Confidence- As told by Parker Mantell

Parker Mantell was the chosen student speaker at commencement this year. He talks about the confidence he gained while being a student at Indiana University.

"Stop believing in those who cast doubt upon you and start believing in yourself. Shift your thinking, such that when opportunities come before you, you don't ask why me, but you ask, why not me? Take a step forward, dare to do what others have doubted that you can... Take that step forward because, as IU has taught us, it is possible."

I could not agree more with what Parker Mantell has to say. I do wholeheartedly believe that Indiana University will supply you with the tools and confidence needed to flourish in the real world. Whether it is your connections with professors, your sorority sisters, or your connections outside of the classroom, if you want to find confidence at IU, it is here waiting for you.

About The Author
Michaella BeattyPsych Major, AGD, IUDM Marketing, Volunteer, Artist

I am a senior studying Psychology at Indiana University, with a minor in studio art and Spanish. I am looking at going into School Counseling

I am involved in so many things on campus! I am on the Marathon Relations Committee for Indiana University Dance Marathon (nation's 2nd larget student run philanthrophy, ndb). I am an initiated sister of Alpha Gamma Delta (shoutout to my squirrels!). I am also an initiated member of Alpha Phi Omega, which is a service fraternity I am on the Swim Club, I volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club in the art room, and a blogger for

I am a very active member of our campus, and am excited to share some of my experiences with you!