Tomika F

Academic Area:
Higher Education and Student Affairs , School of Education

Appomattox, VA (Where the Civil War ended.)

Undergraduate Institution:
The University of Virginia

Research Interests:
I am interested in the recruitment and retention of low-income, underrepresented students in post-secondary education, funding concerns within higher education, and student-athlete identity development.

The Best Thing About Being a Graduate Student at IUB:
I believe there is ample opportunity to create a personalized experience as a graduate student. There are plenty of ways to construct an experience as a graduate student that includes teaching, research, and service to prepare me for a successful career in academia.

Insider tip about living in Bloomington:
Living in Bloomington is what you make of it. Learn where the “traditional” spots are to eat at and sight see, but also take some time to uncover places that are not often talked about. There is something for everyone here, just get out, walk, and discover!

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Activities for Parents

I have a young daughter. Being in Bloomington has afforded me the opportunity to start her life in a fairly safe, comfortable place. There are so many activities for parents and children. Here are a few to consider:

1.  Parks

There are many parks in take children to especially when the weather is in your favor! My favor is Bryant Park because there are three different play grounds, a walking area that is .8 miles for me to exercise, and wonderful landscaping for picnics and friends.  For more information about parks in Bloomington visit:

2.  Wonderlab

This is a small gem in this town! Wonderlab is an interactive science lab/museum for children as young as 1 year old to 100. Honestly, it is one of my favorite places to visit as an adult.  WonderLab encourages children to interact with the world around them using various elements, equipment, and creativity.  For more information, please visit:

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