The Career Center is on the second floor of Lucina Hall. Students can find job referrals, paperwork, career coaching and other resources in this office. amantha Brammer, DN File

How to make use of the Career Center for employment and internships

Ball State’s Career Center, located in Lucina Hall, is full of a variety of resources for all students to take advantage of from when they first come to campus through when they graduate. According to the Career Center’s website, students who use its programs gain exposure to more jobs and land more jobs than competitors from similar universities.

Amazing Joe's restaurant serves a variety of affordable food including burgers, pasta, salads and sandwiches. Michaela Kelley, DN file

Muncie's best menus

Muncie is home to a variety of local restaurants and cafes, each with their own unique atmosphere and signature dishes. Be sure to check out these places at least once in the next four years because each of them have something great to offer. And if you don’t sample these local offerings by the time you graduate, you may want to consider graduate school.

Ball State offers a variety of on-campus employment options for students. During the application process, student career coaches can review resumes and help people find dress clothes for interviews. Unsplash, Photo Courtesy

Landing a job on campus

Everyone knows looking for a job can be somewhat difficult and time consuming. Luckily, Ball State makes getting a part-time job easy, which allows students to pay off college debt while keeping up with their schoolwork.

Grocery shopping can add up in cost, but taking coupons and a shopping list can help keep the cart from weighing more than your wallet. Unsplash, Photo Courtesy

How to save on groceries

Growing up comes with a lot of new experiences — one of them is shopping for groceries. Ever wonder how your family was able to put food on the table? Here are eight tips to save money when buying groceries.

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Meal swipes: Best practices

If you live on campus, you have a meal plan, per your room and board fees. Ball State Dining Services allows one breakfast swipe before 11 a.m. each day and two swipes between 11 a.m. and midnight that can be used together or in separate purchases.

Ball State students and staff may add their pronouns in the self-service banner on their personal Ball State accounts. Unsplash, Photo Courtesy

Adding pronouns in Ball State software

In June 2021, Ball State’s Information Technology department added the option for students, faculty and staff to add their pronouns to their personal information tabs in the Self-service Banner. Here’s step-by-step directions on how to add your pronouns.

Prepared doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine sit on a table April 7, 2021, at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. Jaden Whiteman, DN File

Ball State's COVID-19 testing and vaccination policies

Incoming freshmen will have opportunities for many more of the typical college experiences this year as COVID-19 positive test rates are decreasing and vaccines are available for adults across the U.S., but everyone on Ball State’s campus will still have to take action to protect against contracting and spreading COVID-19. To begin the fall 2021 semester, everyone will be required to wear masks indoors regardless of their vaccination status.

Student legal services can provide help with housing inspection forms or waivers for organization-run events. Unsplash, Photo Courtesy

Legal help on campus

Student Legal Services (SLS) is a free resource offered to Ball State students with services ranging from criminal to civil law, according to the Ball State website. It can provide students with documents such as roommate agreements and housing inspection forms.

The Health Center can help students experiencing pneumonia, sinus infections, abdominal pain and more. There are several on-campus centers that specialize in specific areas to help students. DN file

What’s the ______ center?

Whether you need help with something academic or have a health issue, Ball State has a variety of centers that can help with almost anything a student may need.

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Tips for class schedules

Scheduling can be overwhelming sometimes, especially with several factors contributing to decision-making. Here are some tips to make the process a little bit easier.

Students looking for a house or apartment for the next year or semester will be able to sign leases soon if not already. Alison Carroll, DN File

How to move off campus and sign a lease

Some call it “adulting,” some call it “frightening,” but most would agree signing a lease is one of the first grown-up things you can do as a college student. This guide explains the steps in landing an off-campus pad.

Ball State's campus has a variety of parking garages and lots for student and staff use with parking passes. Jaden Whiteman, DN File

Where to park on campus

Classes that are an hour and 15 minutes long and meters that only last for an hour? Parking Services does what it can to make money — but don’t worry. There are a variety of ways to avoid parking tickets. Below is a list of parking colors, what they mean and enforcement hours, according to the Ball State website.

Students moving into residence halls will have the opportunity for drop-off appointments before their assigned move-in days. Rohith Rao, DN FIle

What to bring to college

Soon you’ll be packing your bags for your first year of college. Many freshmen arrive with massive boxes and suitcases only to discover they brought too much or forgot something important. Don’t be that person. It can be a little scary at first, but here’s a guide on the do’s and don’ts of what to pack.

Junior theater major Emma Grow runs on the treadmill Feb. 22, 2021, at the Jo Ann Gora Student Recreation and Wellness Center. While social distancing will not be observed as strictly as in the 2020-21 school year, people will still be required to wear masks on campus in indoor facilities regardless of their vaccination status. Jaden Whiteman, DN File

Students share their thoughts on Ball State’s indoor mask mandate

Though Ball State’s campus is returning to mostly in-person learning, activity fairs, sporting events and club activities, the COVID-19 pandemic is still taking its toll on the usual operations of the university. While fully vaccinated students and staff will be free to socialize without keeping their distance from each other, face masks will be required for everyone indoors.

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