College Trivia College 

College Trivia

What is the oldest college or university in Indiana? Vincennes University (founded in 1801 as Jefferson Academy.) How many Indiana schools belong to the Association of American Universities, a prestigious group of 64 public and private research universities that was founded in 1900? Two. Indiana University-Bloomington (joined 1909) and Purdue University (joined 1958.) What is the oldest private college in Indiana? Hanover College (founded in 1827.) Which university has the state’s largest planetarium? Ball State (The Charles W. Brown Planetarium.) Which university’s library was designed by the same architect that…

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Choose Your Top Schools College 

Choose Your Top Schools

Picking a school might seem like an overwhelming task, but you can boil your choice down to three main factors: academics, environment and cost. Academics: You might be in love with a particular campus—or at least have a clear vision of the college experience you think is right for you, but what do you want to study? Once you’ve answered that question (or at least have a few ideas), do your research and find out which schools offer the courses you need. Environment: Big school or small? Urban campus or…

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College—Or Another Path College 

College—Or Another Path

It’s never been more important to continue your education after you graduate from high school. By 2027, approximately 70 percent of jobs will require additional schooling, according to some projections. Here’s the good news: You have lots of choices. There are degree programs to fit every interest, timeline, lifestyle and budget—and you can find almost all of them right here in Indiana. Go to for a list of jobs and the academic training they require. 1 Four-year degrees: This is the traditional (but far from only) route to a…

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Indiana Colleges Map College 

Indiana Colleges Map

IN Public Colleges 1 Ball State University D3 2 Indiana State University A4 3 Indiana University-Bloomington B4 4 Indiana University-East D3 5 Indiana University-Fort Wayne D2 6 Indiana University-Kokomo C2 7 Indiana University-Northwest A1 8 Indiana University-South Bend C1 9 Indiana University-Southeast C6 10 IUPUC (Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus)• C4 11 IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) C4 12 Ivy Tech Community College-Anderson C3 13 Ivy Tech Community College-Avon C3 14 Ivy Tech Community College-Batesville D4 15 Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington B4 16 Ivy Tech Community College-Columbus C4 17 Ivy Tech…

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Learning Happens Outside the Classroom, Too Career 

Learning Happens Outside the Classroom, Too

By now you know that jobs/careers come in all shapes and sizes and require vastly different amounts of post-high school education. No matter what kind of work you find yourself drawn to, you’ll be more likely to land a job in that field—and succeed in it—if you don’t limit yourself to the education you get online or in the classroom. Here’s what you can do outside of school to learn more about careers (sometimes you’ll find out what you DON’T want to do) and prepare yourself for a job you’ll…

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The Job You Think You’ll Love Might Not Pay the Most—And That’s OK Career Featured 

The Job You Think You’ll Love Might Not Pay the Most—And That’s OK

You’ll find plenty of information about money in the Cost section of Next, but money is worth mentioning here, too. Why? Because money will inevitably come up in conversations you have with others—or yourself—about potential careers. Knowing how much money you can earn in different career fields is important, but it’s not the only thing to think about as you consider your future. At this stage, it’s just as important to identify what you’re good at, what interests you, and which careers are most in demand. The good news is…

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Getting The Job Career 

Getting The Job

Identifying what kind of work you’d like to do takes a lot of brainpower. Once you think you know, improve your chances with these tools and tips. Elevator Pitch An elevator pitch is a quick summary of who you are that should take no longer than the 30-60 seconds you might typically spend in an elevator. It’s the response you’ll give when someone says “tell me about yourself.” This might happen at a career fair, at a networking event, in an interview … or even on an elevator. It might…

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You’ve Got the Job… Here’s How to Keep It Career 

You’ve Got the Job… Here’s How to Keep It

Make a Good Impression The quality of your work is important, but there are countless other things you can do to make a good impression at work (and avoid making a bad one). Here are just a few: Keep it clean on social media. Everyone should know this by now but be careful what you Tweet or post. Your private life isn’t private (and can get you into trouble at work) when you share it with the world. Respond to emails, texts and phone calls quickly. A prompt reply will…

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Been There—Advice from The Trenches Career 

Been There—Advice from The Trenches

William “Will” Akins, 25 Hometown: Merrillville, Indiana High School Career Plan: I wanted to be a professional performer on Broadway. I assumed I would leave college and book a touring show around the country. Current Career: I am a music educator. I am still in the field of music, but not the same way I intended. I still perform and get just as much gratification—just not as much pay. A few nights a week I bartend, just for the fun of meeting new people! How it changed: In college I…

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Left Brain, Right Brain, Why Not Both? Career 

Left Brain, Right Brain, Why Not Both?

