I had never been to IU before becoming a student here. I relied on recommendations from counselors and teachers back home in India to guide my decision. Even though it was sort of a leap of faith, I wasn't scared because it had come so highly recommended from others who gave me a clear idea of what IU would be like.
What drew me to IU was the Kelley School of Business. I am still trying to decide if I'd like to major in finance or entrepreneurship. Even back home, I would personally enjoy investing small amounts of my money in stocks and shares. So, for me, I am really interested in learning more about investment management.
In India, my family owns a business, manufacturing garments and edible oils, so I have really seen business all around me since birth. After I graduate, I hope that my education can help push our family business further. And that is also why I decided to minor in apparel merchandising in the School of Art, Architecture, and Design. For me, it is really interesting how there is such a variety of opportunities outside of Kelley that I can pair with my degree. I feel that I can really tailor my degree to what I hope to do in the future.
My favorite class this semester is "C104: Business Presentations." In that class, we do research on companies like Macy's or Rolls-Royce and provide advice to those companies in our presentations to executives from those companies. I couldn't believe that executives from these multi-billion dollar companies came to hear us freshmen.
Right now, I am the freshman representative for the IU Student Foundation, through which I'm helping organize the upcoming Little 500 race. Also, I'm a part of the investment banking club, which I think will be related to a lot of my course work. I am a member at-large of McNutt student government and I also participate in Civic Leadership Development in the Kelley Institute for Social Impact. Besides that, most of my free time is spent hanging out with my floor mates in the Kelley LLC, where I live. Almost all of the students living there are in the Kelley School of Business, so it's nice being surrounded by like-minded people.
When I first came to IU, I was a little concerned about how I might be treated as an international student.
What is surprising is that, everyone who I have talked to has been quite welcoming and has treated me just as though I am another American. Also, I noticed that people here are so willing and ready to help you out—you can just knock on someone's door anytime. The transition to come here was quite easy for me, and I'm looking forward to meeting new people during my time here.