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Teen Advisory Board Sound-Off

January 7th, 2013 by

Our Teen Advisory Board is made up of teens from across the country who weigh in on questions that we ask them about college planning and their future steps. Here’s what some of our teens had to say!


Q: Have you ever considered joining the military? Why or why not?

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“Yes, I have considered going into the military many times, and was very much looking into it for the scholarship aspect of it! I was so excited that I could do something for my country, and when I would return they’d give me a scholarship to go to college! Although, as I researched further and talked to many representatives, I soon found out that people with certain diseases (like diabetes in my case), could not join any part of the military. I checked each branch…and each and every one said they did not accept diabetics. I was upset, but I figured that it’s for my own safety I am sure.”

—McKenzie Nelson
Hendricks, Minnesota

Q: Success is about more than how much money you make. So, what does success mean to you?

TAB-JulieSaint-Vil“Success means accomplishing a goal despite the hardships and obstacles one has had to overcome to get to a certain place.”

— Julie Saint-Vil
North Miami Beach, Florida

TAB-EnikoFekete“Success is about living your best life!”

— Eniko Fekete
Chicago, Illinois

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Meet Dan from the Teen Advisory Board!

June 7th, 2012 by

Dan Konopski, a junior at Grand Island High School, has a secret talent. When I asked for an interesting fact about himself, Dan told me, “I did once consume an entire two-liter bottle of orange soda in one sitting!”

Soda drinking skills aside, Dan is also a successful writer who writes short stories, plays and poetry. He is particularly good at cliffhangers, which he was about to explain before he cut off and left me hanging.

Dan’s many activities include running cross country which he was involved in throughout middle school and his freshman year of high school, but he has also become very active in his theatre department. Not only has he been in several plays, he also is president of the “Spotlighters” drama club at his high school. To add to his resumé, Dan is also a member of the National Honor Society and has earned a “life” rank as a Boy Scout.

As to his future plans, Dan has just started to do some research (and uses NextStepU for some important information he needs to know to prepare for the future!) While he has a few schools in mind, ultimately his decision will come down to what the school has to offer academically, its location, the environment and the reputation of the institution.

By Laura Sestito
Design and Writing Assistant for NextStepU
lsestito@nextstepu.com

Interested in joining our teen board? All you have to do is register on our site, and check the box for teen board. We will contact you!

Teen board members are featured in the magazine, complete fun online challenges, have the chance to be featured in a blog and win cool prizes! Join us today!

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Cover photo shoot and how to get involved

May 3rd, 2012 by

Yesterday, NextStepU had the cover models photo shoot for the 2012-2013 magazine covers. Check out the photo album with pictures from the event on our Facebook page!

Not our friend on Facebook yet? What are you waiting for? LIKE us today!

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Want to get YOUR picture in an issue of NextStepU Magazine? We have many ways for teens to get involved!

Join the Teen Advisory Board! Click the Teen Advisory Board box when you register and we’ll contact you with questions to answer.

• Enter the Shout Out Writing Contest (and even will $100!)

Apply to be a Super Teen! Super Teens get their picture and a stellar write-up in the magazine.

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Teen board spotlight- Colton Tobias

March 13th, 2012 by

Colton Tobias from Hamshire, Texas is a very well rounded and involved student, both on and off campus. To add to his numerous achievements, he is a member of the NextStepU Teen Advisory Board.

Tobias is currently the Ricebelt District Treasurer for FFA (an organization dedicated to agricultural education), HamshireFannett FFA Secretary, student council representative, member of Youth Leadership of Southeast Texas and a member of Spanish club. He has also been a Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Calf Scramble Recipient, a member of Junior Beefmasters Breeders Association and part of HLSR PublicSpeaking.

To give back to his community, Tobias volunteers with YMBL Rodeo for special kids, the Soup Kitchens of Southeast Texas and HEB Feast of Sharing. Last year, he placed 10th for Public Speaking in FFA at the state level.

In his free time, he enjoys fishing, attending livestock shows with his cow and going to the beach and the lake.

