Kelsey Green ’21 ends senior year with Governor’s Fellowship

IMG_3703-01Kelsey Green ‘21 (history, psychology) recently accepted a prestigious position at the Indiana Statehouse as a Governor’s Fellow. There, she will take an active role in the statehouse, work with various state departments to achieve their annual goals, and gain firsthand experience learning how state policies are made. She hopes to use that experience to bolster her applications to doctoral programs once that posting has been completed.

UIndy 360 got to know Kelsey with this Q&A before she graduated this May:

How has UIndy prepared you for the next steps of your career?

UIndy has prepared me for the next steps in my career by challenging me academically and helping me realize my own potential. As a freshman, I wasn’t sure what my collegiate experience would entail but knew I wanted to grow both professionally and personally. In both the history and psychology departments, I’ve encountered many professors and mentors who have offered me career advice, encouraged me to take risks, and have been professionally invested in my growth. That personal mentorship is not something all students have access to and I’m very thankful I had people who supported me. 

Have you had any faculty mentors?

There are so many people I would need to thank for mentoring me! This is by no means an exclusive list but I’d like to thank Dr. Mason Burns, my honors advisor, for helping me complete my honors project and teaching me everything I know about social psychology and statistics. Dr. Frantz, my capstone history professor, for helping me navigate the complex world of historical academia and challenging me as a historical writer so I could produce a fabulous essay. Dr. James Williams, my professor and honors director, for supporting me through the honors project and providing ample support for such a challenging undertaking. And also Michael Strauss, my viola teacher and mentor of 4 years, who has always believed in my musicianship even when I didn’t. I could go on, but the list would be a mile long!

Were you involved in any other extracurricular activities on or off campus?

I am so honored and humbled to have received 2nd place in the Bennett-Tinsley award. I worked very hard on that essay and feel it is one of my best pieces of work yet. More so than anything, the award has motivated me, even more, to continue developing my writing skills and continue on my academic path!

 

Maxwell Shafer ’21 (Actuarial Science, Math and Statistics Minors)

UIndy 360 spoke to Maxwell Shafer ‘21 (Actuarial Science, Math and Statistics Minors) about his UIndy journey.

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UIndy 360: What advice do you have for incoming freshmen?

Maxwell: Put yourself out there, don’t be shy.

360: What is the most significant way UIndy has had an impact on you?

M: Being out of state, I got to see how different everyone is with their mannerisms & etc. Gained a new perspective on a lot of things.

360: How has your program prepared you for the next steps in your career?

M: The classes offered followed the exact format of the actuarial exams. The professors made it super easy to get ahead in my career by passing a few exams in undergrad. 

360: Do you have any faculty mentors? If so, who are they and how have they helped you? 

M: Nadjib Bouzar has been my biggest help. He has put in countless hours helping me and going out of his way to help his students. I can’t describe how thankful I am to have had him as my main professor. Also, Lochana Siriwardena has given a lot of career advice and has been a huge help to me as well. I have also talked to other professors like Wendy McCoy who have actuarial experience and went out of their way to offer me advice! 

360: Have you been involved in any extracurricular activities? (athletics, RSOs, volunteer work etc.) How have those experiences impacted your time at UIndy?

M: I’ve been involved in a few things and the people I met have made the greatest impact on me. 

360: What would you like to do following graduation? What are your long-term career goals? 

M: I have a job lined up this Summer in Chicago as a Health Actuarial Analyst at Mercer. My goals are to pass all my exams and then maybe take my background in math and apply it to sport analytics/statistics some day!

360: What’s your favorite thing about UIndy?

M: The people I have met and having small class sizes so I had great relationships with my professors.

Sabrina Camargo ’21 (psychology / criminal justice / sociology)

Congratulations to the University of Indianapolis Class of 2021! Meet Sabrina, one of our outstanding seniors:


 

Sabrina CamargoGraduation: May 2021

Major: Psychology and Criminal Justice with concentrations in clinical counseling studies (PSY) and law enforcement (CJ) 

Minor: Sociology 

Extracurriculars: During my second year at UIndy, a new instructor started the Sociology Club, where I became the co-social media coordinator, the secretary my 3rd year, and president during my senior year. I have been able to see the club grow from the beginning. 

Future plans: I am on a 4+1 track to graduate with a MA in Applied Sociology in May 2022. I am passionate about working with the Hispanic/Latinx community and hope to find a career helping that community after graduating with my MA. 

