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Online Learning Blog Featured 

Online Learning

As we prepare for a new and MUCH different school year, online learning could still be the way most of you must attend classes. Check out the new issue of Next Indiana and see “What We Learned About Online Learning in 2020”. There are also 3 blogs with information of how to study from home, and how to stay motivated to do you schoolwork while remote learning.

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Mental Health Blog Featured 

Mental Health

It is not easy being a teenager. It seems like everything about you and around you is changing. We all experience the confusion and awkwardness, but if what you or a friend are feeling seems overwhelming and begins to affect how you interact with your family and friends, maybe it is more than just teenage angst. “How Will I Know If Something’s Wrong?” is a great article in the new issue of Next Indiana. Make sure you, your family and friends know the warning signs and remember asking for, or offering, help is…

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Make a Difference! Blog Featured 

Make a Difference!

Will you be 18 years old on or before November 3, 2020? This is our next General Election Day—the Presidential Election and you want to be ready. You can make sure your voice is heard and help make a difference by VOTING. In order to vote, you must be registered by October 5, 2020. You can register to vote at You will need a valid Indiana Driver’s License Number or Indiana State Identification Number. If you do not have either of these, you can download and print the Indiana Voter Registration…

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Contractions, Plurals, and Possessives Blog Featured 

Contractions, Plurals, and Possessives

What do all three of these things have in common? The multi-talented apostrophe, of course. That little, superscript mark is a powerful piece of punctuation. It allows us to combine words by indicating the missing letters. It can make singular nouns plural. And, by adding the simple apostrophe plus an “s,” it converts singular nouns into possessives whether the singular noun ends in “s” or not. Now, there are grammar rules attached to all three of these uses, but it appears that we are in the middle of an apostrophe revolt….

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What’s Your Next Step? Blog 

What’s Your Next Step?

Ever heard of the adjacent possible theory? According to Steven Johnson, author of Where Good Ideas Come From, “The adjacent possible is a kind of shadow future, hovering on the edges of the present state of things, a map of all the ways in which the present can reinvent itself.” Adjacent possible was first introduced by Stuart Kauffman in 2002. Kauffman’s theory proposes that biological systems are able to morph into more complex systems by making incremental, relatively less energy consuming changes in their make up. Basically, taking small steps. That all sounds very…

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Up to the Challenge? Blog Featured 

Up to the Challenge?

A new TechPoint program is offering 500 students who lost their summer internships due to COVID-19 a challenge. The Summer Opportunities for Students (S.O.S.) Challenge is a 5-week work experience for Indiana college and university students. Each student who completes the program will receive $500 and a chance at a $25,000 purse and virtual presentation to Governor Eric Holcomb and Indiana tech sector leaders. The challenge will involve nine real-world, COVID-19-related topics including e-learning, tourism, and telehealth. Students can apply here by June 1. Good Luck!

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I’ll Have a Burger Blog Featured 

I’ll Have a Burger

“Man who invented the hamburger was smart; Man who invented the cheeseburger was a genius.” – Matthew McConaughey. Rejoice! It is National Hamburger Day! Hamburger Day celebrates what is most likely America’s most iconic food. We eat nearly 50 billion burgers a year! Want more burger facts? Check out this Hamburger Trivia. Whether you like yours plain, with cheese, or all the fixings and more, today is your day to shine. Chow Down!

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Picture This! Blog Featured 

Picture This!

Whether you are a photographer or just an admirer of great photography, you will find the winners of the GDT Nature Photographer of the Year competition amazing and awe-inspiring. While you probably do not have a crocodile in your proximity, the great Indiana outdoors with its beautiful backyards, parks and unique locations and attractions, makes for some perfect photo opportunities. Get outside this holiday weekend and see nature through your camera lens. You never know, you could be next year’s winner! Happy Shooting!

