In the days leading up to the IUPUI Top 100 Outstanding Students Recognition Dinner, we will be featuring the Kelley students who were named among IUPUI’s Top 100 students in 2018.
What has been your favorite experience so far at Kelley?
Allex: I cannot pinpoint an exact favorite experience so far at Kelley, but to me, all of the incredible people I have encountered, both students and faculty in this school, have taught me so much. From the abundant amount of fascinating business knowledge to help set myself up for success, to having the opportunity to build relationships that helped me grow as a person, student, friend and future business leader, it has been these experiences with unique and dedicated people that have made me enjoy every Kelley moment.
What has been your favorite class and why?
My favorite Kelley class would ironically be Honors I-Core. Why choose one of the most difficult and mentally stimulating courses to take at Kelley in the Honors section? To me, I-Core was one of the first hands-on business type classes that made me think about the business world in a real-life scenario, not just one from a textbook or lecture. All the professors within I-Core made the information tangible and pertinent to the company we were trying to help. I also am always up for any challenge and am empowered to succeed, and I-Core helped me realize I chose the right career path for me!
If you had to pick one professor who has impacted you the most while at Kelley, who would it be?
The one professor who impacted me the most while at Kelley was Professor Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow, who teaches the Honors I-Core Leadership class, BUS-Z374. She inspired me with her enthusiasm to attack each day with a powerful mindset, no matter what. She also helped me define what kind of leader I wanted to become when it came to the diverse and unique world we live in.
Where do you see yourself after you graduate?
I do not have exact plans yet on post-graduation, as I still have a full year of studies left, but I do know this: Adventure is out there, and I must be open to exploring it! I have always been open to new ventures, so I would love to find a company that would help grow my mindset and knowledge every single day. A new state would be preferable so I can explore the new state culture! (Cough, cough…Colorado maybe??) I think pursuing my passion to help others and continuing to learn from new people, places and activities will make me the happiest and feel most satisfied after graduation.
Favorite activity/extracurricular activity that you have been involved in while at Kelley?
My favorite activity at Kelley has being a part of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). I was a representative my first two years and my junior year I took over as SAAC President, and it has made such an impact in my life. The group is full of committed student athletes dedicated to helping current and future athletes in academics and athletics. The opportunities to volunteer, host events with Special Olympics, build a voice for the NCAA to hear, and run mentoring programs for our student athletes has been an incredible experience, and I cannot wait to see what other changes can be made.
What is your advice to current Kelley students?
Mountains will come into your life, some more unexpected than others, but never be afraid to take on the challenge of climbing up that mountain. Whether it’s deciding your major within Kelley, trying to survive through I-Core, or feeling like you're struggling with your life in other areas, I can promise that all the hard work and endless hours will bring you the success you deserve. (Additionally, Kelley success is a magnificent feeling!)
What is your Kelley moment?
My Kelley moment was the study abroad trip I took with fellow Kelley classmates to China and Hong Kong in May of 2017. It was by far one of the most eye-opening experiences in my life! People today become so caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but being able to witness the Chinese culture, like the Great Wall of China and Tiananmen Square, as well as the style and language of going about business in China was so very unique as compared to the United States. The experience of exploring a new country, even one on the other side of the world, made me appreciate the opportunities that the Kelley School offers to their students.