Major: Communication Studies, with a Minor in Events Management
What made you want to choose Communication Studies?
In all seriousness, I found the major while exploring the IUPUI website. I knew I wanted to come here but didn’t know what majors were offered. As I was going through the list of majors and saw Communication Studies, my first response was, “Is that really a major?!” Most people know about it, but I had genuinely never even heard of it. I looked through all the classes, and thought they looked so fascinating – that’s why I picked the major. I loved the idea of understanding how communication shapes culture, society, organizations, and families. I also felt like it was broad enough that there were a lot of different directions I could go with it after graduation. Starting out as a freshman, it was difficult to tell whether the major was truly a good fit, but once I got into the higher level, specific classes, like Health Communication, Communication and Conflict, or Restorative Communication it became so meaningful and applicable.
What are you involved in on campus?
Freshman/Sophomore year was when I really got my feet wet and first started getting involved. I was the Volunteer Coordinator for TCN and the Secretary for Campus Coalition against Trafficking. Those were smaller organizations, so it was a great way to get experience working on smaller events, meet people in my major, and begin to identify my passions. That year I was also part of Sam H. Jones First Year Service Scholars, which completely opened my eyes to the importance of community service and understanding the social issues in Indianapolis. Being a part of Sam H. Jones was my favorite part of freshman year. During my Junior year, I continued with Sam H. Jones and became a Community Service Scholar. Through that I interned at Ronald McDonald House, serving with them and helping their volunteer coordinator. That was a key experience in my college journey, because it connected me with my passion for the healthcare industry. That year I was also a Liberal Arts Ambassador, Days of Service Site Leader, and a member of the Student Activities Programming Board (SAPB). Those were all great opportunities to give back to IUPUI and show my school spirit. This year (Senior year) I am the Social Media Coordinator for the IUPUI Regatta and an RA at the Riverwalk Apartments. I tried to be very intentional in what I chose to give my time to this year. I believe it’s important to not spread yourself too thin so you can give fully to what you are involved in.
Post Grad Plans
I’m very passionate about healthcare and hope to pursue a career in that field. I am especially interested in health literacy – helping patients and caregivers understand diagnoses and equipping them to correctly adhere to treatments. I also care greatly about understanding and helping maintain family dynamics when they are disrupted by medical challenges. What my specific career might look like in relation to those things is still unknown, but that’s the general direction I’m headed. It’s most important to me that my career is related to something I’m passionate about. What will get me up in the morning won’t be the job I’m doing, but rather the cause for which I’m doing it.
What was your most enjoyable year?
This year is my most enjoyable, so far. Going into my Senior year, I have this renewed realization of what a blessing it is that I can go to classes to learn. I had an internship this summer with Eli Lilly that exposed me to the challenges patients face and the complex systems within the healthcare industry. So now, coming back to classes, it has been a lot more meaningful because I have a real world experience to reflect upon and connect my education to. As geeky as it may sound, I love college because I love to learn, so this year has been enjoyable because my education has become more impactful.
What advice do you have for underclassmen?
It’s okay to make your academics top priority. Once you have that established as a priority, the other things can fall into place. It’s so much easier to be a better friend and involved student when you have proactively eliminated (as best as you can) the stress of your grades. Also, if you’re a “no person,” learn to be a “yes person,” and vice versa. Find a balance in your involvement. It’s important to give back while also knowing you can’t be everything to everyone.
How do you spend your free time?
I never used to watch TV until I met my husband, and now he’s gotten me into all these Netflix shows. My favorite shows are The Office and Parks and Rec, but currently we’re watching Alias. On a more altruistic note, I’m also a total volunteer junkie. I’ll see a festival or event and I’ll just have to volunteer for it. It’s a great way to get behind-the-scenes and to know different people and causes. Plus, I normally get a free t-shirt.
How do you manage your time?
I have a very consistent system. Every Sunday night I write down everything I have to do in all my classes for the week on one page. That way I can see everything that needs to be done in one place. I also color coordinate my calendar so commitments and deadlines don’t blend together. It really helps me stay organized. Even if I don’t get everything done right away, having it written down sets my mind at ease so I don’t have to feel like I’m forgetting something.