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Mental Health

It is not easy being a teenager. It seems like everything about you and around you is changing. We all experience the confusion and awkwardness, but if what you or a friend are feeling seems overwhelming and begins to affect how you interact with your family and friends, maybe it is more than just teenage angst. “How Will I Know If Something’s Wrong?” is a great article in the new issue of Next Indiana. Make sure you, your family and friends know the warning signs and remember asking for, or offering, help is…

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Make a Difference!

Will you be 18 years old on or before November 3, 2020? This is our next General Election Day—the Presidential Election and you want to be ready. You can make sure your voice is heard and help make a difference by VOTING. In order to vote, you must be registered by October 5, 2020. You can register to vote at IndianaVoters.com. You will need a valid Indiana Driver’s License Number or Indiana State Identification Number. If you do not have either of these, you can download and print the Indiana Voter Registration…

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Contractions, Plurals, and Possessives

What do all three of these things have in common? The multi-talented apostrophe, of course. That little, superscript mark is a powerful piece of punctuation. It allows us to combine words by indicating the missing letters. It can make singular nouns plural. And, by adding the simple apostrophe plus an “s,” it converts singular nouns into possessives whether the singular noun ends in “s” or not. Now, there are grammar rules attached to all three of these uses, but it appears that we are in the middle of an apostrophe revolt.…

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What’s Your Next Step?

Ever heard of the adjacent possible theory? According to Steven Johnson, author of Where Good Ideas Come From, “The adjacent possible is a kind of shadow future, hovering on the edges of the present state of things, a map of all the ways in which the present can reinvent itself.” Adjacent possible was first introduced by Stuart Kauffman in 2002. Kauffman’s theory proposes that biological systems are able to morph into more complex systems by making incremental, relatively less energy consuming changes in their make up. Basically, taking small steps. That all sounds very…

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Up to the Challenge?

A new TechPoint program is offering 500 students who lost their summer internships due to COVID-19 a challenge. The Summer Opportunities for Students (S.O.S.) Challenge is a 5-week work experience for Indiana college and university students. Each student who completes the program will receive $500 and a chance at a $25,000 purse and virtual presentation to Governor Eric Holcomb and Indiana tech sector leaders. The challenge will involve nine real-world, COVID-19-related topics including e-learning, tourism, and telehealth. Students can apply here by June 1. Good Luck!

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