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Indiana University
Bloomington
Linda

Name: Linda Graff

Major: Accounting

Class: Freshman

1. What have been some of the opportunities you have gained through being a part of the Cox program?

A: The scholarship is a big blessing, and it has shown me that I am more capable of things than I originally thought.  I have met a lot of new people through the Cox program, and I have had many experiences I would not have had without this program.  My internship is one of the big experiences that has shown me I am capable of bigger things.  The responsibility and time management I have learned from it have helped me gain so much within the short time I have been at IU.

2. What special skills have you developed because of your position?

A: I am the Communications Intern at the Office of Sustainability, and I have learned many new skills I would not have learned this quickly if I had not had this opportunity.  As the Communications Intern, I manage their social media presence, produce weekly email and blog updates, and schedule their other 19 interns.  This position has helped me learn about a lot of computer programs and also time management and responsibility.

3. Would your IU experience be the same without being a part of the Cox program?

A: I do not think my time would be the same at IU without the Cox program.  The people I have met, events I have attended, and experiences I have gained would not have been the same at all if I were not a Cox Scholar.

4. Did receiving the Cox Scholarship influence your decision at all about attending Indiana University?

A: I knew I wanted to come here for the Kelley School of Business, but this scholarship definitely took a weight off my shoulders and made it a lot easier to come here.  I am honored that I was chosen to receive this scholarship bearing Jesse Cox's name, and it motivates me because his story gives me something more to live up to.

5. Describe the relationship with your employer.  How has it helped as a student?

A: I am very thankful for the bosses that I have.  They treat me as a mature young adult, which has made me act more responsibly because I want to exceed their expectations.  Also, they are very relatable.  I like this because I can ask them questions without being too intimidated.  They encourage my growth and take into consideration what I want to learn as I complete my projects and tasks.  I'm learning so much at my job.

Linda Working


Olivia

Name: Olivia Williamson

Major: Anthropology

Class: Sophomore

1. What have been some of the opportunities you have gained through being a part of the Cox program?

A: Through my experience as a Cox Exploratory Scholar I have been given incredible opportunities such as career development workshops, fun-filled trips to Indianapolis and Chicago, and vital academic support. The Cox Exploratory advisors have always gone above and beyond to make sure I was well-informed and taken care of. They have really worked with me to develop an academic plan catered to my interests and long-term goals.

2. What special skills have you developed because of your position?

A: Through my employment positions at the Indiana Memorial Union and the Alumni Association, I have learned how to conduct myself in a professional environment. Everyday is a new experience where I am constantly challenged to step outside of my comfort zone. I am able to work alongside terrific mentors while learning invaluable skills that I will carry with me through the rest of my life.

3. Would your IU experience be the same without being a part of the Cox program?

A: Absolutely not! This has been by far one of the best experiences of my life. I love being a member of the Cox family. This wonderful group of students has truly made a large university feel like a tight-knit community.

4. Describe your employment and some of your responsibilities?

A: As a sophomore, I am currently employed at the Indiana Alumni Association. I am the liaison between the I-Association and the sport marketing department, where I assist with event planning for alumni reunions. I have an all-access pass on game days, so keep a lookout for me on the field with the football players!

Olivia Working