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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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How She Did It: Making the Most of College Blog College 

How She Did It: Making the Most of College

Madeline Hudson is majoring in law and public policy at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Bloomington, but her college experiences have taken her beyond the classroom. She has traveled through study abroad opportunities to Cuba and India, and is philanthropy chair of Alpha Delta Alpha, an international pre-law fraternity. She’s also a member of IU Model United Nations and has traveled as a delegate, as well as chaired the IUMUN Commission on the Status of Women at its conference for high schoolers. She chose those…

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Brownsburg Senior Wins 2019 Scholarship. Could You Be Next? Blog College 

Brownsburg Senior Wins 2019 Scholarship. Could You Be Next?

Bryce Dixon, who graduated with the Brownsburg High School class of 2019, entered the Next Indiana scholarship contest in 2018 and won $1,500 for college. Dixon will attend Indiana University. He plans to study finance and accounting, with a complementary minor in Spanish. “I also might consider international business, as my minor in Spanish will permit me to work abroad in countries that speak the Spanish language,” Dixon said. To prepare for college, Dixon said he took many AP classes in high school to become accustomed to the workload of…

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Tips to Finding the Right College College 

Tips to Finding the Right College

Going to college is the next logical step after high school, but make sure your choice fits you, your career plan, and your budget. Three ways to start: Think ahead. Your career goals should shape your college choice. Some certificate programs can get you into a job in less than a year. On the other hand, you might want to be a lawyer, doctor, scientist or physical therapist, which will require many more years of education, and you’ll want to factor those plans into your decision. Create your path for…

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Major Moves College 

Major Moves

Jobs are organized into broad categories, called career clusters. Within 16 different career clusters, you’ll find almost unlimited opportunities. You can learn more about all of them, including employment and wages, education and training, and projected job openings, at the Bureau of of Labor Statistics’ Career Outlook pages at Check out a sample of the career clusters below, and a short list of college majors that might help you advance: Architecture & Construction Careers involve designing and building homes, roads and other structures. Possible college majors: building/construction management, architecture, interior…

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College, Your Way College 

College, Your Way

Indiana has more than 100 choices of colleges and universities, ranging from two Big 10 schools—Indiana University and Purdue University—to more than a dozen independent institutions, and several choices that fall in between in terms of size. You can go big, go small, or stay close to home. It can cost a little—or a lot. What’s your style? Check out these options: Community college: At Ivy Tech Community College campuses throughout the state or Vincennes University in Vincennes and Indianapolis, you can earn a certificate or two-year associate degree quicker…

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Meet Matthew Calisto – High School Hard Work Pays Off College 

Meet Matthew Calisto – High School Hard Work Pays Off

Matthew Calisto and his older brother were called “the brains” by his parents, but hard work played a big part in his success in high school and getting into college. Calisto plans to study mechanical engineering at Purdue University, where his good grades in high school won him a Presidential Scholarship for $2,400. He also received a scholarship from the Cass County Community Foundation, and applied for a handful of others from local organizations. “My parents saved, but I feel guilty accepting my parents’ money,” Calisto says. “I was never…

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College Admissions Do’s and Don’ts College 

College Admissions Do’s and Don’ts

Do create a list. After doing some research, create a list of six colleges you will apply to, based on whether they’re a good “fit” for your goals and your family’s finances. Thinking about your test scores and personal profile, include a few “safety” schools and one “reach” school. Don’t miss a deadline. Review the requirements and deadlines for each college on your list, as well as scholarship and FAFSA deadlines, then put them on your calendar or smartphone. You can find Indiana college application deadlines at Do apply…

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Step Up to the Degree You Need College 

Step Up to the Degree You Need

Climbing the ladder of success isn’t easy, but education can help. Each level of education you earn can bring a higher income, better career options, and more job satisfaction. Taking it step-by-step is a cost-effective way to pursue higher education. Some colleges encourage “stackable degrees” that enable you to earn a certificate, then have those credits count toward the next levels of study: associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate. Doctorate Many careers in the fields of medicine and science require doctorate (Ph.D.) degrees, as well as other fields that include research…

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Search and Find Your Campus Resources College 

Search and Find Your Campus Resources

One of the best skills you can learn in college is how to be your own advocate and ask for help when you need it. Many resources exist on college campuses to help students. For example, you can visit the learning center on campus for tutoring and academic help, or consult your resident advisor for roommate troubles. Take your money concerns to the financial aid office, and don’t wait to get to the health center for physical and mental health problems. For fun, definitely check out the student center or…

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Meet Lisa Fischer  – Search Proves Successful for College, Career College 

Meet Lisa Fischer – Search Proves Successful for College, Career

Growing up, Lisa Fischer helped her parents on their pumpkin farm, but hoped to study engineering in college after graduating from La Porte High School in La Porte, Indiana. Plans change: After a high school summer engineering camp, Fischer decided that career wasn’t her thing at all. “It was helpful, if anything, to not waste time in college on something I didn’t want to do.” Next step: Her high school chemistry teacher suggested that pharmacy might be a good fit. Fischer checked with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s “Hot…

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