Freebie Friday — Studio C

July 25th, 2014 by


Time to think about going back to school! For those of you still in high school, we know you’ll do amazing things this year. If you are on your way to college, this will be the experience of a lifetime. Most importantly, no matter where you are headed in the fall, you’ll need to be prepared.

We’ve joined up with Studio C this week to share with you two great bags perfect for high school or college.

The Hot to Trot Micro Tote is the perfect combination of black and white with coral on the inside. Stylishly protects your tablet and tote your valuables with this collection that’s sleek, sophisticated and playful all at the same time. This tote protects your tablet with up to a 10” display and also carries your valuables. The padded tablet pocket has a snap closure and two slip pockets perfect for your cell phone and other small accessories. The outside is water-resistant and has a metal clasp to keep it closed.

The Black Tutti Messenger Bag is fun and colorful — perfect for school, work or the gym! It has an adjustable, padded shoulder strap and can hold a laptop with up to a 14” display. This bag has interior pockets for pens, small notepads and accessories. Two additional zipper pockets on the inside can store valuables, such as money and credit cards. Convenient outer zipper pockets store items for easy reach.

We wouldn’t blame you for heading straight to the Studio C site and purchasing either one of these bags immediately, but if you have some patience, you can also try to win one! Enter below in the Rafflecopter app for your chance to win one of these bags.

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Prepping for college move-in day

July 24th, 2014 by

iStock_000021337330LargeTo all the recent high school graduates who are college bound, congratulations! You’ve worked hard, and now you get to reap the benefits. By now, you’ve chosen a school and you’ve got move-in day on your calendar. What’s next? Aside from enjoying your summer, there are a few things you should be thinking about to prep for the fall.

• Learn the layout of your dorm room. If you’re living on campus, you should be getting your housing assignment relatively soon. Get to know where you’ll be living! Before I moved in to my dorm room at Syracuse University, I took a trip to campus and visited the hall. It was helpful to know the layout of my dorm room before buying a ton of stuff. If visiting isn’t an option, look online or call housing to see if you can view a floor plan.

• Contact your roommate. Have you been assigned a random roommate? Social media makes it easy to get to know your roomie in advance. Send him/her a quick message introducing yourself. Many people even choose to meet up with their future roommates before move-in day. It can be helpful to learn a bit about each other’s personalities prior to living together.

• Shop around early. Most stores are already running “back-to-school” specials. Take advantage of them early! In college, I was a big fan of the last-minute Target run on move-in day. While this was certainly a fun ritual, I often got stuck with very few options for bedding and décor. Part of the fun of living in a dorm room is making it your own. Maximize your capacity to do so by shopping around early.

• Start packing. No, I’m not kidding. For most of you, move-in is a little over a month away. Don’t be like me and wait until the last minute to stuff your clothes into boxes. Start packing now! By getting a head start, you’ll be able to more clearly determine what you’ll need and what can stay home. Plus, it’s a lot less taxing to pack a little bit each day rather than staying up until 3 a.m. the night before. Trust me — my brother and I both did it, all four years.

Do you have any specific questions about how to prep for the big day? Let us know!

Nicole-blogWritten by Nicole Milano. Nicole is a writer and yoga instructor from Rochester, N.Y., as well as a freelance writer for NextStepU. Read more from her at The Everyday Yogi and tweet her @nicolemariemil.

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Colorful college dorm ideas

July 23rd, 2014 by

Studio C Senior Designer, Liz Diller shares some tips and her favorite color combinations for 2014 college dorm room decorating:

“Your dorm room will be your home away from home, so make it comfy – make it special – but most of all, make it express who you are! Color and design play a big part in our lives, and it’s important to love the space you will be living in for the next nine months!  Take time to think about what vibe you want in your new space. I don’t think you want to spend all-nighters cramming in the beige walled library – and I’m pretty sure you won’t be allowed to paint your dorm room hot pink – so get out there and find things to fill your space with happiness. Create an environment that will help you study, relax, and also of the utmost importance – have fun!

Take a look at my top three color combinations for 2014 dorm room decorating. I hope you will find some inspiration for creating your space!”

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> To add a little more color to your life, shop the Studio C website for planners, totes, bags, sleeves and cases for your accessories and mobile devices. 

StudioC-blog-bio1Written by Liz Diller. She is a senior designer at Studio C.

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Tuesday Tour Day — Troy University

July 22nd, 2014 by

Troy profile 2014Today we’re highlighting Troy University, based in Troy, Alabama. Troy University is a public university that was founded in 1887. TROY serves both traditional students and adult learners through its network of locations and robust online offerings. The school operates four campuses in its home state of Alabama, as well as locations in seven states and five other countries.

