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Finish college strong

If you’re in your final year of college, you might be tempted to kick back and enjoy your last semesters on campus. Resist that temptation. Even if you have a job lined up, it’s important to maintain the discipline that has gotten you this far and finish college strong. You’ll need it when your work life begins or if you’re trying to get into grad school. Here are some tips to avoid slacking off with the finish line in sight: Remember why you went to college in the first place.…

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The Grad School Question

If you’re closing in on the end of your undergraduate studies or trying to figure out how to advance in your career, you might be considering graduate school. For some, the decision is obvious. For example, you know you need a graduate degree if you want to be a doctor or lawyer. For almost everyone else, the decision isn’t as clear cut. It’s true that a graduate degree can boost your earnings, but there are no guarantees. The only guarantees are that graduate school can be very expensive and will…

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Open your eyes and plan for a better future

Emily Reed stopped going to school when she graduated from high school in 2008, but she didn’t stop dreaming about a better life. Now she’s back in school and on track to get an associate degree from Vincennes University’s Aviation Technology Center in Indianapolis. Reed’s story is an example of how any job can become a springboard to something better. The 31-year-old Ohio native lived in a shelter and worked part-time while she was in high school, and then made ends meet after graduating by working in retail. Three years…

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Patience and preparation pay off

Ryan Ashlock’s career in criminal justice is a work in progress, but it’s already a great example of how patience, persistence and continuing education can move you up the job ladder. After graduating from Clinton Prairie High School in 2004, Ashlock moved on to Indiana University-Kokomo, where he graduated in 2007 with an associate degree in criminal justice. He put that degree to use in 2008 working in corrections for the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department in Frankfort, Indiana. Ashlock advanced his career from there, becoming a merit deputy in 2009…

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Mental health is worth your time

If you broke your arm or came down with the flu, you wouldn’t hesitate to seek medical attention. Dealing with mental health issues shouldn’t be any different. Big life changes—like going away to college or changing careers—can cause mental health challenges, so it’s important to watch for signs that you or a friend might need help. These are among the warnings signs to be aware of. Find more information at The National Alliance for Mental Illness website, nami.org. Withdrawing or seeming “down” for more than two weeks. Sudden changes in…

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