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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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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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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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