Scholar Spotlights

Marysol Garcia

Major: Criminal Justice and Spanish
Minor: Psychology
Hometown: Whiting, Indiana

Why did you choose IU Bloomington?

I absolutely fell in love with the campus and the atmosphere. I love the diversity and that there are so many majors to choose from. That really helped me choose IU since I was indecisive.

What advice would you give to a senior that you wish you would have known?

Transitioning from high school to college can be tough. There are a lot of adjustments to be made, but most importantly you have to remember why you’re here. There’s a lot going on at IU and that can be distracting, but getting good grades as a freshman is super important. The grades you get your freshman year set a basis/foundation for your GPA. It’s really hard to get it up once it’s down.

What has been an obstacle that you have overcome as an undergraduate student?

My biggest obstacle was probably deciding what I wanted to do with my life and really committing to picking a field. I have talked to amazing advisers that have really helped me weigh my options and realize that I didn’t necessarily have to pick just one field, but that I was able to, with a lot of hard work, pick and commit to three areas of study that I love.

How have the 21st Century Scholar services at IU Bloomington benefitted you?

Aside from receiving the financial help of 21st Century, IU offers additional services through 21st Century. There’s always someone to talk to if you have any doubts about FAFSA, studying abroad opportunities, anything financial, and a bunch of other opportunities that are beneficial to us as students and will be helpful in the future.

How do you remain successful as a 21st Century Scholar?

I always keep in mind how blessed I am to have received this wonderful scholarship, so I do everything in my power to keep it. This means keeping my grades up, staying out of trouble, etc.

What is the best thing about being a 21st Century Scholar?

The best thing is that I won’t have to worry about student debt when I graduate! How awesome is that?

What has been your favorite class IU and why?

My favorite class has been CJUS-P439 Seminar in Corrections with Professor William Oliver. Although it was challenging, the class was super interesting and Professor Oliver is just so wise, insightful, and overall a really good professor. We got to visit the men’s and women’s prisons which were like entering a whole new world.

What activities (including employment) are you involved in?


I’m currently employed at the College Mall so between my job and school I like to run, cook, and just spend time with my roommates, friends, and boyfriend.