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Indiana: 11 Reasons Why

Things are happening in Indiana that may have a big impact on your future. Here’s why you should pay attention: 1. Indiana companies are serious about hiring young talent. It’s estimated that Indiana is poised to create 1 million jobs in the next decade, and that’s where the non-profit Ascend Indiana comes in. Twenty-four (and counting) employer partners like One America, Cook Group, Eil Lilly and Co., Franciscan Health and Deloitte are tapping into the Ascend Network and its cloud-based platform that combines algorithms with human interaction to match early-in-career…

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Stress or Something More?

College can be stressful. But how do you know what is “just stress” or something more serious? That’s one of the most common questions asked of Ball State Professor of Psychology Jerrell Cassady. He and a colleague developed the “Cognitive Test Anxiety Scale” to help people find out if they have “high test anxiety” or “just regular anxiety.” “The results of work with that and related scales has demonstrated that most people fall into the “moderate” level of test anxiety at some point during what we refer to as the…

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What’s on Your College Bucket List?

College is flying by fast. Think about all you’ve accomplished: adjusting to new living arrangements, making new friends and achieving new academic goals. What else is on your bucket list? Check out these possibilities: Study abroad. Cuba. India. The United Arab Emirates. Indiana University senior Madeline Hudson will have experienced all three very different countries and cultures before she graduates with a degree in law and public policy. “I think that because I have studied abroad in places that are rather difficult to get to, it hasn’t been like a…

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You Could Be Next!

2018 GRAD Scholarship winner Allison Crick double majored in accounting and marketing at ISU, where she was a President’s Scholar in the Networks Professional Development Program. While at ISU, she interned at The Cricket Box Furniture Store, LWH Accounting Firm, and Charles Schwab. As a research assistant, she had her first accepted publication with the Journal of Selling and empirical research in progress. In 2019, Allison will begin an internship at KAR Auction Services as part of the Xtern Program in Indianapolis and return to ISU in the fall for…

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Goal Setting

Do you have vague or specific goals? Are you actually setting goals? Do you really need to set goals or do you somehow know that you will be doing what you want to be doing in 5 years, 10 years, with the rest of your life? How are you going to “just be doing” what you want? Elaine Houston says you are going to get there by setting goals. If you are not setting goals or do not believe in setting goals, maybe it’s because you don’t know how to…

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Do you have to file tax returns for summer jobs?

In addition to being a great source of walking-around money or funds of college expenses, summer jobs can be great educational tools for teens and young adults. We’ll title one of these lessons “Welcome to the Tax System 101.” You need to report your income, kids, and the rules for you aren’t necessarily any simpler than those for your parents. Of course, you might be able to persuade them to do the dirty work and fill out the return, or even report your income on their own returns. Bill Bischoff of…

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Mistakes and Money Management

What are some of the common mistakes college students make with money? Michelle L. Ashcraft, director of Purdue Promise Student Success Programs, sees some common financial aid fouls among students: Missing the institution’s and/or state’s FAFSA filing deadline. Neglecting to sign up for direct deposit, if available. Financial aid checks can be mailed to wrong addresses if they are not updated, stolen from mailboxes, or deposited into family member’s accounts. Spending financial aid refunds meant for housing, food, and books on furnishing apartments or decorating residence hall rooms. Not having…

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Keep Control of College Costs

Need to do college on a budget? Zoe Nash of Indianapolis graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington in 2018 with money in the bank, even after a semester studying abroad and having an active social life. How she did it: Work. “My parents paid for my room and board when I lived on campus, and when I moved off campus, my rent and utilities, which was really nice. But since I was 16, I have worked—mostly babysitting—and saved all my money, because any money I wanted to spend, I had…

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Meet Mohamed Osman Mohamed

Long, Winding Road Leads to Success By Lisa Hendrickson Mohamed Osman Mohamed is relishing his new life in Indiana after surmounting hefty challenges that included fleeing a civil war in his native Somalia, living in a refugee camp in Kenya and settling in the U.S. without speaking English. Life path: Mohamed was raised by his grandmother in a rural area of southern Somalia. At 16, he moved to a refugee camp in Kenya. After living in the camp for three years, Mohamed and two cousins came to Indianapolis through a…

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A How-To Guide for Projects That Are Probably on Your To-Do List Right Now

We’ve got advice for some common issues you might be facing right now as you create (or update) your resume, negotiate that first job offer, and find a career you might even love. How do I get started on a resume? Take a deep breath and do some pre-writing. Using this advice adapted from the Purdue University Center for Career Opportunities & Pre-Professional Advising, start by: Brainstorming every position or experience you’ve had. Examples: organizations to which you’ve belonged, leadership positions, volunteer experiences, class projects, awards, languages you speak, computer…

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