I am in my second year of school here at Indiana University. I am from Bloomington, Indiana, and graduated from Bloomington High School North in 2004. I am majoring in history, concentrating on American history. I am interested in cultural studies as well as the history of medicine.
Currently, I am the acting president of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society. I am also involved with IU Y’ALL (Youth Advocating Leadership and Learning), a group committed to three years of rebuilding efforts on the Gulf Coast. I am one of the planners for the trips and love helping others. I am also a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, an honor society, as well as INPIRG. I work for the Animal Behavior Society, an internationally renowned journal sponsored by IU, as a clerical assistant. During the summer, I work as an advising assistant during Freshman Orientation. In my spare time, I enjoy music, reading, and playing drums.
I enjoy the history program at IU. Some of my favorite classes include Epidemics in History (Professor Carmichael), Elvis and Postwar America (Professor Bodnar), Revolutionary America (Professor Knott), and The Black Death (Professor Carmichael). I believe that any class is worthwhile, and enjoy the classes as well as the reading. This is a comprehensive program that covers a wide variety of interests. One can find a class on just about anything that would be interesting.
In addition to history, I also enjoy English, German, and other courses. I hope to go on to graduate school and eventually teach someday. First, however, I would like to go to Africa in order to work with Nyaka AIDS Orphans School, which is a school my mom has been working with for the past couple of years. I would like to go over there to teach and help raise awareness about AIDS treatment and prevention.