My family is an IU family. My mom graduated from here, and my two older sisters are in school here. When I was deciding on college, I didn't want to just follow suit—I applied to 12 schools, with some even as far away as California. But in the end, I chose IU. To me, it just felt too much like home.
One of my earliest memories of coming to IU was a time my sister brought me to the campus to show me around. I remember the red and white flowers and the Herman B Wells statue. She brought me to Collins, which is where I decided to live this year. It has been the best decision I've made about IU so far. There are so many interesting opportunities here. I'm involved in a photography workshop, and I often go to the ceramics studio to make pottery with friends. I'm also a part of an environmental and sustainability initiative called E-Force, where we brainstorm projects for making a sustainable impact at Collins and campus-wide. Sometimes I go to Edmonson Formal lounge with a group of friends to talk and Snapchat. What's cool about Collins is that I can go to Edmonson at any time of the day and I'll have friends to hang out with there.
When I first came here, I was so surprised by the number of resources available to students. I have already become a part of so many communities on campus. I've been involved in IU Dance Marathon; the Scholarship Advisory Committee; Community Plunge; the Beekeeping Club, and Cru, which is an on-campus Christian ministry.
I've quickly been able to meet people who make IU feel even more like home for me. I have never been a homebody. I lived in the same house my entire life in Zionsville, Indiana, but even so, it has been easy to adjust to life on my own because I am a person who loves to go out and travel.
During my junior year in high school I traveled to some caves with my family, which I believe really sparked my interest in geology. I kind of picked the major randomly, but it has really worked out so far. Last semester, my favorite class was an intro-level course called "Geology of State and National Parks," where we went to McCormick's Creek State Park to explore the caves. I can really see myself becoming a park ranger and working for the national park system after I graduate.
Right now, I just want to travel and see the world, starting with all the different states in America. I have a map in my dorm where I highlight in green all of the places I'd like to go first. Most of them are actually state parks. I am really excited for all of the tools IU will provide me to get me to these places.