My name is Neha Bhasin, and my hometown is New Delhi, India.
I always knew I wanted to come to the United States for college. When I was younger, we lived in Stevensville, Michigan—a smaller town not unlike Bloomington—and I loved it there. That small-town feel is part of what helped me choose IU. I really liked the idea of being at a really big school in a really small city, and Bloomington represents the best of both worlds.
The other draw was the Kelley School of Business, where I'm currently majoring in marketing. I've always been a people person who loves communicating and learning more about how products and services impact people's lives, and a marketing focus will help me do that in the future. That said, I'm also really interested in journalism and public relations, so I'm taking a couple classes in the Media School. It's amazing to have so many different opportunities to learn and explore!
Outside of class, I'm involved in McNutt student government and Social Enterprise and Engagement at Kelley. SEEK is really cool because they have a ton of different initiatives, so it's like every club you want in one. Even though I'm primarily interested in marketing, it always helps to have experience in other aspects of business like consulting and branding.
One thing I continue to love about IU—whether I'm studying in the Arboretum or in my residence hall—is the diversity. I've made friends from as far away as Russia. I've also been able to connect with other Indian students on campus, which has helped me feel more at home. One of the highlights was the Diwali celebration organized by the Indian Student Association. The Indiana Memorial Union was so vibrant and colorful—it was just like New Delhi. It also inspired me to get more involved with the Indian groups on campus.
Needless to say, my first few months have been busy, but I'm looking forward to getting more involved both on and off campus. I want to connect with more people and find ways to help the community because, in the end, I'm not just here to get a degree. I'm also here to grow.