He plans to major in criminal justices at Texas A&M University before attending law school (he plans to become a prosecutor for the Jefferson County courthouse). Eventually, Tobias hopes to be a county judge.

By: Alexandria Suto
NSU Public Relations Intern
pr@nextstepu.com

Interested in joining our teen board? All you have to do is register on our site, and check the box for teen board. We will contact you!

Teen board members are featured in the magazine, complete fun online challenges, have the chance to be featured in a blog and win cool prizes! Join us today!

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Teen board spotlight- Stefanie Wu

February 23rd, 2012 by

Stefanie Wu

Stefanie Wu from Barrigada, Guam is a well-rounded student who has contributed to her school and community in numerous ways and will now contribute her talents to the NextStepU Teen Advisory Board.

As a junior at the Academy of Our Lady of Guam, Wu loves spending her time volunteering. Throughout high school she has volunteered at numerous organizations, including the Children’s Alee Shelter, United Services Organization (USO), Guam Memorial Hospital Skilled Nurse Unit, Salvation Army and St. Dominic Senior Care Home.

Currently, Wu serves as the vice president of Model United Nation and Japanese Club at her high school. She also served as a lawyer and co-captain of mock trial and vice president of the class of 2013, which won second place in the Song Festival Competition.

Other accomplishments of Wu’s include induction into the National Honor Society Camarin Chapter, the certification of appreciation for her work in the Salvation Army and being named the current salutatorian of her junior class. She is currently a member of the following clubs on campus: Model United Nations, mock trial, student council, Future Educators Association, Japanese club and Spanish club at her school.

Outside of school and her time spent volunteering, Wu enjoys swimming, playing tennis and tumbling. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. One of her favorite memories of travel is when she traveled to the United States to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum in Medicine at the University of California Los Angles.  “Although the forum only lasted 10 days, it is a memory worth remembering for a lifetime,” she says. “Everyone I met had diverse backgrounds and had the same interests as I do.”

For the summer, Wu is looking into an internship at a local pharmacy. Her plans for college are centered on her passion for medicine, biology, chemistry and especially pharmacy. Wu hopes to one day obtain a Ph.D after attending a six-year pharmacy program.

By: Alexandria Suto
NSU Public Relations Intern
ajs01549@sjfc.edu

Interested in joining our teen board? All you have to do is register on our site, and check the box for teen board. We will contact you!

Teen board members are featured in the magazine, complete fun online challenges, have the chance to be featured in a blog and win cool prizes! Join us today!

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Teen board spotlight- Morissa Schwartz

February 9th, 2012 by

Morissa Schwartz, of Colonia, N.J. believes, “I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.” For this senior at The Middlesex Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences, this statement could not be more relevant.

As an experienced singer and performer, Schwartz has made several appearances singing at large numbered audiences and even plans to sing the national anthem and “God Bless America” this upcoming summer at local stadiums.

A published author of the book “A Career in Contests,” she continues to succeed through her recorded 550 volunteer service hours, maintaining her executive role as editor-in-chief of the school newspaper and participating in numerous clubs on campus, including National Spanish Honor Society. She was also the winner of a video contest (which was displayed in Times Square), and she broke a a Guinness World Record for the ‘Longest Chain of Bracelets.’

She remains an active member of her community through her participation as a member of the Youth Advisory Committee of New Jersey and Student Safety Ambassador for Robert Wood Johnson Hospital.

Despite her busy schedule, she maintains straight A’s, takes college courses and continues her job as a lawyer’s assistant where she reads over cases, examines evidence, attends court and takes notes.

In the future she plans to become a medical malpractice attorney and judge with the hopes to better help those in need.

By: Alexandria Suto
NSU Public Relations Intern
ajs01549@sjfc.edu

Interested in joining our teen board? All you have to do is register on our site, and check the box for teen board. We will contact you!

Teen board members are featured in the magazine, complete fun online challenges, have the chance to be featured in a blog and win cool prizes! Join us today!

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