A Cox Legacy Scholar and the first in his family to attend college, Jared Wagner was happy to jump into university life at IU Bloomington because it gave him the chance to meet other students from diverse backgrounds and majors.
Wagner, a student in the School of Global and International Studies, joined the Scholarship Advisory Committee and volunteered as part of the IU Peer Mentoring Scholars Program, through which IU students work with children at Fairview Elementary School.
As a Cox Legacy Scholar, Wagner also works on campus to earn 25 percent of the cost of his attendance. During both semesters of his freshman year, he worked as a barista at the Indiana Memorial Union. He also spent the spring semester working in the Office of Scholarships, a position he will continue into sophomore year.
This summer, Wagner is working as an orientation leader for the First Year Experience program, where he can help guide and comfort nervous new students who are in the position he was just in last year.
Heading into the fall 2015 semester, Wagner will serve as a resident assistant in Spruce Hall. He’ll continue working in the Office of Scholarships, a job he has come to love. “In my opinion, if you love your work, you’re getting paid for a hobby you enjoy.”