How you’ve grown at UIndy: Each program has taught me to never settle and to continue searching for answers for what may be unknown. I started out my freshman year with no interest in research, but slowly learned the power of research and its importance. It has taught me to always stay curious about the world around us. 

UIndy mentors: I have been fortunate enough to have several faculty members who have guided me and helped shape me into the student and person that I am. From the Psychology Dept. Dr. Loria always went above and beyond to help me apply my interests in my work. In the Criminal Justice Dept. Dr. Biggs was always a fantastic instructor who also helped me see how my degree in criminal justice could be applied in other areas the law enforcement. However, the Sociology Dept. is really where I felt at home. Dr. Wynn, Dr. Ziff, Professor Mouser, and Dr. Miller have all helped me truly grasp my passions and how I can apply them outside of the classroom. 

Favorite thing about UIndy: It has always felt like home. Carrying the Mexican Flag during the Celebration of the Flags my junior year will forever be my favorite memory of UIndy. UIndy appreciates diversity, which is why I felt at home. 

Advice to incoming freshmen: Never to be afraid to nerd out. College is the time and place where you are meant to learn and pursue your passions!

Get to know more Greyhounds from the Class of 2021

Q&A with McKenna Tetrick ’21 (psychology, Spanish)

Leading up to Commencement, UIndy 360 is asking some of our graduates to tell us about their experience at UIndy and fill us in on what their plans are after graduation. Get to know McKenna Tetrick!

 

Image-1 (4)What degree program(s) will you be graduating from?

I will be graduating this May with a B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in clinical and counseling studies and a B.A. in Spanish. I also have minors in English Literary Studies and Latin American Studies. 

 

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen?

My advice for freshmen would be to let yourself be curious! Don’t feel like you have to tie yourself down to one area – explore and have fun!

 

What is the most significant way that UIndy has had an impact on you?

UIndy has become my home away from home. It has allowed me to learn about myself, others, and the world around me in ways I never thought I could.

 

How has your program prepared you for the next steps in your career?

Both psychology and Spanish have given me great, holistic approaches to my education. They have prepared me for a career in giving me a wide range of applicable skills.

 

Do you have any faculty mentors, and if so, how have they helped you?

My greatest faculty mentors have been unofficial, but incredible nonetheless. I am eternally and especially grateful to Dr. Ana Maria Ferreira for consistently inspiring, encouraging, and educating me throughout the past four years. The English and Psychology departments house too many amazing people to specifically honor one, but they have all mentored me in their own fantastic ways. 

 

Have you been involved in any extra-curricular activities?

For the past 3 years, I have served on the board for the Global Languages Organization (GLO). This organization has helped me meet new people, become further involved in the Spanish department, and foster relationships with faculty and peers alike. I recommend everyone take part in an organization that interests them!

 

What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation, I plan on taking a gap year and then returning to UIndy for grad school! As for long-term career goals, I plan to work with literature in some shape or form. I would love to work for an international publishing house.

 

What has been your favorite thing about UIndy?

My favorite thing about UIndy is the small-school feel of it. I love the opportunity to take multiple classes with professors and other students, leading to lasting relationships!

 

Kristen Laporte ‘21, MPS Real Estate Development

UIndy 360 spoke to Kristen Laporte ‘21 (MPS Real Estate Development) about her UIndy 

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UIndy 360: What advice do you have for incoming freshmen?

Kristen: There are so many opportunities ahead of you, college is the time to find your passion.  If the classes you are taking for your major don’t appeal to you, there is a chance the job you think you want won’t either.  

360: What is the most significant way UIndy has had an impact on you?

K: Considering I hadn’t been in school since I graduated college back in 2004, UIndy reminded me of the hard work & dedication that it takes to be a good student.  That we all have different ways of learning & that it’s important to put your best effort forward if you want to get the most out of the course.

360: How has your program prepared you for the next steps in your career? 

K: My original degree was in communications, and now I work in real estate development.  Participating in the MPS in Real Estate Development gave me the opportunity to take the on-the-job knowledge that I have learned in my career & expand on that with the experience & guidance of our instructors.  Getting to learn from others in the industry & fine-tune my skills has been incredibly rewarding & has helped me in my everyday career.

360: Do you have any faculty mentors? If so, who are they and how have they helped you? 

K: The great part about the MPS program is that our instructors are people who work in the Real Estate industry, so they all in a way become our mentors during their specific course.  Eric Harvey has really been great at pushing our cohort to achieve more.

