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  this is some writing to create a space Meet Chloe, one of our summer 2017 ICI Interns: I’m Chloe Alexander, a recent graduate of an ICI member campus, where I studied Communications and History. You’ll find me in a library, coffee shop, or thrift store. I speak primarily in English, but also in Spanish with a terrible accent, FRIENDS quotes, and Disney song lyrics. I strive to make my mark on the world by writing, traveling, reading, engaging in critical thinking, and enjoying the arts. Ask me about my adorable dog and I will talk to you for a minimum of an hour.  


Our intern blog covers everything about college life from application tips to finding a school-life balance. Read all the tips, tricks and insights our interns have to share from their college experiences. 

15 Items to Keep in Your College Backpack

May 16, 2018

College students carry their backpack everywhere: to class, the dining hall, their workplace, and all across campus. So what should you always have in it?

Ways to Appreciate Your Professors

 May 9, 2018

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week! Here are just a few suggestions on how you can show thanks to your teachers or professors.


10 Ways to Prepare for Summer

May 2, 2018

Summer will be here quickly, so make sure you’re ready for it!



Time Management Tips for College Students

April 24, 2018

Always running out of time? Here are some tips to help you have better control of your time!


 Why you should join a club in college

April 6, 2018

Many students talk about the clubs they’re involved in. Take a look at these reasons why you should be part of one, too!  

The Life of an ICI Intern

March 29th, 2018

The application for our summer 2018 Strategic Communications Internship can be found here:

Perks of an Online Class

March 22, 2018

Ever wonder about why you should take a course online?

 How To Write a College Paper

March 14, 2018

Everyone will have to write an essay or research paper at some point in their college career.

 9 Tips for Handling Money in College 

March 8, 2018 

Money is usually on the mind for many students. Here are nine tips for keeping it in check.





 Helping Future Classmates

 March 1, 2018

Getting to know prospective students may not be such a bad idea.



 10 Things To Do After a College Class

February 21, 2018

There are many different things that you can do after class to make sure you are retaining what you’ve learned. Here are just a few.


 Awesome Events to Attend on Campus

 February 14, 2018

There’s always something happening on campus. Check out why you should attend these events!



 11 Options for Working on Campus

February 7, 2018

Finding a job can be hard as a college student, but luckily there are plenty of opportunities to work on campus.


 Types of College Classes 

February 1, 2018

College classes and high school classes look very different. Check out what kind of classes you’ll experience in college!


Benefits of Being an Intern

January 23, 2018

Why is everyone talking about internships?


 Fighting the Winter Blues

 January 17, 2018

Indiana has had quite a bit of snow and blustery winter weather recently. Don’t let it get you down!


 5 Tips for Using LinkedIn

January 10, 2018

LinkedIn is a valuable tool for connecting with professionals. College students would be wise to take advantage of it now.



 7 Ways To Be a Good Roommate

 January 3, 2018

Coming back from break will mean that you have to find a rhythm with your roommate again. Here are a few ways to stay on good terms.


 8 Things to Catch Up On Over Winter Break

 December 20, 2017

Do you need to catch up on anything on this list?



 11 Ways to Take a Break During Finals

December 13, 2017 

Finals week can be full of stress, studying, and not much sleep. Here are a few things you can do to take a quick break from studying.

 Networking In College 

 December 6, 2017

 Everyone says that you should be networking, but how exactly do you do that?



 Easy Organization Tips

 November 29, 2017 

Staying organized in college can be hard. Here are a few tips for keeping your life together.







 30 Things All College Students Can Be Thankful For

November 21, 2017 

Thanksgiving break is this week! Most students are thankful for home-cooked food around this time, but here’s some other things you can be grateful for as well.

To Travel or Not To Travel

 November 15, 2017 

Lots of students wonder about traveling in college. Should you or shouldn’t you? Is it a good idea? Is it better to travel alone, or with others? Where should I go and what should I do there?


 13 Things to Avoid Doing in Class

  November 8, 2017

You didn’t skip class: hurray! But doing these things during class time can hurt you just as much.


 Tips for Saving Money in College

 November 2, 2017

College students are always looking for ways to save money.



Five W's of a Study Routine

 October 25, 2017

It’s getting closer and closer to Christmas break, and finding motivation to study can be hard.  



 Tips For Test Taking 

October 18, 2017

Exams can cause a lot of stress for students. Here are some tips to get you through that class period.



 3 Places To Find Friends on Campus

 October 11, 2017

Finding friends on campus can be hard, especially your freshman year.



 5 Questions To Ask Before You Start Studying 

 October 4, 2017

There’s nothing more annoying than trying to do work and nothing happening. You can change that by answering these questions!  



 2 Reasons You Should Be Involved In Student Government

 September 26, 2017

Student government on campus is a really unique opportunity to be active on campus.



 Making Technology Work For You 

 September 19, 2017

 Check out some of the ways that technology can make life easier! 



 September 7, 2017

 The library is such an amazing resource while you’re in college. Make sure  you are using it to its full extent!  



 The Benefits of an 8am Class

 August 30, 2017

Stop avoiding those early morning classes and use them to your advantage!



 August 24, 2017

 It's easy in college to be focused on hanging out with friends and other  social events anytime that you’re not in class. Help yourself become more  career-ready by spending five minutes on these activities.


