Student Profile: Ian White
While a student at IU and after working in the Asian Culture Center for three years, Ian White is graduating in December with a degree in public health. He describes his feelings of graduation as bitter sweet, as IU has provided an indescribable number of wonderful memories.
From Huntington, Indiana, White was adopted at seven months old from Kolkata, India. He said there are no ties to his biological parents and he has mixed feelings about the possibility of ever meeting them. However, having only traveled within North America, he said he would like to visit India one day and experience the culture he came from.
As early as he can remember, White’s family have been proud fans of IU, so much so, that as a senior in high school, it was the only university he applied to. He was ecstatic when he was accepted, and describes his freshman move-in day as one of the most unforgettable days of his life.
White said that as a student he had been quite indecisive and switched his major six times. He said his major would change when he’d take a course that was so enjoyable it changed his interests. Fortunately, with his interests remaining in the science field, he is able to graduate in nine semesters.
White stumbled upon working for the ACC by responding to an ad posted on OneStart. He had been looking for a job and was hoping for a unique one preferably on campus so that he could stay connected to the school. He said his favorite event that he helped plan was last year’s “Holi Festival,” where more than double the number of students from the previous year turned out for the color fight.
White’s advice to underclassmen is to become as involved as you can. He said there are many extra-curricular options available here that you won’t find in many other schools and that IU students should take advantage of being at a Big Ten School and all the cultural activities that surround it. His most memorable moments at IU were his involvement with the Culture Fest and Little 500. He said students have to step out of their comfort zone and try out things to discover new interests.
After graduation, White plans on interning at a free dental health care clinic in Fort Wayne serving low income families. With his major field of interest in orthodontics, he plans to apply for dental hygiene at IUPUI. He said his dream job is to become an oral surgeon, but he does not limit himself to it. He said he has learned from college that one must be flexible and take advantage of the opportunities offered to you and learn from those experiences.