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?
Karen: My favorite experience with Kelley would still have to be the "Introduction to Business" trip experience. Professor Bob Grimm took his honors section on a trip to Louisville and Cincinnati to visit the headquarters of various companies. It was one of the most exciting trips I have ever been on because not only was I able to learn more about what career path I wanted to choose, but I also got to grow with my fellow classmates and make friendships that will last a lifetime.
What has been your favorite class and why?
I absolutely loved my Effective Negotiations class. Professor Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow was incredible. It was a week-long class, from 8AM – 5PM for five days. I was dreading it, because I thought it would be drawn out and boring. Professor Westerhaus-Renfrow made each hour fun and exciting, and I learned so much in the short time period.
If you had to pick one professor who has impacted you the most while at Kelley, who would it be?
Judith Wright. She was the first person to nominate me for Top 100 three years ago. Without her, I would not be where I am now.
Where do you see yourself after you graduate?
I am actually moving to South Korea after I graduate! Once August arrives, I will be teaching English as a Foreign Language to students in Korea. Moving to the Land of the Morning Calm has been a dream of mine since I was 12 years old and being able to accomplish such a big goal of mine is incredible. Once I work as a teacher for a year, I am hoping to apply to work for Samsung!
Favorite activity/extracurricular activity that you have been involved in while at Kelley?
Women in Business
What is your advice to current Kelley students?
Do not worry about your future career. So many of my friends (myself included) would stress about our future jobs and not being able to sustain ourselves. But I want everyone to know that it is okay if you are not sure what you want to do just yet! Follow your dreams, work hard, and all will work out in the end.
What is your Kelley moment?
My Kelley moment actually occurred when I was on an Alternative Spring Break in Trinidad and Tobago. We went to Trinidad to help the northeast city Toco, to develop an ecotourism plan and learn about marine preservation/aquatic environments. On our last full day of the trip, we met with St. David Development and Empowerment Organization (SDEDO) to work on these issues of eco-tourism. It was the first time that I was really able to apply all what I had been learning in my business courses to create a strategic plan. I was excited to continue on with my education in Kelley, so that I could help contribute to solving real world issues such as the one in Trinidad.