Colleges & Schools 

COLLEGE GRAD CHECKLIST

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. Practice your interview skills by preparing examples of how you have solved problems or learned from a failure. Make sure you’re ready to share accomplishments and career goals, too. Make a list of friends, neighbors,…

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Colleges & Schools 

MAINTAIN YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

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 right. I think I need help. Can I talk to you about it?” Mental health services and supports are available and the earlier you access them, the better. NAMI recommends taking these actions on your…

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Career Cost 

3 COSTLY FINANCIAL MISTAKES AND SMARTER SOLUTIONS

Your college degree is the best investment you can make for your future. But costly mistakes can undermine your best efforts. Here’s what to avoid and some thoughts on a better approach: Mistake: Taking forever to finish your college degree. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education estimates that every additional year students spend in college costs at least $50,000 in tuition, fees and lost wages. Solution: Taking 30 credits per year is the best way to graduate on time and finish within your budget. Plus, under Indiana law, students must…

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Career Cost 

STUDENT FINANCIAL RESOLUTIONS YOU CAN KEEP

Start now and you’ll thank us (and yourself) later. FINANCIAL TIPS Fill out the FAFSA every year by April 15. Complete the FAFSA before each new school year, regardless of your family’s financial status to see if you’re eligible to receive funds. The FAFSA helps you tap into federal, state and institutional grants and scholarships. Apply for scholarships and grants. Scholarships aren’t just for freshmen. Keep applying for scholarships for specific costs, such as study abroad, or for fellowship programs to cover the cost of unpaid internships. Check with your…

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Grad School 

3 TIPS FOR GETTING INTO GRAD SCHOOL

For many college students, graduation is a welcome relief from a four-year grind of tests and classes. But for others, graduate school awaits. And it’s for those students that we offer these tips: Look within. Why do you want to go to graduate school? Make sure you have a firm understanding of the pros and cons of pursuing an advanced degree, as well as the timing. In many fields, a master’s degree, doctorate or professional degree are absolute requirements. In other career sectors, you might want to consider working before…

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