360: Have you done any internships, and if so, where were they? What skills did you gain? 

K: I am currently the Director of Market Research & Analytics for Buckingham Companies, so it has been some time since I was an intern.  However, I can say that internships are vital as you move into the working world & there is no reason to wait to get an internship until you’re a Sophomore or Junior.  It’s competitive out there & employers want to find people who are not only good students, but who have challenged themselves & had the opportunity to see more real-life work experience.  

360: What would you like to do following graduation? What are your long-term career goals?  

K: Following graduation I’ll just be happy to get some free time back.  My focus right now is to continue to help Buckingham expand into different markets as well as look at other product types.  Long-Term career goals would be to one day run a development company.

360: What’s your favorite thing about UIndy?

K: I think the best part about UIndy is the opportunity it provides to its students, even to an older student like me.  I am grateful for the opportunity I have been given by being part of the MPS of Real Estate Development program.

Kirby Jones ’21, Doctorate of Occupational Therapy

“UIndy taught me how important it is to apply my knowledge in ways that help others. My education can be a driving force for positive changes in the community.”

kirby jones class of 2021 Kirby Jones '21, Doctorate of Occupational Therapy

What are your plans after graduation?
I plan to pursue a career in Indianapolis in pediatric occupational therapy through outpatient clinical and early intervention services. I am excited to work with families and children to promote function and participation in important occupations of play, school, and family life. Providing occupational therapy in a clinic and through early intervention will prepare me to help families with a wide variety of needs, strengthening my skills as a new grad. Long-term, I plan to return to my hometown of rural Vincennes and apply the skills and knowledge learned early in my career. I also plan to continue advocating for the role of occupational therapists for families in foster care, adoption, or community programs such as Safe Families for Children. I believe occupational therapy can help families that are struggling with behaviors, emotions, and development related to exposure to trauma and transition between caregivers. These families typically would not qualify for traditional OT services, but community-based OT services would be able to address the need and improve families’ quality of life, children’s participation in school, and reduce the impacts of trauma on their functioning. I am very excited to start my career and see where occupational therapy takes me!

How has your program prepared you for the next steps in your career?
UIndy is one of the first programs to offer a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy. As a Doctorate student, I completed additional course work and experiential learning that challenged me to learn about various topics. Through this, I have become very passionate about exploring the potential benefit of occupational therapy community-based services for families in foster care. As I work towards this goal, my traditional work will have a greater purpose as I learn to work with families and children as an occupational therapist. 

Extracurriculars
In undergrad, I was a part of the UIndy Cheerleading team all four years, a mentor for three years in College Mentors for Kids, and a Presidential Ambassador for three years. In grad school, I was a member of SOTA (Student Occupational Therapy Association) all three years and the President for one year. I have consistently volunteered in my community through the Joseph Maley Foundation and my church. Each experience helped connect me with other UIndy students, local community members, and learn to value experiences outside of the classroom. I plan to continue pursuing volunteer efforts as a new graduate through the Joseph Maley Foundation, Safe Families for Children, and my church. 

I also interned at the Joseph Maley Foundation within their adaptive athletics program. I was fortunate enough to be offered employment following the internship, and I continued to learn valuable lessons from a well-respected non-profit organization. Through visionary leadership and community collaborations, the Joseph Maley Foundation provided valuable services and programming to families and children of all abilities across central Indiana. Through graduate school, I completed clinical experiences at Reid Health in Richmond, IN, Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, IN, Mercy Health in Oklahoma City, OK, Harvest Health and Rehab in Loogootee, IN, and Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis, IN. These clinic experiences varied in setting, population, and instructional approach. By having a variety of experiences I feel prepared as a new grad OT to provide quality service in many practice settings. I also gained valuable skills in interpersonal skills, communication, and adaptability – all of which are crucial soft skills for employment. My final experiential learning opportunity occurred at Safe Families for Children in Central Indiana. This organization helped formulate my passion for providing OT services to families in foster care. I also learned to articulate the value of OT to community volunteers, staff members, and families. Advocating for OT in this emerging practice area is something I plan to continue throughout the extent of my career and without the DCE, my passion may not have been actualized. 

Who are your UIndy mentors?
My research advisor all three years was Dr. Rebecca Barton. Dr. Barton guided our research group through a rigorous qualitative research process, an experience unique to UIndy’s OTD program. Dr. Barton always embodied the passion behind student mentorship and support. Her love for the profession and teaching the next cohort of therapists made her an incredible source of support throughout graduate school. My faculty advisor throughout my Doctoral Capstone Experience (DCE) was Dr. Taylor McGann. Dr. McGann provided essential feedback throughout my DCE to improve the quality and effectiveness of my program design. Dr. McGann also supported my efforts with pursuing jobs through letters of recommendation, interview pointers, and guidance on how to identify a healthy workplace environment. 

