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Get ready, get set—if you are a high school senior, it’s time to apply to college. Even if deadlines for your school of choice are a few months away, you should begin your application sooner than later so that you can be ready to hit “send” when the time is right. If the school has rolling admissions—that is, decisions are made continuously throughout the year—you could find out within a few weeks whether you’ve been admitted and begin making choices about living arrangements and other important decisions. Start here: Choose…

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What We Learned About Online Learning in 2020 College 

What We Learned About Online Learning in 2020

Last year at this time, you might never have even considered what it would be like to do high school at home. Now, we all know it’s possible—and that it might be necessary again. Here’s what we know now: Remote learning takes self-discipline. Get on a schedule, stay on the schedule and force yourself to stay on task. When you finish your day, get some fresh air and exercise. Don’t cheat. Most of us will have to keep learning our whole lives. You might as well try to learn the…

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How Will I Know If Something’s Wrong? College 

How Will I Know If Something’s Wrong?

Sometimes things don’t go our way or bad and unexpected things happen. It’s normal to get upset or sad during upsetting times, but if you feel that your friend isn’t responding normally it might mean that there’s something more serious going on. The National Alliance for Mental Illness ( wants you to know about these signs: Withdrawing from social activities or appearing down for more than 2 weeks. This could mean crying regularly, feeling tired all the time or not wanting to hang out anymore.  Self-harming actions such as cutting or…

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What if I’m not sure about college? College 

What if I’m not sure about college?

This is more common than you think. When I was entering college, I did not truly know what I wanted to study or even do after college. My first piece of advice would be to connect with your college advisor (when you get one) and let him/her know what your passions are, which will then lead into creating goals for yourself in college. Your hobbies can possibly become a career for you so definitely keep an open mind in college. My next piece of advice would be to get involved…

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Making a college bucket list is your license to dream big and make a note of everything you hope to experience in your journey through college. Check out this list of ideas for inspiration—then get inventive and craft your own! Engage on Campus Write for a campus publication Take a class you’re interested in just for fun Complete an honors thesis Schedule coffee with a professor Join, lead or start your own campus organization “Working at the student newspaper, even if you aren’t a journalism major, provides a deep understanding…

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Take the SAT or ACT College 

Take the SAT or ACT

Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch can also take the SAT and ACT for free. Ask your school counselor for more information. Learn more about the SAT at Learn more about the ACT at Test Optional? Among the many events cancelled in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic were SAT and ACT exams in the spring of 2020. Many colleges were already moving to becoming test-optional and many more removed testing requirements for applicants through at least 2021. Check with colleges you plan to apply to…

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21st Century Scholar Support Specialist College 

21st Century Scholar Support Specialist

Brandi Lambertson 2020 Graduate, Ball State University In 2020, Brandi Lambertson graduated from Ball State University with a double major in Entrepreneurial Management and Marketing. She was president of Ball State’s Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization and was named the outstanding graduate for the Entrepreneurial Management Major. She also works for Ball State, as a 21st Century Scholar Support Specialist. A graduate student usually has that position, but Lambertson was chosen as an undergraduate by the AmeriCorps program and Ball State because of her unique qualifications. To this day, she enjoys helping…

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Day in the Life of a College Student College Featured 

Day in the Life of a College Student

Tyra Baker was in her senior year at IUPUI studying psychology with minors in International Studies and Culture Diversity when she landed an internship at the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. As an intern, she wrote a blog post for Learn More Indiana, which has been edited here for Next Indiana. Wake Up Call! My day starts at 6:30 or 7 a.m., depending on my class and work schedule. I get up, make breakfast of either oatmeal or eggs and make a delicious cup of French roast coffee to wake…

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Vote! College 


Young voters are an important part of our election process. You can make an impact on your community, the state of Indiana and our nation by participating in the 2020 election. 3 Things to Know About Voting General Election Day is November 3, 2020. You have the right to vote in Indiana if: You are both a U.S. citizen and a resident of Indiana; and You will be at least 18 years of age on or before the next General or Municipal Election, and You are not currently in prison…

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Buzzwords: College College 

Buzzwords: College

Starting college can feel like you’re learning a new language. Some terms you need to know: Academic Advisor A counselor or designated individual who has been formally trained to counsel students regarding academic choices. Your advisor’s advice will enable you to enroll in the courses that best support your academic goals. Accreditation Accreditation is the endorsement by a third party of an institution’s quality of education. A school’s accreditation determines its eligibility to receive federal (Title IV) and state financial aid. Proper accreditation is also important for the acceptance and…

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Looking Back at Senior Year, Looking Forward to What’s Next College 

Looking Back at Senior Year, Looking Forward to What’s Next

The students on our cover are all unique, yet they share a common bond as 2020 graduates of Indiana high schools. Meet Noah, Kiara and Ali. Noah Jager High School: Bloomington South High SchoolPost-high school plan: Playing basketball and serving at the United States Military Academy at West Point Q: What were some of your best moments of senior year? A: My favorite moments were playing the lead role of “Beast” in “Beauty and the Beast,” being the captain of the basketball team, and participating in a Riley Dance Marathon….

