From the Desk of the Provost: June 2016
Dear IU families,
Just four years ago, Grace Boya Shen traveled 7,000 miles from Beijing to Bloomington to attend Indiana University, where she double majored in history and American studies.
During her first weeks on campus, Grace recalls freezing up when someone asked how she was doing, unsure of how to respond in English. When she was shopping or getting coffee, it took her awhile to remember that a chunky nickel was worth less than a slender dime.
Through the support of the IU community and her own self-effort, Grace transformed. She became so involved in activities -- both on and off campus -- that, this past spring, she was selected as IU Bloomington’s 2016 student commencement speaker.