Ethyl Ruehman of Portage, Indiana, is a student at Indiana University Northwest, and was named an Environmental Hero by the Indiana Resilience Institute in 2020. What did you do after graduating from high school? I had a gap year and that is where I was able to do the most personal growth. The whole time… Continue reading ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST


Meet regularly with your advisor to make sure you are on track to graduate. Visit the experts at your college’s Career Services office to plan for your future. Polish your resume. Attend a live or virtual career fair. Attend a live or virtual graduate school fair. Line up letters of recommendation from your favorite professors.… Continue reading COLLEGE GRAD CHECKLIST


Mental health conditions are common among  young  adults, according to The National Alliance for Mental Illness (www.nami.org). Fifty percent of all lifetime mental illnesses develop by age 14 and 75 percent develop by age 24. Speaking up and asking for help is a sign of strength. It can be hard to know what to say, but start with something like, “I’m not feeling… Continue reading MAINTAIN YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

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… Continue reading Stress or Something More?

New Internships Offer Opportunity for Students with Disabilities

As a student at Ball State University, Dustin Gilmer majored in journalism and telecommunications, with a goal of becoming a sports reporter. But Gilmer struggled to find an internship, which was both a graduation requirement and something he knew he needed to continue to develop marketable job skills. Born with a rare brittle bone condition… Continue reading New Internships Offer Opportunity for Students with Disabilities

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… Continue reading What’s on Your College Bucket List?

Opportunities abound for Indiana’s college grads

There’s no better time than now for college graduates to be entering the workforce in Indiana. Indiana boasted a 3.3% unemployment rate in August, the lowest the rate has been since April 2018, according to the state’s most recent employment statistics. But the job prospects are even brighter for college graduates. July statistics from the… Continue reading Opportunities abound for Indiana’s college grads

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

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 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

Sink or swim with social media

Did you know that 57 percent of employers are less likely to call a candidate for an interview if they can’t find information about them online? That’s what a 2017 Harris Poll survey of employers found. The poll, conducted for CareerBuilder, also reported that 70 percent of employers use social media to screen candidates before… Continue reading Sink or swim with social media

Find Your Place in the Hoosier State

NORTH Fort Wayne, South Bend, Warsaw, Elkhart Dotted with lakes, trails, rivers, and with Lake Michigan’s stunning sand dunes and Chicago on its border, northern Indiana is a great place to enjoy four seasons. Cities like Fort Wayne and South Bend—home to the University of Notre Dame—are standout economic and cultural engines. But smaller towns… Continue reading Find Your Place in the Hoosier State