Why did you choose to attend Indiana University?
I came to Indiana University because of the incredible opportunities provided by the Ernie Pyle Scholars Program through the IU School of Journalism. This honors program offers travel opportunities to Chicago, Florida and London as well as numerous scholarships and a close-knit community for students who are passionate about journalism and interested in pursuing a career in the field.
What are your favorite things about Bloomington?
While living in Bloomington, I have come to appreciate the multi-cultural atmosphere that students are offered on campus. From the ethnic cuisine and the arts and entertainment to the 650 student organizations and activities, the Bloomington community is diverse and full of enriching experiences.
Tell us something that has surprised you about IU.
I was surprised that IU, a Big 10 school with more than 40,000 students, would offer students a small community where students thrive. Through the 13 different specialized schools within the university, students are treated as individuals and are given a space to feel encouraged and motivated
What is the most exciting opportunity you’ve had, so far, in your college experience?
My most exciting experience at college thus far has been working as the General Assembly/Elections beat reporter of the Indiana Daily Student, the student-run newspaper on campus. As a reporter, I was given the chance to drive down to Indianapolis to cover the 2010 Midterm Elections and with my IDS press pass, I was given full access and a front row seat at the Election Night celebration. Overall, the newspaper has given me the chance to meet and speak with a host of interesting people. I am constantly learning and growing with each article I write, and I am given the chance to learn about issues that are affecting people at a local, statewide, national, and international level.
What do you like about being away from your home state? What are the advantages and disadvantages of attending an out of state school?
Attending an out of state school certainly has many advantages. First and foremost, it gives students the chance to widen their cultural perspective and experience a sense of independence. While attending an out of state school can be a disadvantage in terms of separating from friends and family, it provides a environment for students to venture outside of their comfort zone and gain a series of new experiences
Now that you’ve spent some time at IU, what has reaffirmed your college decision?
My college experience is constantly reaffirmed when I take a look at all of the opportunities IU has to offer me on a day-to-day basis. Through my involvement in the J-School, I have already taken steps towards reaching my journalistic goals. This past semester, for example, CBS’ 60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan came to visit and, because of my school involvement, I was able not only to meet Ms. Logan, but to confer at some length and receive advice from this Emmy Award-winning reporter and recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award. It is experiences like this that further ignite my passion and motivate me to strive for success.