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Indiana University
Major: Microbiology
Minor: Spanish and Chemistry
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Classification: Senior


Why do you belong at IU?

For me, IU had everything that I was looking for in a school. I am very close to my family, so I love that Bloomington is only an hour from home. I wanted a program that would challenge me on many different levels, and that’s something I’ve found in the science courses at IU. The campus is beautiful (of course,) but it is also large enough that I’m always experiencing new things, and small enough that it’s not overwhelming. Also, coming from a family that has always loved the school, I really felt like it was the only place for me and like it was meant to be my destination.

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

As strange as it may sound, I love my major because I enjoy working for what I want. Science courses at IU can really be challenging, but I can’t enjoy my education if it all comes simply. I have to show up to class, pay attention, and study, but it is so gratifying to know that you actually earned your grades and that you put in hard work. The difficulty of my program always keeps me on my toes.

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

I am a musician! I have played the piano since I was 5. I can also play the oboe, and I know a thing or two about guitar.

Where is your favorite spot on campus?

I could spend all day in the arboretum, even though I usually find myself passing through on my way to class.

What is your favorite thing about Bloomington?

I love the sense of community in Bloomington. I really feel like everyone sort of rallies around each other because we have IU as a commonality. I also like that it’s impossible to get bored, because there’s always something new to try. Bloomington seems a little daunting at first, but once you get a feel for it, you realize that it’s really not as big as you’d think.

Tell us about your family.

I am very fortunate as far as my family goes. My parents are still together, and I have one brother, one sister, one half-brother, and one half-sister (and countless cousins). I also have four nephews, ages 6 years, 4 years, 2 years, and 10 months. I’m very close with all of them, and I would rather hang out with my sister or my nephews on a Friday night than do just about anything else. I love kids and am very blessed to have them all in my life and be so close to them.

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

I would probably have to say going to an IU basketball game last season and sitting behind the basket. We lost the game, but the energy in Assembly Hall is amazing- something you truly have to experience to understand.

What do you want to do after you graduate?

I would like to get my PhD and my career goal is to do cancer research. The step I am at now is applying to graduate school. Fingers crossed!

What music are you currently listening to?

I listen to almost everything. I like stuff that is on the radio, but also bands that most people have never heard of. I can’t even narrow it down to my current top 10!

What is your advice to students interested in Indiana University?

The advice that I always give to my younger brother is to work hard now, because the decisions that you make today will, without a doubt, affect your future. Also, if you think IU might be the right place for you, visit! It’s so hard to know if a place is right for you until you get there and see how it “feels”.

Tell us about your favorite class or teacher.

This past semester, I took Microbiology with Professor Kearns. For the first time, I didn’t have to work to pay attention in class; I just did it because I was so interested. Bacteria that had symbiotic relationships with squid, the proteins involved in cell division- all the stuff that would probably bore other people is what made me want to come to class everyday. It is such an amazing feeling to find out that you really love what you’re going to do for a living.

What fun extracurricular activities have you been involved with?

I have been involved with some community service, am a mentor in the Hutton Honors College, will be working on research in a lab next semester, and will hopefully be studying abroad this coming summer.