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Apply to College Now: Part 1 Blog Featured 

Apply to College Now: Part 1

Seniors—as a new school year begins, either virtually or back in the classrooms, there are many things that you need to do. One of the biggest is to apply to college. Even though the deadlines for your school of choice may be a few months away, you should begin your application sooner than later so you are ready to hit “send” when the time is right. Start here: Choose 3 – 6 or More Colleges to Apply to. You may have a favorite, but don’t limit yourself. Make a list of several…

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The 2020-21 issue of NEXT Indiana is here! Featured 

The 2020-21 issue of NEXT Indiana is here!

What’s next? Planning for life after high school is exciting and a little stressful. You—and your parents—are probably trying to figure out what’s next, but you are not alone on this journey. The 2020-21 issue of Next Indiana is here! Next is a magazine offering resources, advice and stories of how other Indiana students are figuring it out. Click on the magazine cover to view the magazine!

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WGU Offers Digital Access Scholarship Blog Featured 

WGU Offers Digital Access Scholarship

The pandemic has certainly changed the way many of us go to school and work these days. As schools begin to welcome students back, some of you may be looking for an online college. But what if you don’t have access to the internet or a computer? Western Governors University has created the Online Access Scholarship. This scholarship will cover the cost of installing and accessing the internet for qualifying students. The scholarship will also provide recipients with a refurbished laptop, complete with a webcam. Listen to an interview with WGU…

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Best College Value? Indiana has You Covered Blog Featured 

Best College Value? Indiana has You Covered

As you begin your college search, you want to find quality schools that are also affordable. Money magazine weighed more than 20,000 data points, including tuition fees, family borrowing, and career earnings to compile and rank the country’s best colleges by value. Did you know that 20 of the “Best Colleges in America” are right here in Indiana? So, as you are putting together your list of colleges, Indiana is a great place to start! For a list of Indiana Colleges, visit our College Directory page. Interested in seeing more? Visit our College…

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Experience Europe Without Leaving Indiana Blog Featured 

Experience Europe Without Leaving Indiana

How is this possible you may ask? Is this a virtual tour? No, it is not. As you know from studying your Indiana history, our State was settled by many different immigrants. As they made Indiana their home and founded new cities, they named many of them after the European cities in their homeland. Visit Indiana has compiled a list of 10 stops for a perfect European Indiana road trip. Get out there and enjoy the journey.

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ANNOUNCEMENT! Blog Featured 


We are proud to announce that our staff has won a 2020 APEX Award for Publication Excellence for the 2019-20 issue of Next Indiana: A Guide to Life After High School. We were one of 10 recipients of the award and entries were made from all over the world. The awards were based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content, and the success of the entry—in the opinion of the judges—in achieving overall communications effectiveness. We want to thank our wonderful partners at Learn More Indiana for the opportunity to work on this great…

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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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30 years and Counting: How to Claim Your 21st Century Scholar Award Cost Featured 

30 years and Counting: How to Claim Your 21st Century Scholar Award

For 30 years, Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars program has helped income-eligible students earn up to four years of tuition at an eligible Indiana college. Since 1990, more than 40,000 students have earned a college degree with a 21st Century Scholarship. Nearly 100,000 students are enrolled—from seventh graders through seniors in college—in the program today. “Students who may question their ability to afford higher education can have that barrier removed by their participation in the Scholars program and successful completion of the supports that are designed to prepare them for their…

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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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Take Note Featured 

Take Note

Are you a good note taker? I was not. I am much better now. I probably would have done better in school, had I known how to take notes. Here are four ways to take notes and the reasons they are or are not effective. Perhaps most important though is what to take notes of. If these don’t work for you, check out College Info Geek’s How to Take Better Notes, and be ready for the new semester.

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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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