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Take the ACT or SAT College 

Take the ACT or SAT

Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch can also take the SAT and ACT for free. Ask your school counselor for more information 2019–2020 ACT Test Date Registration DeadlineSeptember 14, 2019 August 16, 2019October 26, 2019 September 20, 2019December 14, 2019 November 8, 2019February 8, 2020 January 10, 2020April 4, 2020 February 28, 2020June 13, 2020 May 8, 2020July 18, 2020 June 19, 2020Learn more about the ACT at 2019–2020 SAT Test Date Registration DeadlineAugust 24, 2019 July 24, 2019October 5, 2019 September 5, 2019November 2, 2019 October…

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Five College Myths  You Can Stop Believing College 

Five College Myths You Can Stop Believing

Myth #1 College isn’t for everyone.If you think college isn’t for you, maybe you should think about all the ways you can go to college. You can take classes full time or part time, online, on campus close to home, far away or in between. Community college certificates and associate degrees can help you keep learning beyond high school and increase your hiring and earning potential. Don’t be too quick to dismiss college as an opportunity. Do some research online and ask your counselor—and every adult you know—to help you…

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How He Did It: Finding the Right Fit Blog College 

How He Did It: Finding the Right Fit

Growing up in Fort Wayne, Mateo Gonzalez was given a clear message from his mother and grandparents. “It was drilled into us that we would get a college degree,” he said. So, after graduating from Northside High School, Gonzalez started college. It didn’t go well. “Without having a set career path, I stopped showing up to classes and I failed my entire second semester,” Gonzalez said. “I thought, ‘College isn’t for me.’ I felt like I was failing.” Gonzalez took a semester off, then returned to college, this time to…

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Application Basics College 

Application Basics

Choose at least three and up to six or more colleges to apply to. Even if you have a favorite, make a list of several schools you’ll almost definitely be accepted by, a couple of schools you have a good chance of being accepted by, and a couple of schools that might be a reach but you’re hoping to be accepted by. This way, you’ll have options when you make your decision Get organized. It’s hard to keep all the information about financial aid, programs, courses and housing about each…

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High School is the Right Time to Earn College Credit College 

High School is the Right Time to Earn College Credit

Earning college credits while you are still in high school is a smart move. You’ll be ahead of the game at a lower cost and may also learn some valuable lessons about the demands of college-level learning. Check with your counselor for programs you might qualify for, but here are at least two ways that work for many students: • Advanced Placement (AP) Courses. AP courses are offered at your high school in order to provide an opportunity for college credit. At the end of the course, you take a…

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Transition to College in 3 Steps Blog College 

Transition to College in 3 Steps

1. Leave your parents behind. OK, a bit extreme. But if you haven’t learned to do some basic self-care habits (setting your own alarm to wake up, doing laundry, budgeting your spending money, keeping track of your stuff) it’s past time. College will test your abilities in many ways, so get the basics of adulthood down now. 2. Embrace the college experience. Attend every freshman welcome week or orientation activity you can, and don’t hesitate to plunge right into campus life. Make a goal to join at least one organization…

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Should I Take Online College Classes? College 

Should I Take Online College Classes?

Never getting out of your pajamas and taking classes online may sound like a good option. But is it a good way to earn a college degree? “Online learning can play a part in every person’s educational journey, but it is not the right, first choice for every student,” according to Ivy Tech Community College Vice Provost Kara Monroe. Too often, students end up in an online course because the traditional classroom course is full, or because they need the credit to enter a degree program. A better approach is…

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Take a Closer Look College 

Take a Closer Look

Thousands of high school students visit campuses each year, hoping to find just the right college. To aid in the search, Purdue University and the Gallup organization have partnered on the Gallup-Purdue Index, a study of 30,000 college graduates. The study found that college graduates who have achieved great jobs and great lives were more likely to be personally engaged with a faculty member, have participated in an internship, been involved in extracurricular activities and have graduated with manageable student debt. These findings held true regardless of the type of…

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