What’s your favorite thing about UIndy?
The sense of community that extends beyond graduation. All of the connections with peers, professors, and other staff are truly relational and not transactional – I know I can reach out at any point for support or to celebrate an accomplishment. UIndy has been my home away from home for 7 years and I wouldn’t change a thing. I have loved my experience at UIndy and am so excited to support future Hounds as they pursue their degrees and dreams. 

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen?
Stay organized with classes and schoolwork so you can be successful academically AND enjoy all the fun of college. 

Learn more about UIndy’s College of Health Sciences

Senior spotlight: Isaac Bush ’21 (finance & supply chain management)

Isaac Bush Class of 2021

 

  • Graduating: May 2021
  • Majors: Finance and Supply Chain Management
  • Strain Honors College

 

Extracurriculars: Member of the Executive Board for the UIndy Finance Club. “Through this, I was able to gain more leadership experience and connect to both my fellow finance majors and professionals in the industry.”

 

What are your plans after graduation?
“Immediately following graduation, I will transition from being a Procurement Intern to being a Procurement Program Analyst at Allison Transmission. In this position, I will be the purchasing representative for one Allison Transmission product line. I eventually plan on earning my MBA as well. Ultimately, I strive to one day become either a Chief Operating Officer (COO) or Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a major corporation.”

How has your program prepared you for the next steps in your career?
“The School of Business does a great job providing students with experience in all of the business areas. This allows students to see which one they like the most. I personally enjoyed the Supply Chain Management curriculum, as it is so varied and provides a wide range of instruction. This allowed me to be prepared for various internships and my future full-time job upon graduation.”

Who are your UIndy mentors?
“All of the professors were great in their individual ways, but I would say that Dr. Karl Knapp was my main faculty mentor. He especially helped me in developing and completing my Honors Project. He also helped me make connections and understand different career possibilities.”

What internship experiences have you had?
“I’ve had four internships. My first was with Travelers Insurance as a Business Insurance Underwriting Intern. I then interned as a Finance/Accounting Intern at IMMI. After that, I was an Accounting Intern at Spot Freight. Currently, I am a Procurement Intern at Allison Transmission, which will lead to a full-time position in May. Through these internships, I gained great experience in a variety of career fields. I learned how a business runs, office etiquette, soft skills, and leadership skills, as well as specific accounting, finance, and purchasing-specific skills.”

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen?
“Making connections early is very important. Go to career fairs and events to try to make connections. This will hopefully lead to internships and eventually a great job following graduation.”

What’s your favorite thing about UIndy?
“The small class sizes. As someone who came from a very small, rural high school, this was very important to me. I was able to build connections and personally interact with all of my professors. This greatly enhanced my education and made me feel welcome.”

“UIndy has given me the chance to receive a great education while also building real-world connections. These connections have been and will continue to be vital throughout my career.”

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Class of 2021 Q&A: Haley Salamie

UIndy 360 spoke to Haley Salamie ‘21 (Operations and Supply Chain Management, Honors Concentration) about her UIndy journey.

 

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UIndy 360: What advice do you have for incoming freshmen?

 

Haley: Be confident, join clubs, and do not be afraid to talk to your professors!

 

360: What is the most significant way UIndy has had an impact on you?

 

H: The most significant way UIndy has impacted me is that I have been given many opportunities to have impact on the community through leadership and service.

 

360: How has your program prepared you for the next steps in your career?

 

H: My program has prepared me by giving me the tools and knowledge to stand out amongst my peers and succeed in my career. 

 

360: Do you have any faculty mentors? If so, who are they and how have they helped you? 

 

H: Yes, Dr. Karl Knapp! He has always believed in me and has helped me through my entire honors project process!

 

360: Have you been involved in any extracurricular activities? (athletics, RSOs, volunteer work etc.) How have those experiences impacted your time at UIndy? 

 

H: Yes, I am in UIndy’s Supply Chain Club and Dance Team! Both of these clubs have allowed me to meet others on campus and make friends! Supply Chain Club has allowed me to gain further experience with my major and improve my leadership skills. The Dance Team has given me the opportunity to dance at a collegiate level, participate in many campus events, and travel! I also really enjoy participating in UIndy Pride’s Annual Drag Show. All of these activities have allowed me to feel a part of the UIndy community!

