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.

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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)


Tuesday Tour Day — Midwestern State University

December 2nd, 2014 by

mwsuMidwestern State University has been preparing students for successful careers since 1922. The campus, located in Wichita Falls, Texas and just two hours from Dallas-Fort Worth, is home to 6,000 students. MSU offers the individual attention of a private education but the affordability and vibrant energy of a public university. MSU is the only Texas university to be a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges.

Students chose from 43 undergraduate and 26 graduate degree programs including the first discipline-specific Master of Science Radiologic Science degree of its kind in the United States. Bachelor’s degree programs include accounting, business administration, communication, education, marketing, nursing, political science, science education and much more. More than 95 percent of classes are taught by professors, not graduate assistants, in classes which average fewer than 30 students each. With its low student-to-faculty ration of 17:1, students receive the kind of mentoring from professors and challenge from peers to lead to confidence in their skills.

Campus Life
MSU’s list of 100 student organizations has something for everyone – from a spirit group named the Maniacs to rugby to national Greek organizations to radiology club. When students are not attending an athletic event, they are enjoying sponsored entertainment like nationally known speakers, comedians, hypnotists, and musicians. In December the campus hosts more than 200,000 visitors for the spectacular Fantasy of Lights holiday display, while the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU attracts visitors year-round.

Athletics / Sports
MSU is an NCAA Division II member and competes in the Lone Star Conference. Men’s sports include football, soccer, basketball, golf and tennis, and women’s sports are soccer, golf, volleyball, basketball, tennis, softball and cross country/track. In addition, MSU teams have won national championships in the club sports of cycling and weightlifting.

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Freebie Friday — Xbox One

November 28th, 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 digital redemption codes for three Xbox One games: Sunset Overdrive, Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Forza Horizon 2.

Sunset Overdrive is an open world third-person shooter comedy video game developed by Insomniac Games and published by Microsoft Studios exclusively for the Xbox One. Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a 2014 compilation of remastered first-person shooter video games from the Halo series for the Xbox One. Forza Horizon 2 is an open-world racing video game developed for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles. It is the sequel to 2012′s Forza Horizon and part of the Forza Motorsport series.

These three games are in high demand this holiday season and are sure to be difficult to find. But, you can win the digital versions of these games right here!

Fill out the Rafflecopter app below and be entered for your chance to win the digital access to these three Xbox One games. 

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No purchase necessary. Enter the Xbox One Giveaway before 11:59 p.m. (ET) on 12/4/14. One winner will be chosen shortly afterward and announced before 12/12/14. 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 1/12/15 will forfeit his/her prize. Entries will only be accepted through the Rafflecopter application and before the deadline date.



Secret Santa on a College Budget

November 26th, 2014 by

The holiday season falls at the end of the fall semester when college students are usually a little strapped or cash. Secret Santa is popular within floor programs or among college friends and here; we have the perfect budget friendly solutions for your holiday season. These work great as they’re grouped or individually. Spread the holiday cheer with these ideas.

Secret Santa - College Budget Edition

1. You can find plain mugs or travel mugs at the Dollar Store, Target, Walmart and other similar stores. Purchase or find your own sharpies and add on your friend of significant other’s favorite quote, song or drawing. The mug pictured has another unique idea by making a mixed tape playlist on the mug itself. Stick the mug in the oven on 350 for 20 minutes to make your ink permanent and you’ve got yourself a unique and special gift. It’s paired perfectly with a Starbucks or your friends other caffeine addiction in the form of a gift card.

2. Check out discount DVD options like the $5 section at Target or Walmart and pick out a holiday classic (“Elf” & “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” are my favorite). To make the movie night even better, stop at a craft store and get some fleece and make an easy tie blanket. Finally, a movie night is not complete without popcorn!

3. Blank CD’s are cheap and give you the chance to make a personalized playlist for your friend and design your own artwork. You could also make a digital playlist and attach it through an email or flashdrive. You can complete the music theme by finding a favorite music poster that your friend will love.

4. Any board or card game would go over well with snowed in college students, but Cards Against Humanity is a huge hit right now. You’ll laugh for hours and it’s perfectly paired with hot chocolate for a fun night in. As a note though: there is a significant amount of mature content in CAH, so use with discretion!

Ali-2014-blogWritten by Ali Sewalt. Ali is a senior at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y. and is the marketing intern at NextStepU. For more college planning advice, visit and start your path today!