You might have heard of STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math—the left-brain academic disciplines that schools promote and many employers demand. The lesser-known counterpart to STEM is HASS, which stands for humanities, arts and social sciences. Those right-brain disciplines don’t get as much attention, but they’re in demand, too. Think teachers, communications professionals, artists, and people in sales. While it’s tempting to categorize jobs and people as left brain or right brain, the truth is many people and careers combine both. Enter STEAM—science, technology, engineering, art, and math—a newer acronym that…

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More Talk, Less Stress Career 

More Talk, Less Stress

The last few years of high school can be exciting—and stressful. There are lots of decisions to make about your future. Independence is on the horizon! But … you ARE still at home. And whether the adults in your household are bombarding you with questions, not as involved as you think they should be, or somewhere in between, you should commit to keeping the conversation going. Open communication about money, grades and your post-high school plans can help you avoid unpleasant conversations in the future. Committing yourself to open communication,…

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Let The Pressure Go—Finding A Career Path Takes Time and Flexibility Career 

Let The Pressure Go—Finding A Career Path Takes Time and Flexibility

If you know (or think you know) exactly what career you want to pursue, congratulations! If you don’t, RELAX! You have time—and plenty of company. Most high school students aren’t sure what they want to do next, and that’s OK. But if you haven’t already given it some serious thought, it’s time to get started. So, block out the stress, leave your doubts behind, and enjoy the process. (Remember, you’re not figuring out the rest of your life—just the next step. Your goals and desires are likely to change as…

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Is Ag+Bio+Science for You? Blog 

Is Ag+Bio+Science for You?

What is Ag+Bio+Science? According to AgriNovus it is the convergence of food, agriculture, science and technology. So, if you are not planning on being a farmer, what’s in it for you? Did you guess Cybersecurity or Mechanical Engineering? How about Plant Geneticist or Zoologist and Wildlife Biologist? Check out AgriNovus’ new tool, Field Atlas, to help you find a career that matters and lays out a path to get there.

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Apply to College Now: Part 6 Blog 

Apply to College Now: Part 6

Our final tip for applying to college is Apply Early. Keep a calendar with application deadlines clearly marked. Some schools have strict deadlines for their applications, while others will accept applications year-round. Make sure you know the deadlines for each school you’re applying to, and check to see if there are deadlines you have to apply by in order to qualify for financial aid. And remember, while you are on the Next Indiana website, don’t forget to check-out the 2020-21 issue of Next Indiana for more information on Career, College and Cost and DEFINITELY enter to win the $1,500 scholarship!

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Filling out the FAFSA Form Blog 

Filling out the FAFSA Form

Is this your first time filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form? The first thing you need to do is create a FSA ID. You will need to create a username and password, Your password will be case-sensitive. If you already have a FSA ID, but forgot your username or password, these links will help. Once you have your ID, you are ready to fill out the form. The FAFSA form is also available as a mobile app for both iOS — App Store or Android — Google Play. You can also check-out Next Indiana and enter to win…

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FAFSA – What is it? Blog 

FAFSA – What is it?

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form the federal government, states, colleges and other organizations use to award financial aid for college or grad school. The FASFA application asks questions about a student’s personal and familial financial circumstances in order to determine how much they can pay for college. This is not a short form. Be prepared to spend almost an hour to complete the form completely. The form is detailed, and mistakes can be costly. Avoid frustration by being prepared. Make sure to verify your FAFSA deadline and don’t…

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The 2020-2021 FAFSA Blog 

The 2020-2021 FAFSA

It is time! The 2020–21 FAFSA form will be available beginning October 1, 2020 and even though the deadline is April 15, 2021, you should fill out your form as soon as possible on or after October 1. Head to the official government site, today. DO NOT WAIT! Also, don’t forget to enter to win a $1,500 scholarship from Next Indiana.

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Apply to College Now: Part 4 Blog 

Apply to College Now: Part 4

Some schools require more than transcripts and test scores. You may need to write a personal essay or include some other writing or portfolio sample. So, our 4th tip is Know the Application Requirements. While you are on the Next Indiana website, don’t forget to check-out the 2020-21 issue of Next Indiana for more information on Career, College and Cost and DEFINITELY enter to win the $1,500 scholarship!

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