Wow, I can’t believe it has already been three years.
I have had numerous experiences that have transitioned my thinking and goals. I began college pursuing a career in sports medicine. However, after my time in IU’s Professional Athletic Training Undergraduate Program, and holding my second internship with the U.S. Olympics, I realized I wanted to pursue a career in sports management and logistics. I changed my major to exercise science, and did not let this change my mindset or progress towards graduation. I’m staying involved in many things as I can; testing my limits and branching out to network with new people.
Build your community
I’ve found my brotherhood through the alpha chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. I’m loving everyday of it, we have so many programs and opportunities for the brothers and we get together when we can for a game of basketball or just to study. It is an honor to be their president and it’s cool getting to run this chapter while I’m here.
I would say to all incoming freshmen, don’t be scared to try new things. It is okay if you don’t know what you want to do, or what your passion is. This is the time to figure it all out. The important thing is to focus on why you came to school, and everything school has to offer you as a student. Find tutors, mentors, etc., as early as possible to help you establish a foundation you can build up from.
The resources are all out there, especially in Bloomington. It’s just up to you as a young adult to go find them, and use them accordingly.
Courtland is a senior studying athletic training in the School of Public Health. He’s one of 12 Indiana University students featured in the IU 2020 Series, a four-year documentary film produced by student interns in the Office of the Provost for the IU Bicentennial.