If you ask Jasmine what initially attracted her to IU, she’ll tell you Hoosier hospitality. But it’s the well-rounded education and unique learning opportunities that make her IU experience unrivaled.
One of her standout experiences was the Washington Leadership Program, which allowed her to complete an internship in Washington, D.C. At IU, she also tries to participate in some kind of club activity every day, has served as a peer advocate, and is a tour guide.
All her experiences have helped her learn who she is and what she is capable of: “I’m going to look back on my life and know IU shaped who I am as a person.”
Although it was the familiarity of IU that initially attracted Ricardo, he quickly made the connections and found the opportunities that have allowed him to thrive and excel.
“I feel that IU sets me up for success because there are so many helpful options.” Regardless of the questions he has, Ricardo has found many people who are willing to step up and help, from professors to advisors to mentors. It was his mentor, in fact, who helped him land an internship at PwC.
Ricardo has also used his time at IU to travel to India and volunteer at a local elementary school. It’s through these activities—and the connections he’s made—that he’s made a large school feel small.
A lot has changed since Ethan came here, for him and for IU. He was lonely at first, but soon he discovered a cause that helped him find a community: advocating for students who, like him, are transgender.
Ethan’s recommendations led to the creation of the Transgender Advocacy Group and better IU policies. He’s also a resident assistant, and he attended a regional conference for GLBT student leaders. And he’s developing a resource sheet for transgender IU students.
“Starting off my first year, I felt like I was alone in this giant institution,” Ethan says. “But I became so connected to so many amazing people who are doing wonderful things.”
“I love making people laugh,” Rob says. “There’s a quote I love, by Victor Borge: ‘Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.’”
Rob has brought a lot of people together. He’s performed stand-up more than 20 times here. He’s also recruited students to IU and welcomed new students to campus as an orientation leader. “I want to be a support system for other minorities that come here,” says Rob, a first-generation student.
He may go to law school, pursue a comedy career, or both. Whatever he does, he’ll do it with a smile—and make others smile, too.
Xander chose IU for its options. It’s a good thing, since he started as a chemistry major. Now he’s fascinated with how groups like the GLBT community, women, and racial minorities are depicted in media—a topic he explores as a columnist for the Indiana Daily Student.
Through friends, he got involved with GLBT Student Support Services and WIUX, the student radio station. At WIUX, he’s risen to the position of production director and has a show where he plays film, theater, and TV soundtracks.
“There’s such a diverse array of things you can do at IU,” Xander says, “and so many different ways you can find them.”