Major: Chemistry (PU School of Science) and Spanish (IU School of Liberal Arts)
Tell us about why you chose your major: Originally I wanted to be a doctor, which was my plan going into college, I had it all planned out. Then I started doing a lot of teaching at IUPUI and I really loved it, and also realized I didn’t want to be a doctor. So that lead me more towards teaching, and I’m applying for teaching programs right now – I didn’t have to change my major, just changed what I’m doing with it.
What’s your favorite spot on campus, to study or hang out? Probably the Lecture Hall room 104. Once classes are done for the day that room is just open, and there are TV’s everywhere. So during finals week, me and a couple of buddies would go in there and basically take over – set up Netflix on one screen, and Xbox on the other, PowerPoint’s on different things, and it’s just great for hanging out or studying.
Post Grad plans: I want to be a teacher, preferably high school. I’m currently applying for Teacher for America, and I found out just the other day I got an interview for that in October. I’m also applying for Peace Corps, so I’d be teaching abroad in a different country, which would be great if I could teach in a Spanish speaking country. So I have a couple of different options right now, we’ll see how the semester unfolds.
What are you involved in on campus? I’ve been a part of Greek Life, Spanish Club, Internships, Research, I’ve been a TA, I’ve had several campus jobs, and the list goes on and on.
My Fraternity is Phi Kappa Psi; I got involved in that my freshman year. My RA was in Phi Psi, and my best friend and me really gravitated towards it. I remember when we got accepted – we went and saw a movie with some friends and we got the email and we just started hugging in the middle of the movie theater. So I’ve been involved with that ever since, and it’s been such a great experience.
I’ve been TA for a number of chemistry labs ever since my sophomore year. I was a chemistry recitation leader ever since my sophomore year, so I facilitate C105 recitation. At the time it was just a way to keep fresh on the material, and I had this big fear of public speaking, but it really helped to just get out and do it. So it started out as just a job, but it really became my passion.
When you were younger what was your dream job? I wanted to be a baseball player, which is awful now because I suck at baseball, but every little kid has those dreams. I loved sports as a kid, still do. I played all throughout high school and I play when I can now. When I was younger I loved Mike Piazza. I used to watch him play and he was a big inspiration because I wanted to be a catcher.
What do you do in your free time? I watch Netflix like no other. My friends used to make fun of me because I’d get through a show in about a week – and this is when I’m super involved with everything too. I’m talking about a 6-season show in about a week or two. It’s my way to just relax. I also love to hang out with friends, and explore the city.
What advice would you give to other students? Make your own fun. Find something that you’re passionate about. I mean, it doesn’t seem like teaching chemistry, or putting on the Regatta would be a lot of fun to some people, but the people you meet and the interactions you have are just great experiences. So make your own fun, whether that is getting involved on campus, or finding a job, or exploring downtown… Just get to know the city and you’ll learn to love it – it’s really become a second home to me.