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… Continue reading Mistakes and Money Management

21st Century Scholar Started Small, Finishing Big (And Debt Free)

When Henry Steckler graduated from Southridge High School in Huntingburg, Indiana, he was unsure about his next move. He had spent four years of high school preparing to go to Purdue and study engineering, participating in Project Lead the Way’s Gateway to Engineering, and Rube Goldberg competitions. “I really liked the design side of things,… Continue reading 21st Century Scholar Started Small, Finishing Big (And Debt Free)

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Meet Jacob Ahler

Go Big or Go Home? Small Town Offers Opportunity By Lisa Hendrickson Career path: After graduating from the IU McKinney School of Law in 2016, Ahler worked briefly as an assistant to former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar in Washington, DC, and as a law clerk at the Chicago firm of Spagnolo & Hoeksema LLC. He… Continue reading Meet Jacob Ahler

Lessons Learned After College

Free advice from successful professionals on how to make the most of your college experience. Jenn Lisak Golding Founder and Owner: Sapphire Strategy, a specialized digital marketing agency in Indianapolis. Golding has a degree in marketing from Butler University, but she advanced her career by learning technology and social media on her own. What surprised… Continue reading Lessons Learned After College

How important is networking, really?

By Marissa Smith Marissa Smith is a senior at IUPUI studying public relations and advertising. She currently lives in Indianapolis and serves as the communications and special events intern at Indiana INTERNnet, her fifth internship throughout her college career thus far. College students hear it again and again – network, network, network. However, building and… Continue reading How important is networking, really?

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… Continue reading Meet Mohamed Osman Mohamed

Land a Job Before You Graduate

Want to have a job lined up before you walk across the stage to collect your diploma? Indiana college and university career center professionals offer seven strategies most likely to succeed. Start early At Wabash College, students who visit Career Services in their freshman year are three times more likely to have a job offer… Continue reading Land a Job Before You Graduate

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Indiana Welcomes Its Next Generation

All across Indiana, young professionals are taking over—and in some cases, making over—their communities, often with the help of locals who are ready for the next generation. Some hot spots: Elkhart “What’s Next?” college recruiting tours are aimed at jump-starting local workforce. Over one weekend in March 2018, the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce bused… Continue reading Indiana Welcomes Its Next Generation

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Career Quick Start

As a college student, your days—and probably nights—are packed with activity and opportunity. Even if your time is limited, you can squeeze in some college-to-career planning in just a few minutes. Some ideas to get you started: In about an hour, you can: Visit your college career center. Hopefully, this won’t be your first visit,… Continue reading Career Quick Start

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

3 Secrets to getting rich

A new job and steady paycheck often create the temptation for recent graduates to spend more than they earn. Kate Arndt, a financial planning coordinator at Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc., in Indianapolis, suggests three ways to get a head start on staying out of debt, managing expenses and saving for the future. Arndt is a… Continue reading 3 Secrets to getting rich

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Find Your Best Internship

Need a connection to a great internship? IndianaINTERN.net was created just for you. IndianaINTERN.net is a free internship-matching program that connects students and employers with internship opportunities in Indiana through an online database of more than 6,300 students, 7,200 employers and 700 available positions. You can even get personal assistance—including a hotline to answer questions… Continue reading Find Your Best Internship

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Expand Your Horizons

See the world. Expand your horizons. College is the prime time to do both.  “Studying abroad can be a life-changing experience that shapes your future and how you see the world. It takes you out of your comfort zone and makes you think differently about your identity and world around you,” says Nikki Bruckmann, associate… Continue reading Expand Your Horizons

Meet Julian Luna

Senior at Indiana University, majoring in elementary education with ESL license addition Hometown: Elkhart, IN     Julian Luna has a mission. He wants to help first-generation college students like himself succeed. He plans to be a teacher, and aims to eventually start his own bilingual language immersion elementary school. Financing an education: Luna discovered… Continue reading Meet Julian Luna

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Meet Sadie Lebo

Ball State University Senior, Telecommunications Major, Pro Photographer Hometown: Union Mills, IN   College/career path: “I started taking photos at a very young age for fun, and then I started to do it competitively in 4-H. I chose Ball State because they have an excellent telecommunications program. I also fell in love with the campus and… Continue reading Meet Sadie Lebo