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The ‘121 Patent Blog Featured 

The ‘121 Patent

May 20, 1873 is an extremely important day for almost every one of us alive today. May 20 is the day Jacob W. Davis, a tailor by training, was assigned U.S. Patent No. 139,121—known as the ‘121 Patent. The ‘121 Patent specifically related to copper rivet fasteners for denim trousers. It so happened that the patent was jointly assigned to Levi Strauss and his growing business—Levi Strauss & Company, thus creating a match made in fashion heaven! The famous 501 brand jean—known until 1890 as “XX” became a bestseller. I for one am glad they are no…

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Plan Your Path to Your Dream Job Blog Featured 

Plan Your Path to Your Dream Job

We have it pictured in our minds—our dream job. It is perfect. It affords us all the things we think we want our future to be. Unfortunately, most of us do not step out of our cap and gown directly into our future selves. The big question is how do we get there? How do we get on the path that leads us in the right direction? Well Rebecca Cook, executive director of Undergraduate Career Services and Eric D. Johnson, associate director for professional development, and graduate career services—both at…

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Today’s Tech-Driven Job Search Blog Featured 

Today’s Tech-Driven Job Search

Searching for a job today is a lot different than just sending a resume to a HR human. Most companies and recruiters use all the newest technology to screen resumes. But what are they actually looking for besides all the right keywords? This article in Fast Company—3 things job seekers need to know about hiring technology (and 3 ways to make it work for you) reveals some very interesting facts.

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Summer 2020 Internships Blog Featured 

Summer 2020 Internships

We know this has been the craziest time for our Indiana students – lockdown; elearning; sports, proms, graduations cancelled; virtual college tours and future plans completely different than they were in March. But now is not the time to give up. Now is the time to take action. For those of you looking for internships for this summer, according to Indiana INTERNnet, there are plenty of Indiana companies looking for interns. Fifty-four percent of those employers are planning to hire between one to three interns and twenty-three percent are planning on hiring…

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Interviews During COVID-19 Blog Featured 

Interviews During COVID-19

Interviewing for a new job can be stressful in the best of times. During this time of social distancing, many recruiters and hiring managers are turning to video interviews. This can present a new group of challenges, but Fast Company has 5 things you must do to have a successful video job interview. From testing your internet connection to dressing the part. You can do this, be prepared, and remain confident.

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Throw Back Thursday Blog Featured 

Throw Back Thursday

WWW; URL; HTML; HTTP; Yahoo; Amazon; eBay; Google—just a mere 30 years ago, none of these things existed! I know—hard to believe! It seems so strange that the world could even function before the World Wide Web (WWW). Computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989. Thank goodness, on April 30, 1993, he released the source code for the world’s first web browser and editor. Curious about how the WWW is doing today? Check out these internet live stats. Amazing!

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New College Students – Do You Have a Wellness Plan? Blog Featured 

New College Students – Do You Have a Wellness Plan?

As many of you graduate high school and prepare for college have you thought about a personal wellness plan? Our overall well-being—the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy—depends on many things including feeling happy, healthy, and socially connected. During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, your well-being may need support. Psychologist Sandra M. Chafouleas offers 5 things college students should include in their wellness plans.

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Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics Education Blog Featured 

Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics Education

Advanced manufacturing and logistics are huge in Indiana. In fact, Indiana is a global leader in these fields. This means there are numerous job opportunities in our home state. Did you know that the average manufacturing salary is $77,573 and the average logistics salary is $66,690? Conexus Indiana maintains and grows Indiana’s competitive advantage in these field and they are partnering with 180 Skills in Indianapolis and Purdue University’s IN-MaC (Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center) to offer 700 courses focused on aerospace, automotive and commercial manufacturing. These courses are online and available to high school students right now….

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Internships and COVID-19 Blog Featured 

Internships and COVID-19

How are you supposed to get an internship during the coronavirus when businesses are closed, and social distancing is keeping us apart? Jon Schlesinger, director of the career center at Brandeis University, offers 5 tips for students who are searching for internships or haven’t yet started internships that they’ve secured including micro-internships.

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Motivation to Do Schoolwork Not There? Blog Featured 

Motivation to Do Schoolwork Not There?

COVID-19 has disrupted the way the entire world works including the way students are learning. Remote elearning is not something we thought we would have to do for long periods of time. Now, it is how we are going to finish this school year. Staying motivated to study and learn at home can be a challenge. Ryan Korstange, assistant professor of University Studies at Middle Tennessee State University, shares 6 tips on how to build motivation to do your schoolwork now and in future.

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Keep Smiling Blog Featured 

Keep Smiling

As we all try to figure out how best to deal with the extraordinary circumstances, we find ourselves in, one of the most important things we can do is continue to smile. Reading an article from Inside Indiana Business about “Growing Your Business: Try to Smile in the Face of Adversity,” I realized that the article is basically about life. Research by Harvard psychology professor and speaker, Dan Gilbert (a man who has made a career out of studying happiness—I want that job!) indicates there is some real science behind the smile and happiness. Gilbert’s research determined…

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