Hi everybody! My name is Kati Vail, and I'm a freshman at THE Indiana University. I'm a born and bred Hoosier, hailing from Fort Wayne, Indiana. I graduated from Homestead High School (go Spartans!) with a class of around 850. Compared to some of my friends, my high school was HUGE, but I was still freaked out about coming to a school with over 40,000 students roaming around. I didn't think I wanted the Big Ten atmosphere; I loved the idea of a smaller school, with more focus on individual attention in the classroom and a smaller chance of becoming just a speck in one of the largest student bodies in the country. Call it fate, but after visiting, I knew I couldn't call anywhere else home.
I'm a marketing and management major at the Kelley School of Business with a minor in Spanish. It's been challenging, but being surrounded by some of the most motivated, dedicated and intelligent business students and being taught by the nation's top business faculty members is something really unique. I've learned so much about time management, avoiding procrastination (trust me, it's possible!) and staying on top of everything you need to.
In regards to activities outside of the classroom, I like to keep busy! In high school, I was always running around doing something, and staying so involved allowed me to meet so many new people and really gave me something that just classes and tests can't give. Especially in a campus as large as IU's, being involved has made the campus so much smaller; it's such a great feeling to pass people walking
to class that you know! I'm a marketing associate with a Kelley club called Women In Business (http://www.indiana.edu/~wib) which has been a great experience so far. The combination of being hands-on in the area of my major while learning about professionalism in the business world has been the best thing a freshman (with no previous business experience, mind you) could ask for. I'm a proud member of Kappa Delta Sorority, which has given me the opportunity to meet and make friends with a hundred wonderful and unique girls, along with the most beautiful house to live in for the next three years! I danced for the kids (ftk) at this year's IU Dance Marathon to raise money for Riley Children Hospital (here's me with Tom Crean at the marathon!), and I'm an avid IU basketball fan.
What I've learned so far during my freshman year is to just GET INVOLVED!! Try out anything and everything that might interest you. During my campus tour before coming to IU last fall, one of the tour guides told us a story about a handful of girls starting a leaf raking club at IU because they were from California, where the leaves never change colors and fall. IU has hundreds of clubs and organizations, whether it's Greek life or a chemistry fraternity, intramural and club sports or community service. Best of all, if there's something you love and there's no club for it, make your own! Chances are, someone else is just like you. It's all about getting involved, finding friends who love what you do, and creating your own niche in the world of 40,000+ college kids.
Feel free to contact me, and look for my future blogs to come!!
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