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Indiana Has It All

“There’s more than corn in Indiana” as the saying goes. Way more. In fact, Indiana companies are serious about hiring young talent. Berto Isaza, a product development engineer at DePuy Synthes says, “The company I work for is constantly recruiting recent college grads. The mentality is recruiting these new college grads isn’t to get production out of them, but instead to invest in them. They are provided with support, guidance, and many career development opportunities.” Opportunities abound around the state. Download the map below, illustrated by Brad Turner, for a…

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The Future is Holographic

Hologram Concerts In September of 2019, Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly: The Rock ‘N’ Roll Dream Tour kicked-off in California. The concert was approximately 90 minutes long. Tour dates were scheduled through November in both the U.S and U.K. and the average ticket price was $66. The amazing thing about this concert tour is that both musicians are dead. As devoted Trekkies know, every Federation ship has a holodeck where training, interactive story-telling, both fictional and non-fictional, and even vacations can be conjured up and enjoyed. As technology advances, we…

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Ready, Set, Explore!

Here is your chance to explore Indiana AND qualify for a chance to win one of many giveaways. Visit Indiana has launched its “20 IN 20” initiative. It includes 20 lists with 20 unique destinations in each list. The lists will be revealed throughout the year. Two lists have already been revealed – Small Towns and Destination Dining. There are 400 must-see, must-do Indiana experiences. Can you do 20 IN 20? Make sure to post your photos from each adventure on Instagram with the #The20IN20 for a chance at those giveaways! Visit…

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Fa La La La La La La La La!

“Deck the Halls”, a favorite carol that we all know and grew up singing. Did you know it was published in 1794 with the English lyrics written in 1862? Some of the words in the song may carry a different meaning to many folks today—Deck, Don, Troll. Even though most of us get the gist of the song and the meaning of the lyrics, the Etymology (the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history) of these words, allows us to…

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Resume 2020

We made it to winter/semester break and are looking forward to some time off. But as you jump into next semester and start heading toward the end of the year, you might want to think about getting your resume ready for your summer job or your new career. What should your resume look like for 2020? The Muse offers these 7 tips to get you on the right track.

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Think You Can Solve Einstein’s Riddle?

Looking for something to occupy your brain over the Thanksgiving break? If so, you might give this a try. My high school geometry teacher gave us Logic Puzzles like Einstein’s riddle all the time. It was a great break from the Pathagorean Theorem, hypotenuses, parallel postulates and other triangular formulas. Some people call the riddle impossible—it is not. Although it will take some work and patience. Good Luck and let us know if you solve it!

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Students—Feeling Burned Out?

Burnout. It can happen to any of us. Burnout is defined as a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands. How can students avoid the stress-related state of exhaustion? In an article on Curiosity.com, researcher, Ryan Korstange, offers 5 tips to help students from burning out.

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Entrepreneurs look no further

Indiana is home to two of the best schools for entrepreneurs We would like to congratulate Ball State and Purdue Universities for being named as 2 of the Top 50 Undergraduate schools for entrepreneurship. The schools were chosen by The Princeton Review in partnership with Entrepreneur magazine. The survey examines more than 300 colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. Way to go Cards and Boilers!    

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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…

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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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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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