, Google Glass and other emerging platforms. The winning entries will be showcased by the students at the 2015 International CES® during the Mobile Apps Showdown hosted by Living in Digital Times. The live competition, won by audience applause, will take place on Thursday, January 8, 2015.

Requirements: High school, college and graduate school students are invited to submit their apps by visiting appreneurscholars.com to access the 2015 entry form. The free application requires a brief bio, name and description of the app, clarification of platforms it’s available for download and its URL.

Deadline: Entries are being accepted for the App-reneur Awards through October 20, 2014. Students will be notified by December 17th and will be invited to Las Vegas to present live or via Skype during the Showdown. The award nominees will be showcased on the Mobile Apps Showdown website.

Full rules and regulations can be found online.

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 NextStepU.com.

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Tuesday Tour Day – Gannon University

October 14th, 2014 by

gannon-profileGannon University is located in Erie, Pennsylvania, which is a small city in an urban setting with a residential campus. It offers certificate, associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. It’s within short traveling distance to Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Buffalo. It is located in Pennsylvania’s fourth largest city and one of the busiest ports on the Great Lakes. Gannon’s urban campus has unique facilities that create a special atmosphere conducive to learning, research, scholarship, service and personal growth and development.

Gannon places a heavy emphasis on student involvement and services. The strong culture of academic quality and integrity is reflected in the employability of Gannon’s graduates.

Recently, Gannon students performed nearly 79,000 hours of community service in northwest Pennsylvania, Appalachia, Central America and Haiti.

The university has a student to faculty ratio of 14:1 and it boasts a caring community of staff and faculty who motivate students in through Catholic inspired values. Individual attention is administered to Gannon’s 4,000 plus students with the intimate student to faculty ratio.

Gannon offers nearly 100 academic programs in the health professions, engineering, business, education, social sciences and the humanities in the University’s three Colleges: Engineering and Business, Health Professionals and Sciences and Humanities, Education and Social Science.

Gannon competes in 18 varsity sports for men and women as a member of NCAA Division II and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. In addition, students at Gannon have the opportunity to participate in a number of different intramural sports including flag football, basketball, wiffleball and dodgeball among others.

More than 90 percent of Gannon students qualify for financial assistance. They offer a variety of scholarships, grants and awards that recognize academic and athletic accomplishments, outstanding talents and demonstrated need.

U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” continues to cite Gannon as a top tier university in the northern region of the United States. Gannon has also been ranked in the annual guide’s Great Schools, Great Prices category, which affirms Gannon’s mission of providing quality education at an affordable price.

> Find out more about Gannon University and visit their profile at NextStepU.com.

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Major Monday – Political Science & Government

October 13th, 2014 by

Stars and stripesPolitics are everywhere, the jobs we do, the classes we attend, the communities we live in and many other aspects of our lives. Do you find yourself actively involved in student government? Are you the political guru of your friend group, always up to date on current events? Political science majors differ from being conservative or liberal, cynical or idealistic, but one common characteristic is their passion for politics. If active engagement in the political system is for you, a political science and government major is for you.

Education
The political science and government major offers not only a wide variety of classes but also encourages active volunteering, involvement with the community and local government and national or global internship opportunities. Majors should be ready to join a political science club or campus political organization in order to stay up to date on current campus events as well as ones in the community. They will also start with ancient political philosophy and cover everything leading up to modern politics. Writing papers and conducting research is a main component of the major and students will find that they write about everything from Plato to modern homeland security. All of this typically leads up to writing a senior thesis, a long research paper where they will spend a lot of time conducting research, forming their own arguments and supporting those arguments.

Majors will have opportunities to work and campaign for local or national candidates, offer political commentary, and come up with their own ideas to modify government.

What to know before you apply?
Students will find that it’s good to be able to argue and support their points because there are many controversial topics in political science and these can often delve into heated discussions. Debate skills are crucial and it’s important to be able to support your beliefs.

Knowing a foreign language can also prove to be useful when it comes to understanding anything from ancient text or choose to study international relations.

Questions to ask before deciding
Will you have the opportunities to study politics abroad? Does the program offer a semester in Washington, D.C.? How helpful is the department when it comes to helping you find internships in government or public policy offices? Will you have the opportunity to pursue your own research and thesis for a capstone project? Does the program require a minor in a related field such as economics or history? Are there specializations in studies such as international relations or political economy? Finally, does the department, professors, or schools itself have a particular political leaning? Is this leaning compatible with your own views?

Colleges offering this major
SUNY Fredonia — Fredonia, N.Y.
Hofstra University — Hempstead, N.Y.
Quinnipiac University — Hamden. Conn.

Salary
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, political scientists make $102,000 per year and political science teachers and professors make anywhere from $64,000 a year to $84,000 a year.

> For more advice on majors or career choices, visit NextStepU.com.

 

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Freebie Friday — Redship.com

October 10th, 2014 by

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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.

Today, we are sharing Redship.com with you. If you are looking for a truly festive and fun holiday gift for someone (or yourself), this is it!

Sending a care package delivers the comfort and memories of home. Redship.com has created a uniquely designed care package for the college student, boarding school student, summer camper, and anyone you want to send a smile.

Christmas-In-a-Tube by RedShip is a new and unique twist on gift giving. Packed and shipped in RedShip’s 26” red cylinder is a Christmas tree, trim kit, tree skirt, candy and a holiday card from the sender. Imagine how happy you’ll make someone when they see that large red cylinder arrive for them!

Christmas-In-a-Tube is wonderful gift for anyone away from home during the holiday season, or for the holiday fan who wants to decorate a small space like an office cubicle.

With a RedShip’s retro design the cylinder contains:
• 2 ft. pre-lit Christmas tree with white LED lights- battery operated. (3 AA batteries required, but not included)
• 27 shiny and glitter mini christmas ornaments
• 1 Star tree topper
• 2 strands of 6’ garland in red & gold
• Candy cane striped tree skirt
• Large bag of Christmas cherry gummy bears
• Holiday card with your personal message

We are giving away one of the Christmas-In-A-Tube care packages to a lucky winner. Just fill out the Rafflecopter app below and be entered for your chance to win.

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No purchase necessary. Enter the Redship Giveaway before 11:59 p.m. (ET) on 10/16/14. One winner will be chosen shortly afterward and announced before 10/24/14. 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 11/24/14 will forfeit his/her prize. Entries will only be accepted through the Rafflecopter application and before the deadline date.

 

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