 

360: Have you done any internships, and if so, where were they? What skills did you gain?

 

H: Yes, I interned with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra! I gained skills in leadership, management, communication, and planning.

 

360: What would you like to do following graduation? What are your long-term career goals? 

 

H: Following graduation, I would like to continue my education with a master’s in supply chain. My long-term career goal is to have a job where I can improve sustainability throughout the supply chain operation.

 

360: What’s your favorite thing about UIndy?

 

H: The people. I have met so many wonderful, kind, people during my time here! 

Senior Spotlight: Elizabeth Brock ’19 ’21 (psychology, OTD)

126865109_3745917662106676_4381155905705450362_nThis May, Elizabeth Brock ’19 ’21 (psychology, OTD) will complete her UIndy journey that she began back in 2015 when she graduates as a doctor of occupational therapy. UIndy 360 caught up with Elizabeth before commencement and asked her to talk about her experience at UIndy and what she has planned after graduation:

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen?

I encourage incoming freshmen to take advantage of the intimate classroom setting at UIndy. Take time to build relationships with your professors and reach out with any concerns. The professors at UIndy are excellent and want to help you reach your professional potential.

 

What is the most significant way UIndy has had an impact on you?

I have a network of professionals and colleagues from my undergraduate and graduate programs that are supporting me as I enter into the workforce. 

 

How has your program prepared you for the next steps in your career?

Several employers and educators from various healthcare organizations have made positive comments of their experience hiring students from UIndy. The OTD program at UIndy is highly accredited and I feel adequately prepared and confident with my skills to enter into the job force. UIndy offers unique educational experiences that sets their students apart from other programs such as a cadaver lab, multiple orthoses, a Certified Brain Injury Specialist course, a direct-admit program, Anatomage labs, etc.

 

Do you have any faculty mentors? If so, who are they and how have they helped you? 

Through faculty guidance, I am prepared and excited to become an occupational therapist. I am blessed to have learned lessons from each one of my professors. You all have inspired me to advocate for client-centered and occupation-based care in the workforce. Specifically, my faculty mentor and doctoral capstone advisor Dr. Taylor McGann, has inspired me with her confidence and expertise in the field. She always encourages me to believe in my skills and pursue my dreams as a young practitioner. I am truly honored to be an UIndy Alum of the Doctoral Occupational Therapy Program for Cohort 2021. 

 

Have you been involved in any extracurricular activities? (athletics, RSOs, volunteer work etc.) How have those experiences impacted your time at UIndy? 

  • Super Saturday of Service through UIndy
  • Note-taker for students diagnosed with learning disabilities through UIndy
  • Member of the National Society of Leadership and Success through UIndy
  • Volunteered at St. Thomas More Clinic in Morgan County, IN for 6 years- they provide health care services for those without health insurance
  • Member of “Community Group” a Christian organization at UIndy where fellow students gather to express and growth their faith on campus

I grew personally and professionally through my volunteer and group experiences through UIndy. I met several close friends and colleagues through these opportunities. I learned it is important to set apart time to give back to your community! 

 

Have you done any internships, and if so, where were they? What skills did you gain?

During my 12-week rotation at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI), I was mentored by two talented UIndy Alumni occupational therapists, Christian Lauletta and Taylor Yeager. I split time between the stroke and brain injury units on site. During my rotation, I discovered my passion for the neuro practice setting. It is rewarding to help individuals work through their most vulnerable state and get back to their meaningful occupations. Also, I held an in-service for the therapy department on how to use their 3D printer to design and create resources on site for occupation-based interventions. 

Also, I spent 14-weeks in Missouri working with BC Stables and Training Center to develop a program called Healing Horseshoes for my doctoral capstone experience. Healing Horseshoes allows children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder to participate in equine-assisted therapy focused on treating socio-emotional and mental health deficits. I advocated for my profession and equal opportunities for suffering from occupational injustice. 

 

What would you like to do following graduation? What are your long-term career goals? 

Following graduation, I hope to find a full-time occupational therapist position in an in-patient neuro unit, specifically treating brain injury and stroke diagnoses. My long-term goal is to advocate for the profession of occupational therapy and encourage practitioners/facilities to continue prioritizing client-centered and occupation-based care!

 

What’s your favorite thing about UIndy?