Tuesday Tour Day — Hampton University

November 25th, 2014 by

hampton-uHampton University shares its name with the city it is located in, Hampton, Virginia. The historic campus is private and located on the water with a broad range of technical, liberal arts, pre-professional, professional and graduate degree programs.

It is located along the banks of the Virginia Peninsula, near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. The surrounding city of Hampton features a wide array of business and industrial enterprises, retail and residential areas, historical sites, and miles of waterfront and beaches. Nearby attractions include Fort Monroe, NASA Langley Research Center and the Virginia Air and Space Center plus the fun of Hampton University itself.

The university is a dynamic and progressive institution of higher education, in addition to being one of the top historically black universities in the world. The campus features a tightly knit community of learners and educators. Hampton University is committed to multiculturalism as it serves students from diverse national, cultural and economic backgrounds. From it’s origins to present time, the institution has enrolled students from five continents – North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Europe.

Learning is facilitated by a range of educational offerings, a rigorous curriculum, excellent teaching, professional experiences, multiple leadership opportunities, and an emphasis on the development of character, which values integrity, respect, decency, dignity, and responsibility.

Research and public service are integral parts of Hampton’s mission. In order to enhance scholarship and discovery, the faculty is engaged in writing, research, and grantsmanship. Faculty, staff and students provide leadership and service to the University as well as the global community.

On average, students receive an aid package of $4,545 and a scholarship grant aid of $3,349. The average work-study awarded is $2,150. The university offers numerous majors and programs and includes some unique ones such as Aviation/Airway Management, Air Traffic Controller and Interior Design.

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Major Monday — Spanish

November 24th, 2014 by

International communication conceptSpanish majors learn how to speak, write and read Spanish. They study literature written in Spanish, including the literature of Latin America and Latino communities in the United States. As the official language of more countries than any other language except English, it’s prominent in the business world, in the medical field and within the education system. Any job you can think of could make use of a translator within their field.


Typical major courses obviously consist of Spanish classes. These are offered at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels and within these offerings, students are offered cultural, geographical and literature exploration within the language. While becoming well versed in the language itself, they also become familiar with the history and customs. Studies also include Latin American culture and literature, Spanish literature in translation, Spanish Renaissance along with additional courses related to personal career goals.

Prospective majors might want to consider getting a jumpstart by taking Spanish courses as early as they can, starting in high school. Because of the intense literature study during college level programs, students might find it helpful to immerse themselves in world history, European history and English literature while in college as well.  If AP courses in Spanish language and literature, students would be even better prepared.


What to know before you apply
Potential majors should have an interest in practicing Spanish with other people. You will learn Spanish much faster if you attend Spanish-language activities like poetry readings or films while conversing with fellow students and people whose first language is Spanish. Studying abroad or volunteering in Spanish speaking communities will also benefit your skill set and enhance your resume.


Questions to ask before deciding
Spanish allows for many career paths such as aiding in education, translating, medical, and business fields. Having some idea of your interests helps when it comes time to select a program or college.  From there ask yourself if the department sponsors cultural activities such as readings by Spanish-language authors to enrich your experience.  Because you’ll be using Spanish literature as a frame of reference and for historical courses, it’s crucial to ensure that your college library maintains a wide variety or has outside access to a wide range of resources. While it is not always required, study abroad programs in Spanish speaking countries are a huge asset to students and their future – so looking into this also helps.


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Spanish teachers make around $56,000 annually depending on the school level and location. Translators make $45,000 a year, again depending on the business or location. This particular field is seeing a fast growth.


Freebie Friday — Caboodles

November 21st, 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 some sparkle for the ladies. Now guys, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to win or pay attention to this week’s prize! Your girlfriend, best gal pal, sister or even mom will be impressed with you if you give the gift of glitter this holiday season. (But on another note, guys… we have a GREAT “guy” giveaway for you next week. Seriously… don’t miss it!)

This Glitter Train Case from Caboodles, a leader in cosmetic organization. Caboodles has an extensive collection of cases for makeup, hair accessories and so much more. Available at many retailers like Walmart, Ulta and Target, this Glitter Train Case is approximately $45.

Today you have the chance to win one of these fun, sparkly train cases from Caboodles! Just fill out the Rafflecopter app below and you’ll be entered into the giveaway.

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No purchase necessary. Enter the Caboodles Giveaway before 11:59 p.m. (ET) on 11/27/14. One winner will be chosen shortly afterward and announced before 12/5/14. 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 1/5/15 will forfeit his/her prize. Entries will only be accepted through the Rafflecopter application and before the deadline date.