For me, the most memorable moments from my childhood were playing outside with my friends and neighbors. I used to love to get home and not be running errands just so I could be outside. I was always athletic and involved in sports. I would say I’ve played every sport at least once, just to give them a try. Tennis, golf, soccer, basketball, football ... I can’t even remember what else. I didn’t play competitively until middle school, when I started playing basketball all the time.
The first time my school ever won a basketball sectional championship was my junior year of high school. My senior year we won sectionals again ... but we lost in regionals. (Of course, my freshman year here at IU they ended up winning state. I am still kind of jealous about that, but good for them.)
Another big part of my childhood was my family—they mean a lot to me.
My mom has always inspired me the most because she has always been the one to push me academically. I've always looked up to her because she has been in higher education since I can remember. She works for specifically IU Medical School on IUPUI’s campus.
My dad always pushed me in sports. In elementary school, my dad was always the coach of every sport I played. It was just more fun when my dad was the coach since I wasn’t competing or getting yelled at too much. Since he lived in Bloomington, he would come up on the weekends just to coach the big games and matches. Having my dad come to teach me how to be better at whatever sport I was enjoying was like the highlight of that week during childhood.
Choosing IU made sense to me because of my passion and family. I can study athletics and be doing something I love while also staying close to my home in Indianapolis and my dad’s family in Bloomington. I am making Bloomington my home by making IU my home. I’d say my IU family really stems from starting out with the Groups Scholars Program, G16. We were together every day, same classes, same events. And my first family stuck together: we still have our group messages and get-togethers. We still look out for each other, and that’s something I knew I needed here.