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Indiana University
Minor: German
Hometown: Whiting, IN
Classification: Alumni


Why do you belong at IU?

I belong at IU because I love IU. If I had not come, I may not have met some of my best friends, professional mentors and James Turley, continued my German studies, gone to NYC with Ernst & Young, seen Robin Williams, Senator Edwards and other plays at the Auditorium, led college tours and programs for high school students, improved my familial relationships, and joined organizations where I see my ideas realized. My fourteen months here have changed me!

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

Accounting offers me career flexibility, and Business Economics turns the mundane into a mental challenge of equations! Kelley offers experienced faculty and staff, great career resources, and top company connections.

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

I‘ve played vihuela in a mariachi since I was ten. I study German. I look serious, but I love working my abs with a laugh!

Where is your favorite spot on campus?

The Memorial Hall courtyard and the Lilly Library.

What is your favorite thing about Bloomington?

I feel comfortable here among those from Indiana, but I am also open to learn about other cultures through my Latin-American, African-American, Indian, and Korean friends! Bloomington offers me challenges that save me from boredom and feeds me life lessons for my maturing mind.

Tell us about your family.

My family inspires me! Mi mamá is my Rosie the Riveter! Mi papá is always on the moon and has an inquisitive mind. My two brothers argue with me a lot, but are great advisors. My sister will always be my role model. Every generation has a sense of humor! "Romo" has been in Mexico since the 1600s. Despite the Italian rumors, but we believe we might be Spanish mixed with Tarasco native and French blood. Big fact: I have about 56 first cousins!

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

The most inspirational moment was when students from my high school came for a college program I planned with the help of LA CASA, Admissions, HHSP, and Kelley. We talked. We ran. We danced. We cried!

What do you want to do after you graduate?

I would love to do a funny dance in different countries like Matt Harding, work with an accounting firm in Chicago, earn my law degree from University of Chicago’s Law School, initiate my own non-profit or for-profit into my 40s, and retire to be a docent with the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

What music are you currently listening to?

Alabina’s "Habibi Ya Nour El Ein"—while filling out this out, but I’ve got this 80s and 90s rock groove going. Never thought I’d ever like something like "Resistance" from Muse either.

What is your advice to students interested in Indiana University?

Come visit IU while classes are in full session. See if you fit in. If you decide to come, define a few goals for the year to keep you on top of things. MANAGE YOUR TIME. Sleep. Don’t overload your plate, but be open-minded. I learned that culture, class, language, etc. are superficial safety blankets; in the end, it’s personalities that attract.

IU Recognition Scholarship
Richard G. Lugar Fund for Hoosier Excellence Scholarship
Hammond-Whiting Kiwanis Club Scholarship
Central Indiana Community Foundation-Mexican Consulate Scholarship
Fifth Third Bank-William and Louise Allen Scholarship
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