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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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.



Scholarships — App-reneur Awards

October 15th, 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: 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 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!

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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Freebie Friday —

October 10th, 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.

Today, we are sharing 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. 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.



Scholarships — Foot Locker Scholar Athletes

October 8th, 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: The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program

Amount: Twenty Foot Locker Scholar Athletes will each receive $20,000 in college scholarship money for their excellence in school, on their sports teams, and in their communities.

Description: Foot Locker Foundation, Inc. will be awarding $20,000 college scholarships to 20 outstanding student athletes (totaling $400,000) through The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program. The program honors students who demonstrate academic excellence and exemplify strong leadership skills in sports, at school, and within their communities.

• Be entering college in the fall of 2015 as a Freshman at a four-year school for an undergraduate degree.
• Be currently involved in high school sports, intramural sports, or community based sports.
• Have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
• Be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident (you will be asked to prove citizenship and age if you win).
• Not be an employee, officer or director of Foot Locker, Inc., or any of its subsidiaries, or a member of the immediate family of such an employee, officer or director.

Deadline: December 18, 2014 at 5 pm (ET). Winners will be announced in April.

Full rules and regulations can be found on The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program.

Best of luck to those who apply!

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Tuesday Tour Day – Wade College

October 7th, 2014 by

Wade College-Fashion SketchingWade College is located in Dallas, Texas and features intimate class size in a creative and compassionate setting. The college resides in the heart of the Design District where they have access to The Dallas Market Center, the world’s largest Wholesale Market. Through this, students have the opportunity to seek out amazing internships, part time work, and full time work. It’s a specialized college that offers dual major Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Merchandising and Design. The program highlights the significance of both general education and specialized fields of study.

The college feels it’s important to prepare students with general fields of study like mathematics, social science, behavioral science, humanities, fine arts and more, to pair with their careers in visual fields while also helping them broaden their learning outcomes. Through completing general liberal arts credits, Wade students possess analytical, written, mathematical, communication, business and presentation skills to bridge their fields of study with the demands of the modern career world.

Wade’s most popular fields of learning are specialized studies focused in graphic design, fashion design, interior design, merchandise marketing and visual communication at the baccalaureate degree level. The college offers many resume building opportunities and they have guest speakers and field trips related to the industry. They also have numerous clubs such as the Merchandising and Design Student Association, ASID Student Chapter, Phi Theta Kappa and Mu Kappa Tau.

Financial aid is available for those who qualify and the college offers a great Financial Services Department that is available to aid prospective and current students. They have an all-inclusive tuition rate of $29,425 for an AA in Merchandising and Design and it includes an iPad mini, e-books and art supplies.

Additionally, the school offers an academic scholarship of $4,000 for the top 20 percent of their graduation class in High School or College. Because of the college’s small size, prospective students must go through an interview and application process where the college will work with them to get through the admissions process. The college is also unique in that it has shorter completion times, full time students can complete their Associate and Bachelor degrees in 16 or 32 months. Most professors still work actively in the professional industry.

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Major Monday – Early Childhood Education

October 6th, 2014 by

Kindergarten teacher standing with children in corridorCan you look back and remember playing school with your childhood friends? Did you often find yourself playing the role of the teacher? Are children often drawn to you because you’re fun, creative and yet still responsible? Do you enjoy being around children and helping them learn and create?

If you answered yes to these, you have a lot in common with those who choose to study Early Childhood Education and those who work as teachers now. You might consider this major for the aforementioned things and because you’ll learn how to create and manage a nurturing and safe learning environment where children grow, thrive and develop.

This degree is offered at the associate’s and at the bachelor’s level. Prospective students might find it helpful to take the following courses while still in high school: AP English Language, a foreign language, sociology, family and consumer studies and AP psychology. These of course are not required, but help students achieve success and excel in their program.

Once in their college programs, students will find themselves taking childhood development, classroom management and behavior, curriculum methods, instructional design, instructional resources and technology and parent-child relations. These of course vary based on particular schools, but still hold true for most programs.

What to know before you apply
Students will find that it makes the process easier if they are caring, patient, and creative. Teamwork skills are vital too. You’ll want to teach cooperation to your students, and you’ll need it yourself — chances are you’ll be working with an aide or another teacher.

During your junior and senior years, you’ll spend lots of time in classrooms, gradually moving from observer to active participant. You’ll probably visit a number of schools that adhere to different educational philosophies, so you can find out which approach suits you best.

No matter what the model, you can watch how teachers create a caring and stimulating classroom, how they involve parents in the learning process, and how they work with students on both academics and issues such as self-esteem. Before you graduate, you’ll spend a semester student teaching and putting into practice all you’ve learned.

Early education majors don’t necessarily have to go into teaching, they can use their degree to be an education administrator, educational counselor, a preschool teacher, a librarian, a school psychologist and a special education teacher.

Colleges offering related fields of study
Barry University —Miami Fla.
Gannon University — Erie, Penn.
Monroe Community College — Rochester, N.Y.

In 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics listed early childhood education majors who worked as kindergarten or elementary school teachers as making $53,090 a year.

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