My favorite thing about UIndy are the small, personal classroom settings. I love that my professors know my name and I know my entire cohort. I have built so many meaningful relationships with my peers and professors during my academic journey at UIndy. 

Class of 2021 Q&A: Ally Staley

UIndy 360 spoke to Ally Staley ‘21 (Computer Information Systems and Applied Business Analytics, Math minor, Honors Concentration) about her UIndy journey.

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360: What advice do you have for incoming freshmen?

Ally: Get out of your comfort zone! Try something new that may challenge you. If you don’t leave college with a new skill set or experience, you really missed out. 

360: What is the most significant way UIndy has had an impact on you? 

A: UIndy allowed me to grow as a person, student, and professional. I was tested spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically during my time here and I am forever grateful for the opportunities and experiences that have come my way. I have met some of the most amazing people that I am confident will be lifelong friends and mentors. 

360: How has your program prepared you for the next steps in your career? 

A: The School of Business curriculum allowed me the opportunity to apply what I have learned in the classroom to real-world situations. The applied learning style of teaching really allows students to take charge of their education. Not to mention, the School of Business faculty come to UIndy with an average of 12 years of industry experience prior to teaching. This allows for meaningful and engaging conversation and networking opportunities. I have been able to enter interviews with numerous talking points as to what I have done in college – working, interning, volunteering, etc. as opposed to just what I have read in college. 

360:Do you have any faculty mentors? If so, who are they and how have they helped you? 

A: I love the connections I have been able to establish at UIndy! First and foremost, Dr. Jerry Flatto has been a significant part of my journey. He has challenged me in my coursework and has provided copious amounts of guidance and effort working with me on my Honors project. Dr. Matt Will has also played a significant role in my time at UIndy. As a mentor and boss, he has developed my communication and leadership skills tremendously. I would be remiss if I also did not mention Jeremiah Gibbs and Kirk Bryans and their mentorship. Jeremiah played a foundational role in helping me grow in my faith at UIndy and I am forever grateful for his impact on my life. As a career mentor, Kirk talked me “off a cliff” more times than I can count and always offered challenging advice and a listening ear. 

360: Have you been involved in any extracurricular activities? (athletics, RSOs, volunteer work, etc.) How have those experiences impacted your time at UIndy?

A: At UIndy, I have been a member of Student Business Leadership Academy, where I currently serve as president. This organization has allowed me to learn to manage and encourage people. I have had the opportunity to serve as a mentor to underclassmen as well as build relationships with my peers. SBLA has significantly increased my network through managing and attending events. I have also served as a Chapel Steward of Community where I led small groups centered around faith. These groups have entailed a variety of things – book clubs, dinner outings, volunteering, etc. and have allowed me to grow in my faith and encouraging others to do the same. Going along with this, I have consistently attending chapel and been a part of campus ministries since my freshman year. I am thankful for UIndy for helping me strengthen my faith through speaking opportunities, high school camps, RSO meetings, and faith-centered events. 

360: Have you done any internships, and if so, where were they? What skills did you gain? 

A: During my time at UIndy, I have had the opportunity to work for the School of Business as a Student Recruitment Manager. This experience has been full of learning and growing, both personally and professionally. I have managed events, planned and traveled to conferences to recruit high schoolers, facilitated meetings, and implemented strategic initiatives. Each of these experiences has pushed my leadership capabilities and challenged me to get out of my comfort zone. I had a unique internship with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May of 2019 during race weekend. This internship challenged my people skills and allowed me to further my network with other Indiana college students. Also, in June of 2020, I received a virtual internship with MJ Insurance in Carmel, IN. At MJ, I worked as an Analytics Intern and was able to enhance my technical and interpersonal skills. I was asked to stay part-time at MJ, following my internship as I finished out my senior year. 

360: What would you like to do following graduation? What are your long-term career goals? 

A: After graduating in May, I will be starting a two-year program with the Orr Fellowship. I was offered a fellowship position with Offprem Technology where I will work as a Solutions Architect. I am so excited to begin working full-time and cannot wait to see what the next steps in my career journey will be. Long-term I am hopeful to consult with businesses and help them implement and integrate analytic strategies into their operations.

360: And finally, what’s your favorite thing about UIndy? 

A: The small campus feel is one of my favorite parts; it has truly come to feel like home. I love that I can get wherever I need to in 5-10 minutes and there are so many familiar faces. Not to mention, the campus is gorgeous, especially at sunset. UIndy is also really close to downtown Indy, making campus feel like an island in the city. 

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