 Using Your Academic Advisor Wisely  

  August 14, 2017

  Your academic advisor on campus can be extremely helpful to you as a  student. Take advantage of what they can offer! 



Finding the Right Dorm

 August 3, 2017 

 Scared of community bathrooms? Really want a kitchen to bake cookies  in? Check out this list of options for where to live in college.


Weighing the Options: How Campus Visits Answered My Questions About College

 July 26, 2017 

  Campus visits are a vital part of answering questions commonly posed by  students.  



Unique Experiences at a Private College 

  July 20, 2017 

 Going to a private college offers you experiences you might not get  elsewhere.



10 Questions for High Schoolers to Ask College Students

 July 13, 2017

Who better to ask about college than a college student? Here are some questions to get you started.



Staying Summer Sharp  

college students study on the lawn


June 27, 2017

Don't let summer break turn into a summer slide.


 Small schools, big opportunities 


March 10, 2017

Private colleges offer students a chance to conduct research and present their findings.


Four Ways to Finish Strong


February 23, 2017

With the end of the school year approaching and the weather (slowly) getting warmer, students are starting to check out.


Community Service is Caring for Your Neighbors

February 14, 2017

Many high schools require community service, and lots of colleges ask about it on applications. But why is it so important?


College is All About You

February 3, 2017

People are quick to compare themselves to others in this age of social media, but remember that your experience in unique.


3 Ways to Get Involved on Campus


January 25, 2017

College should be more than just your classes. Get out there and join in with these three strategies.


Two Steps to Start Building Your Network

January 17, 2017

People throw the word “networking” around all the time with no definition, but these tips will help you start building a professional network.



How to Deal with a Bad Roommate

January 11, 2017

Not every random pairing is meant to be, but it’s OK not to be best friends with your roommate. 


Take Advantage of Campus Resources

January 6, 2017

Colleges provide tons of resources for students, so take advantage of the amazing opportunities, from free concerts to career advice.


10 New Year’s Resolutions for College Students


December 27, 2016

Tis the season for reflecting and making changes, so here are some resolutions for all the college kids out there.


4 Lessons My Internship Taught Me

December 20, 2016

My internship at ICI has taught me many things, but these four tenets are the biggest takeaways from my time here.


AP Classes Prepare You for College

December 13, 2016

High schoolers can challenge themselves and earn college credits in Advanced Placement classes.



Five Ways to Thrive During Finals


December 6, 2016

Exam season brings lots of stress, but it doesn’t have to be the most awful week ever. These tips will help you survive and thrive.


The Scoop on Scholarships


November 28, 2016

Many students worry about the cost of college, but scholarships are a way to lower your expenses without having to pay anything back.


 Embrace Your College's Quirks

November 16, 2016

Every college has their own strange celebrations and habits. Learn to love the ones at your school and take place in the traditions.


College is for Exploring

November 11, 2016

Students step out of their comfort zones in college, which includes exploring their surroundings.


 5 Steps to Score an Internship 

November 4, 2016

Internships give college students a chance to experience different career fields and apply their degree before graduation. Follow these steps to land an internship that will prepare you for your future job.


6 Ways to Balance School and Life


October 28, 2016 

College is more than classes, but you are there for your academics. Here are some things I do to balance schoolwork and living my life.


 Stay in the Loop While Away at School

October 17, 2016

College expands horizons, but sometimes we can forget about the need to stay up-to-date with current events, especially during an election year.


 5 Pieces of College Application Advice


September 28, 2016

Applying for college can be an overwhelming, scary process. These simple tips will help to make some sense of the madness.


  Study Abroad Opens New Views

September 22, 2016

College can open doors – sometimes even to other countries. I reflected on my time abroad and how much I learned in three months. 


 Missing Friends, While Making New Ones

August 17, 2016 

College is new for everyone, and some people have a hard time leaving high school in the past and focusing on the present in college.


What To Pack (Or Leave at Home)


August 9, 2016

To pack or not to pack? That is the question every college student struggles with before moving to campus each fall.


 Pros of Private College


 July 21, 2016

I took some time to reflect after Private College Week, and here are the reasons I chose a private institution.


 A Simple Checklist for a Flawless Campus Visit


July 7, 2016

Campus visits are vital to choosing the right school. Make sure yours is perfect with this simple 5-point checklist. 


 5 Tips to Help Pick a Major

July 5, 2016

Choosing a major from hundreds of choices is a big task, but with these 5 tips, you are sure to find something you are passionate about.


 Perfecting Your Social Media Presence

June 28, 2016

You hear it all the time: Think before you post! While it may sound like nagging, this is sound advice for students. 


7 Factors to Consider When Choosing a College

June 14, 2016

Selecting a school is a large, somewhat terrifying task. Here are 7 things to consider when you are trying to choose a college.


Finals Week Told in GIFs 

June 9, 2016

Finals week is the time when procrastination catches up to you, and sleep becomes a stranger.However, some planning can save your grades, and your sanity. 


The 6-Step Perfect College Schedule 


June 7, 2016

Registering for college classes can be a real pain, and you have to do it every semester. These 6 simple tips will make the process painless. 


Finding your Yoda


June 2, 2016

Everyone needs a mentor. College allows you to have many, but make sure you find someone who connects with you. It will pay off. 


Flying back to the nest  


May 31, 2016

Going home after college's freedom can be a rough adjustment. Remember summer should be fun, and fall isn’t far away.  


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