Jelani I

Academic Area:
Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences

Columbia, Maryland

Undergraduate Institution:
Wake Forest University

What degree are you working toward?
I am working towards a PhD in Sociology.

Why did you choose graduate school at IU Bloomington?
I chose it because my program has an extensive track record with producing productive and successful students. I knew that if I could make it through the rigors of this program, that I would be able weather the myriad of challenges that would arise once I left Bloomington.

What’s been your favorite academic accomplishment since you’ve been here?
My favorite accomplishment has been witnessing consistent improvements with my ability to write for the social sciences; given that I majored in English in college, the way that I was trained to write is considerably different from my current writing training. Now, I can write comfortably to different audiences, which is a skill that I believe will help to serve me as my career progresses.

What do you enjoy most about life in Bloomington?
I enjoy the cheap rent! (as compared to other places) I enjoy the different restaurants it has to offer and its proximity to other cities such as Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Louisville. If you have an open mind and are willing to explore, you will find that Bloomington has something that can appeal to your interests and tastes.

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