Growing up in Indianapolis, I always knew I wanted to spend my college years at Indiana University. Now a junior, I can't imagine a more special place to get the best college experience, in and out of the classroom. I treasure my time at IU and have learned how to get the most out of my four years here. I'm working towards a B.A. in English with a concentration in public and professional writing while also pursuing a certificate in arts management in SPEA with the hope of using my written communication skills after graduation. IU has allowed me to build an extensive portfolio and gain professional writing experience because of the multitude of opportunities.
As a reporter and copy-editor for the Indiana Daily Student, IU's nationally recognized student-run newspaper, I've been able to experience parts of IU that I wouldn't have otherwise, such as interviewing award-winning author Tim O'Brien. Besides the fun opportunities the job offers, I've been able to build a portfolio that can compete in the professional world.
I'm also an active member in Independent Council, a philanthropic and social club for women who want to be involved on campus but don't choose the Greek path. Besides all the friends I've gained, I've learned one benefit of a big school is the ability to find your niche and prosper.
I spent the summer after my sophomore year as an intern in the manuscript editorial department at Indiana University Press learning the publishing business and am a current press relations intern for Indiana University Liberian Collections. These opportunities were available because of IU's huge pool of opportunities for students looking to gain professional experience. Even with a slumping job market, I truly feel I will graduate prepared to face the real world.