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Indiana University
Major: Management
Hometown: Western Springs, IL
Classification: Alumni


Why do you belong at IU?

The first time I came to IU's campus, my tour guide told me that while it is impossible to make a small school feel big, it is possible to make a big school feel small. I belong at IU because as big as this school is, it is incredibly personal. I think I have been bored once in two years here on campus, and it was only because I made myself take a break from doing so much. When they say in the brochures that there is always something to do on campus, they mean it. I am a big fan of going to concerts,and so far I have seen Vampire Weekend, Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, N.E.R.D., Wiz Khalifa, and the Flaming Lips on campus- all in two years. Every year it feels more and more like I belong at IU because a little part of IU belongs to me.

What do you like most about your major or scholarship program?

I like that there are so many opportunities to demonstrate what you have learned in class in real-life opportunities. Being Business Manager of IU's Straight No Chaser, I am able to use a lot of the things I have learned from the Kelley School during negotiating and booking shows. As for the Fry Scholarship, I am blessed to be surrounded by such an incredible group of intelligent and driven people.

What is an interesting fact about you that most people would find surprising or unexpected?

My grandpa once owned a Mexican restaurant in Chicago where Cubs players used to come after games to hear my grandmother sing.

Where is your favorite spot on campus?

My favorite spots on campus are the random places you stumble upon when you aren't expecting it. For all of you piano players out there, there are random baby grand pianos littered around campus in the most unlikely of places. A great place to start exploring is the Kirkwood area.

What is your favorite thing about Bloomington?

My favorite thing about Bloomington is the general atmosphere. Everyone is here because they want to be, and with so much to do on campus, IU is always buzzing.

Tell us about your family.

I am the first person to go college in my immediate family. Both of my parents never got the opportunity to attend a university, so it was a big deal when I got my scholarships to IU. I also have a younger brother who is going to attend George Mason in the fall. (I know, I tried and tried to give the Suarez family another Hoosier).

What is the best college experience you have had so far?

There is a pair of college experiences that have really stood out to me so far. The first one was in October of my sophomore year when I was asked to be the emcee of the Matching the Promise Campaign Closing Dinner. I got to have dinner next to President McRobbie, sing the IU fight song with Grammy Award winning singer Sylvia McNair, and got to meet some of IU’s most important alumni. The second most memorable college experience for me has been having the opportunity to be a member of IU’s a cappella group IU’s Straight No Chaser. This past year we had our 15th Anniversary Spring concert where we performed at the IU auditorium. The planning, preparation, and execution of the show all made for a great learning experience.

What do you want to do after you graduate?

I plan to start my own record company and become the next Richard Branson.

What music are you currently listening to?

Mumford and Sons, Bon Iver, James Blake, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Kanye West, Punch Brothers, Elton John, Billy Joel, John Legend, The Raconteurs, Cake, Ben Folds, Vampire Weekend, Michael Jackson, anything Motown, (and for a shameless plug), IU’s Straight No Chaser’s latest EP Still Standing.

What is your advice to students interested in Indiana University?

Come down and visit during the spring, and if you can make it, The Little 500. Little 5 represents everything that IU represents condensed into one incredible week. Also take note that you can always make a big school feel small, but can never make a small school feel big. Indiana has everything to offer, and it is easy to make it personal and tailored to your interests.