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Figuring out what to do after high school can be a challenging task.  Deciding where to go to college or what career path to follow can be scary decisions.  But earlier today, Minot State tried to make that process a little bit easier for some North Dakota high school students.

 Once a year, hundreds of high school juniors and seniors from across the state, come to Minot to put some though into what they want to do with their lives.  And Minot State University tries to help them get a grasp on their futures.  "Focusing on what students want to get into, they might not even know there's a gemologist there, or that they can go to school for that, and how do they get into that.  Giving them options to know what they want to go into and help them discover there interests is really important," said Derek Van Dyke, Admissions Counselor for Minot State.

 Today, MSU held their annual Futurepalooza.  An event that showcases professionals and post-secondary schools.  "We have 69, 70 people from the area come and present about what they do.  Everything from engineering, to health sciences to business," stated Van Dyke.  Jennifer Hubrig, Marketing Director for the North Dakota State Fair, and presenter at Futurepalooza added, "They're here from all over, they're checking out all sorts of different projects from what it's like to be a pharmacist to what it's like to be an event planner.  So it's a lot of fun to tell them about what I do."

 Students got the chance to check out 47 different Colleges, University and Military Institutions from across North Dakota, surrounding states, and Canada.  "If they want to go into something North Dakota doesn't have, then they can look and start preparing for the future," stated Van Dyke.  "It's good to get your information out to colleges so they can contact you and you can keep in touch with them and have a plan for after high school," said Jake Magnuson, a Senior at Bishop Ryan High School.

 So no matter what profession or career path you plan to follow, having some background knowledge can help you be more sure of your decision.  Van Dyke says Minot State plans to host the Futurepalooza event for years to come.

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