Two hundred and five days. That’s how long the IUPUI’s class of 2019 has until graduation. Throughout our school experiences, we’ve all been faced with a multitude of decisions:
Do I want to play sports? Should I take choir, band, orchestra or art? What’s my major going to be? Where will I go to college?
The list could go on and on, but today I want to focus on my decision to attend IUPUI. I’ll come right on out and say it: IUPUI is not where I thought I would end up.
Let’s flashback to three years ago. I was a senior at Southport High School, which is about 10 miles south of IUPUI. Since I had started high school in 2012, I had started at midfield on the varsity soccer team, and I wanted to continue my soccer career in college. Sports have always been an integral part of my life. Basketball, softball, track and soccer all played a part in shaping who I was, and I wasn’t ready to give that up.
Every college I had scouted out and that had scouted me was outside of Indiana. I had no desire to stay in this state after graduation, and frankly, I wasn’t good enough to earn a soccer scholarship at any of the schools in Indy. After about a year of college visits, I had landed on Greenville College, a small Christian school in the middle of nowhere Illinois. The school is small, and there really isn’t very much to do around it. But, I didn’t care. It wasn’t Indiana.
Except, my plans were foiled just a few games into my senior season. In the game against our rival, Perry Meridian, I snapped the tendons and ligaments in my dominant ankle. My season was over and so was my soccer career. Months of pain management, physical therapy and eventually, surgery followed my injury.
As it turns out, the injury was a blessing in disguise. Because of my physical therapy and follow-up appointments, I thought it would be better to stay close to home. I told myself, “IUPUI won’t be terrible for just one year.” But after just a few weeks of classes, I fell in love. I fell in love with the people, the campus and the opportunities I had being so close to downtown.
Looking back now, I wouldn’t have changed anything. IUPUI is where I met my best friend. It’s where my faith in Jesus was challenged and reaffirmed. It’s where I’ve made connections and build relationships with professors, advisors and coworkers who have inspired me to become the best professional I can be.
From the start of my college career, I knew journalism and public relations was the career I wanted to pursue. Little did I know, I would be blessed with professors who established reputations as experts in their field. These professors have supported me and encouraged me in opportunity I’ve dream of of have chosen to pursue. Without them, I wouldn’t be as confident as I prepare to enter the workforce in a mere 205 days. Without their encouragement and support, I probably wouldn’t have landed an internship with Eli Lilly this past summer.
My life isn’t what I thought it would be three years ago, and thank God it isn’t. I ended up right where I was supposed to: Surrounded my people who are invested in my success in a place where I can achieve my dreams.