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The Hoosier Family

My name is Jill Silverman; my husband’s name is Mickey and we have two daughters, Jenna and Sydney.

We live in Boca Raton, Florida and a few years ago, we were in the same position that you are now: our oldest daughter was college bound and trying to decide which college was the “right fit.”  Helping her decide which school was the best choice wasn't easy. But, we all survived and her decision to attend Indiana University has been a life changing experience.

Since Jenna was our first daughter to attend college, she applied to a lot of universities and, happily, she had many schools to choose from. This is when our travels began. We started in Florida—traveling by car and by plane—and began our search for the “right” school. My husband and I came to the conclusion that since this was going to be an investment in our daughter’s future, we should start looking outside the sunshine state that we love so much. This decision brought us to IU.


It was the middle of October 2009 when we took a non-stop flight from Fort Lauderdale to the Indianapolis airport (which was, to my surprise, very easy to get to) and then drove to Bloomington. It was a beautiful, crisp fall day. It was evident we were getting close to the IU campus when we saw signs of what it meant to be a Hoosier everywhere around us. I noticed we were all smiling in the car.

Once we arrived on campus, I will never forget how nice everyone was to my family and, especially, Jenna as we walked into the warm and friendly admissions office. Remember, we had been to several admissions offices before this visit, and IU’s stood out in our minds (and still does even today). “Was it the friendliness of the mid-west,” I asked my husband and my girls? We were also in awe of the beauty of the campus. The students were nice, and everyone in the residence hall we visited was helpful, letting us take peeks at their rooms, cafeteria, and study lounge.

Fast forward…Jenna is now in her senior year, living in the house of her "dream sorority," and has found her home away from home. I'm also happy to report that she has made IU's academic honors list for the second year in a row. Jenna is majoring in journalism and minoring in psychology, working hard in school, serving as an officer in her sorority, and still meeting new people. I would say her world opened up and has gotten much bigger and more fulfilling because of IU.

As I said in the beginning, making the decision to attend IU has been life changing for our daughter. She has made friends from all over the country: Chicago, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Michigan, California, Florida, and Indiana, of course! Giving our daughter the opportunity to go to IU has opened up so many doors and avenues that she would have never traveled.

We are forever grateful and so happy to be a Hoosier family. Our daughter’s college choice evolved slowly but the process will stay in our hearts always. I wish you the best as your own son or daughter embarks on this same journey.