In the days leading up to the IUPUI Top 100 Outstanding Students Recognition Dinner, we will be featuring the Kelley students who have been named among IUPUI’s Top 100 students in 2019.
What has been your favorite experience so far at Kelley?
Allex: My favorite experience in Kelley thus far has probably been my study abroad trip to China in May 2017. The class leading up to it, which was taught by Professor Zheng, was so impactful. It sparked my interest in traveling the world and seeing a new culture. The trip itself was one I will never forget! Climbing the Great Wall of China, visiting many multinational companies and being immersed in the Chinese culture was like something out of a story. It would not have been possible to experience without the help of the Honors College Study Abroad stipend and the timeline the trip was scheduled for. Kelley wants its students to see and learn more about the world so that we can continue to transform it once we graduate. With that learning opportunity, my eyes and spirit have been opened to a whole new perspective of thought which I am eager to take on.
What has been your favorite class and why?
My capstone simulation course (J411) is probably my favorite thus far because it is a major step-up from I-Core and involves combining research and development, marketing, production, human resources, finance and total quality management systems into a functional business. It feels like we are in the real world running a company from all facets possible and having competitors to compete against to be the best of the best. It makes us apply the knowledge we have learned in all four years of Kelley, such as utilizing effective leadership and teamwork abilities, using technical ‘major’ skills such as customer satisfaction and forecasting and creating a well-designed strategy that also can be adapted when situations change. It has been really fun to work with my team and compete against other teams in this simulation, so we at the Kelley School at IUPUI go above and beyond preparing students for the real world. That is something I love most about this class is it sets me and my classmates apart from the rest to be viewed as the best.
If you had to pick one professor who has impacted you the most while at Kelley, who would it be?
Professor Jim Flynn has been a great mentor to me, ever since I had his Herman B. Wells Leadership Seminar class in the fall semester of my senior year. He was very engaging, always had a story to tell and really made the students think about new perspectives when it came to leading and motivating others. He is a very busy person but puts forth the effort to help me reach my greatest potential in more than just the classroom setting. He has been helping me prepare for my future through networking connections he knows can help me, adapting my professional skills to stand out amongst the best and creating conversational pieces that highlight my competitive attributes to discuss with others. It has been really amazing to have a connection with a professor who is very open to learning and helping others become an even better version of themselves, and I appreciate all Professor Flynn has done for me in such a short amount of time at the Kelley School at IUPUI.
Where do you see yourself after you graduate?
After graduation I have plans lined up to work an internship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) as a summer marketing associate in their health plan segment. This is a great opportunity to work with some of the best and brightest in this field at a world-renowned organization, and I am looking forward to applying my Kelley knowledge to this business. My long-term plans are to learn and advance in the area of health administration, so I can help to continue to improve the healthcare industry.
Favorite activity/extracurricular activity that you have been involved in while at Kelley?
I am beyond blessed to represent IUPUI and the Kelley School through division one athletics. Being a part of a very successful and hard-working basketball team at IUPUI and a rigorous academic program means learning how to balance academic and athletic responsibilities well. It has been a challenge to balance, but having great teammates, classmates and professors made the difference in my athletic and academic performance.
What is your advice to current Kelley students?
My advice to current Kelley students is to not lose faith in who you are and not lose the vision you have for yourself. You will feel like classes are impossible, professors are critical or outside circumstances are weighted, but that does not define who you are as a student, as a person or as a member of society. Remain strong in your faith and who you see yourself becoming because you are capable of great things! You need to believe that and see that in yourself, otherwise you would not be in Kelley in the first place! So, have faith that the process will transform you into a far better version of yourself than you envisioned. That is what we do here at Kelley: go above and beyond our visions and expectations.
What is your Kelley moment?
My Kelley moment is being selected for Top 100 in both my junior and senior years. It is an accomplishment in itself to represent the Kelley School at IUPUI once but to be honored a second time is beyond amazing. The Kelley School has pushed me to become a far better version of myself and step outside of my comfort zone to learn how to be a better business woman and leader for the future. It is this moment that has given me the momentum to find success in other avenues of life.