Students at TROY can pursue degrees at the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels in fields like nursing, business, education, and more. TROY offers in-class, online, or hybrid options to best suit each student’s needs. These options help equip students to make the transition from the classroom to careers. An active honors program rewards high-achieving students and fosters critical thinking, intellectual development, and social responsibility.

Approximately 7,500 students attend TROY’s residential campus in Troy, Alabama. TROY’s home campus provides on-campus living options, and more than 100 student organizations to get involved in. The University has an active Greek community, many musical ensembles, and numerous service and professional organizations. TROY Trojans compete in Division I of the NCAA as members of the Sun Belt conference.

TROY offers a variety of financial aid options to families who apply for financial assistance. The University encourages all students to consider completing the application process so that they understand the options available to them. Financial aid specialists are available to assist with the process and answer questions. TROY is committed to providing exceptional service to its students and their families, regardless of background.

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Major Monday — Art Therapy

July 21st, 2014 by

colored pencilDo you possess artistic talent and a passion for helping others? If so, consider majoring in art therapy. As an art therapy major, you’ll learn how to use artistic activities to treat patients with mental, emotional, developmental, or physical problems. Prepare to study drawing and other art forms, art therapy history and theory, and art therapy techniques. These courses will prepare you to assess patient needs and design a program of art therapy treatment that meets those needs.

According to the College Board, this major is typically offered at the bachelor’s degree level. You’ll study a variety of artistic techniques including painting, drawing, sculpture, and more. This may require you to spend long hours in the studio working on projects. Your courses will also include studies of human behavior, including psychobiology, abnormal psychology, and psychology ethics. In order to prepare for your future career, you may be required to complete an internship working with patients or at a clinic.

What to know before you apply
Many art therapy programs will require you to create and showcase your artwork. Be prepared to devote a lot of time to your artistic projects. You’ll also want to get to know the faculty in your program. Are they practicing art therapists? Professors who are or have been active in the field will be able to provide valuable insight for your future career. Finally, investigate what kinds of internship opportunities will be available to you. Art therapists work with a wide variety of patients using many different techniques. See that you’ll be able to pursue an internship that fits with the kind of work you want to do.

Colleges offering related fields of study
Mount Mary University: Milwaukee, Wisc.
Springfield College: Springfield, Mass.
Mercyhurst University: Erie, Penn.

After graduation, you’ll be able to apply what you’ve learned in a clinical setting, with private clients in their homes, or as part of a program. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, recreational therapists earned a median pay of $45,520 per year in 2013.

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Freebie Friday — Fodeez Frames

July 18th, 2014 by


It’s graduation time! The school year has come to a close and grad parties are hitting your schedule. For those of you looking for gift ideas for the grad (or if you’re a grad making a wish list), we have some ideas for you.

Fodeez Frames are a must-have for the college student’s dorm. These display frames work on all smooth surfaces and can be reused hundreds of times. Unlike other display frames, Fodeez have a clear film to protect photos and also work great with dry erase markers. The frames are available in many colors and sizes and work great for college students who can’t use push pins or certain types of tape on dorm room wall.

You can customize Fodeez Frames with school colors, place them on a laptop or notebook, tablets and more. There are several inexpensive value packs to make the most of your back to school dollars. And every purchase of Fodeez Frames helps the company to donate a Fodeez Frame to a child with an extended hospital stay.

Now you have a chance to win your own Fodeez Frames! Four lucky winners will get a $25 gift card to to shop online for your own frames. Choose for yourself or give it as a gift! Use the Rafflecopter app below to enter for your chance to win.

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No purchase necessary. Enter the Fodeez Frames Giveaway before 11:59 p.m. (ET) on 7/24/14. Four winners will be chosen shortly afterward and announced before 8/1/14.  Each winner must respond to the email he or she receives in order to claim his or her prize. Any prize winner not responding by 9/1/14 will forfeit his/her prize. Entries will only be accepted through the Rafflecopter application and before the deadline date.



#SoNotOkay stand against bullying

July 17th, 2014 by

Thomas Nelson Nancy RueAccording to bestselling author Nancy Rue, one out of every four students is bullied, and 85 percent of those situations never receive intervention.

Her new book “So Not Okay” addresses bullying from the perspective of the bystander. It teaches invaluable lessons about self-worth and true friendship. Rue is now asking you, your parents and your teachers to take a stand against bullying and join the #SoNotOkay movement.

‟This movement is about solving the problem of bullying from the inside out,” Nancy says, ‟and that’s going to take all of us coming together!”

Here’s how you can make a difference:
• Use the #SoNotOkay hashtag to promote your stand against mean girls
• Change your profile pictures to one of the images we have created on social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
• Post one of the So Not Okay memes on Instagram or take a selfie of holding your pledge card.
• Sign one of the So Not Okay commitment cards with your friends.
• Print and sign the Code for Respecting the Dignity of Every Human Being, just like the girls in the book.
• Print and carry tribelet cards.
• Download the So Not Okay phone screen wallpapers.
• Get your own So Not Okay stickers for those who join the movement (while supplies last).

