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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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Internet Service and the New E-Learning Reality Blog Featured 

Internet Service and the New E-Learning Reality

In today’s digital world, it is easy to overlook the fact that some families with students do not have access to the internet. This does not have to be a barrier to e-learning. During this time of COVID-19, some companies are offering free or low-cost internet service. Whether it is you, or if you know someone in need, contact Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Altice or Cox for help and information.

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Puzzling Through the Pandemic Blog Featured 

Puzzling Through the Pandemic

As the pandemic progresses, jigsaw puzzles have become a “must have” for people worldwide trying to stay sane. Today you can work jigsaw puzzles on your computer and mobile devices, but many of us like the physical puzzle. You set up a card table or clear off the dining room table, dump the box full of pieces, turn them all over so they are right-side up, find all the outside pieces and begin the process. I remember doing this with my grandma and grandpa, and now my mom has a jigsaw puzzle…

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Job Search Tips Blog Featured 

Job Search Tips

All of us are treading where no person has gone before. We are basically making it up as we go along. But, seniors, take note, the one thing that will never change is being prepared for your job search. Now is not the time to scratch your head and wonder what’s next. Use this time to learn and put your plan together. Ascend Indiana has 6 tips to help you get ready. We will all get through this crazy time and when we do, you don’t want to be stuck on the…

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Historical Recordings Blog Featured 

Historical Recordings

Every year, the Library of Congress adds 25 songs to its National Recording Registry. The registry designates recordings that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” and are at least 10 years old. The new class has been announced. Here is a complete list, including this year’s inductees. You can nominate songs for the registry for next year. Everyone is welcome to submit nominations to the National Recording Registry. Nominations are forwarded to the Librarian of Congress and the National Recording Preservation Board for their consideration. With some of your down time during our mandatory “stay at…

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Vincent – Starry, Starry Night Blog Featured 

Vincent – Starry, Starry Night

Vincent Van Gogh – brilliant painter, troubled soul. On this day in 1853, Van Gogh was born. In his lifetime, he created approximately 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings. And yes, Van Gogh is the artist who severed his own left ear. Van Gogh painted many self-portraits because he could not afford models. While he was alive, he only sold one painting. The rest of his paintings were not sold or made famous until after his death. Today, Van Gogh’s paintings are some of the most expensive in the world. Don…

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Don’t Stop Your Job Search Blog Featured 

Don’t Stop Your Job Search

Searching for a job is different today from what it was only 2 weeks ago. As COVID-19 continues to change our daily lives, it has also changed what job seekers need to be aware of moving forward. Networking, professional development, phone and video interviews and working from home are all things that need to be considered. Here are 3 ways to keep your job search active now, and mostly likely, in the new future.

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Deadlines for Financial Aid Blog Featured 

Deadlines for Financial Aid

Hey everybody, even though we are out of the classroom does not mean there are not things we should be doing. One of the most important items you need to be taking care of is filing for FAFSA. Don’t miss out on the opportunity for financial aid because you were not paying attention to the deadlines. If you need more information about FAFSA, Learn More Indiana has the answers.

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Having Trouble Studying from Home? Blog Featured 

Having Trouble Studying from Home?

You are not alone. The pandemic has thrown us all in the same situation when it comes to studying or working from home. Distractions, procrastination, uncomfortable working locations in the house, all the different media – social, music, games, TV, even the dog barking or moving from one corner of the room to the next (remember, his daily routine has ALSO, been disrupted!) Here are 7 tips to help keep you on course. Other ways to avoid distractions and stay focused can be found here. These are unique and trying times. We will…

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The Handshake Blog Featured 

The Handshake

We all do it. With friends, relatives and even strangers. We offer our hand in greeting. Shaking hands is nothing new. In ancient times it was used to convey peaceful intentions. Shaking hands proved you did not have weapon in your hand or anything up your sleeve. It was also a symbol of good faith when making an oath or promise. In America, the  -popularity of the handshake can be traced back to 18th century Quakers—showing friendship to all no matter who. Perhaps foreshadowing today’s coronavirus pandemic, nurse Leila Given wrote an article in…

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How Will I Get a Job Now? Blog Featured 

How Will I Get a Job Now?

Seniors, I know it seems like the world is imploding right now. We are all in one enormous time-out. And you are asking yourself, “How am I going to find a job or an internship now?” Are businesses even thinking about hiring?” Life during a pandemic means being prepared, and that includes staying focused on your career, even if we aren’t sure what’s ahead. Ascend Indiana helps connects students with Indiana jobs and internships, as well as helping Indiana employers access the skilled workforce they need to thrive. Ascend is open and…

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Archimedes and the Enigmatic Ratio of Pi (π) Blog Featured 

Archimedes and the Enigmatic Ratio of Pi (π)

Pi (π) is an irrational number. This means it cannot be expressed as a common fraction. Also, π is a transcendental number; that is, it is not the root of any polynomial having rational coefficients. This transcendence of π implies that it is impossible to solve the ancient challenge of squaring the circle with a compass and straightedge. For all of you that understand all of that, I am extremely impressed. I am also extremely impressed that the famous mathematical ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter is estimated to more than 22 trillion digits (and counting!) The Greek geometer Archimedes, some…

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National Read Across America Day! Blog Featured 

National Read Across America Day!

Read Across America Week kicks off today with National Read Across America Day, which also happens to be the birthday of Dr. Seuss. The NEA (National Education Association) launched Read Across America in 1997. National Read Across America Day is a yearly observance held on the school day that is nearest to March 2—Theodor Geisel’s birthday, better known as Dr. Seuss. I am sure most of us grew up reading Seuss’s books. My personal favorites are How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Green Eggs and Ham, and The Lorax. His ability to connect with children…

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Leaplings Unite! Blog Featured 

Leaplings Unite!

Were you born on February 29? If so, you are one of only about 5 million people in the whole world. Why do we have this extra day every 4 years? While most years contain 365 days, it actually takes the Earth a little bit longer to make its orbit—roughly 365.2421 days, so approximately every 4 years, we tag on one extra day to make up the time. provides 5 things you may not know about Leap Day. And to help you celebrate in style, here are 13 Leap Year traditions from BuzzFeed. No…

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Tug-of-War Blog Featured 


You remember tug-of-war in school—a few “big” kids on one side and everybody else on the other side and everybody else always lost. Well, February 19, 2020 is Tug-of-War Day and after doing a little research, I have discovered that tug-of-war is much more than a playground game where the little kids end up with skinned knees and muddy faces. Take for instance, did you know the U.S. has an official Tug-of-War Association—USATOWA. There are 50+ countries associated with the International governing body called TWIF—The Tug of War International Federation, including…

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Space Out in Indiana Blog Featured 

Space Out in Indiana

Who knew there were outer space attractions in Indiana? Planetariums, Charles W. Brown and Holcomb, where the night sky is projected on dome ceilings; observatories, McKim and Kirkwood, where the ceilings open and telescopes are used to view the actual night sky; The Challenger Learning Center in Hammond for 5-8 graders who participate in teams for simulated space missions; events at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis; The Grissom Memorial at Spring Mill State Park, which houses Grissom’s space capsule—“Liberty Bell 7”; there is Science Central in Fort Wayne and check out theNeil Armstrong Statue at Purdue University. Get out there and reach for the stars!

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