Visit to join the movement.
Follow Nancy on Twitter: @NNRue



How to make the most of your summer job

July 16th, 2014 by

Colleagues in office working with tabletInternship, camps, and special programs are all great ways to spend your summer. But what about those of you who are stuck at home, working that same old summer job? Don’t sell yourself short. Having a summer job can be valuable in jumpstarting your future career. Here are some ways to make the most of that summer job.

Take it seriously. It can be tempting to fool around at a summer job — you’re just trying to pay your way to a real job, right? Wrong. Even if you’re stocking shelves at a grocery store, you’ll have the opportunity to practice real-time problem-solving skills to eventually take with you into the workplace. Take your job seriously, no matter what it is.

Stay positive. I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: the best thing you can do is approach every job you take on with a positive attitude. I was lucky enough to get my first “big kid” job right out of college. The reason? My supervisors at my old work study job got a call from the hiring manager. They remembered my positive approach to working, and told the hiring manager she’d be crazy not to hire me. People remember a positive attitude.

Ask for more responsibility. Do you wish you had more to do at your summer job? Ask! There is no harm in asking your supervisor if you can take on other projects that are more in line with your future career goals. They might say no, but they’ll definitely respect your initiative, which could lead to a small raise or other positive outcomes.

Don’t let it rule your life. At the end of the day, a job is just a job. Family, friends, and future goals are all important things to devote your time to. If a job is truly overtaxing or shifting your focus away from the things that are most important to you, it may not be worth it. Take a look at what you’re putting in and getting out of your job, and evaluate its value in your life.

Some of my favorite summer jobs were also the simplest, like working at an ice cream counter or waiting tables. Are you spending your summer working? What’s your job, and how do you try to make the most of it?

Nicole-blogWritten by Nicole Milano. Nicole is a writer and yoga instructor from Rochester, N.Y., as well as a freelance writer for NextStepU. Read more from her at The Everyday Yogi and tweet her @nicolemariemil.

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Tuesday Tour Day — Stevenson University

July 15th, 2014 by

pro_Stevenson_11 (1)Today we are focusing on Stevenson University, an independent institution that is widely known for its synthesis of traditional liberal arts education and exception career preparation. Classes are small, with a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio. The school also offers a widely acclaimed co-op and internship program, as well as a broad range of clubs and Division III athletics to provide students with the experience needed to gain independence and leadership skills.

Stevenson University provides a distinctive, career-focused, and personalized environment for undergraduate and graduate students. Challenging academic courses are complemented by an invitation to explore the world outside of the classroom. The school has two campuses located just outside of Baltimore in Stevenson and Owings Mills, MD. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors get the best of both worlds — the history and beauty of a rural campus and the convenience and liveliness of a more urban location. Classes are held on both campuses and the University provides a free shuttle service that runs between locations throughout the day.

Admission to Stevenson University is selective and reserved for students who are prepared to meet the rigors of college-level work. Accepted students are often able to secure some sort of financial aid. Stevenson University offers a variety of financial aid packages that combine merit-based aid with state and federal assistance. According to recent data, roughly 90% of Stevenson students receive some sort of financial aid. Stevenson is committed to helping its students secure a quality education at an affordable price.

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Major Monday — Agriculture

July 14th, 2014 by

Agronomist looking at wheat quality with farmerThe study of agriculture explores the many challenges of keeping humans fed. Providing food is often made complicated by environmental, scientific, economic, political, and legal factors. As an Agriculture major, you will study the effects of these factors and how to remedy agricultural problems. These problems range from soil conservation and animal husbandry to plant cultivation and business management. Although it may seem like it, you don’t need a farming background to do well in agriculture.

According to the College Board, this major is typically offered at the associate’s and bachelor’s degree levels. You’ll study different aspects of agriculture such as agricultural economics, business, and technology. You’ll also learn about the science of soil, crops, plants, and animals. These studies will prepare you to use the principles of agricultural research and production to approach agricultural problems.

What to know before you apply
The easiest way to familiarize yourself with best agricultural practices is to immerse yourself in real-world agricultural situations. In order to do this, you may be required to study abroad or complete an internship doing hands-on work in the field. In addition, many agricultural topics are widely discussed in the news. You will be expected to keep up on current events, such as the debate over genetically modified food.

Colleges offering related fields of study
Genesee Community College: Batavia, N.Y.
SUNY Oswego: Oswego, N.Y.
Morrisville State College: Morrisville, N.Y.
Stephen F. Austin State University: Nacogdoches, TX

With a degree in agriculture, you can pursue many different jobs within the farming and agriculture industries. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, agricultural engineers earned a median pay of $74,000 per year in 2012; agricultural inspectors earned a median pay of $43,600 per year in 2013.

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