CLASS OF 2014: Kelli

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When I graduated high school, I could not have been more ready to start the next chapter of my life in beautiful Bloomington at Indiana University. However, now as this chapter is ending, I’m not as ready as I’d liked to be.

When I first visited IU, I took a tour of the Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. During that tour, I learned about a course entitled “In The Footsteps of Ernie Pyle,” which was comprised of a semester-long course and nine days spent traveling through London, Normandy and Paris over our spring break. Besides a family vacation to Mexico, I had never been out of the country, but I’d always wanted to go to Europe. This course opportunity sold me on IU, and during my sophomore year I had the opportunity to take it.

I discovered that I loved traveling. The idea of quickly packing your belongings and hoping on a plane without knowing anyone is an adrenaline rush that I’ve come to treasure. That first study abroad trip got my adventure-juices flowing, and I spent the next spring break in Tokyo and Hiroshima, the following summer interning at Snap Fashion in London and my final fall semester studying in Florence, Italy.

During that first tour I also visited the newsroom of the Indiana Daily Student. I had every intention of writing for the IDS while in college, but hard news writing never captured my interest. Instead I spent my sophomore and junior year working as a Resident Assistant at Eigenmann Residence Center. I discovered another passion: helping people. In those two years I realized that being a resource and being that person that someone could turn to for help was more rewarding than anything else I’d ever done.

During the spring semester of my junior year I decided it was time to get some kind of journalism experience under my belt, so I started writing for CollegeFashionista. I continued to write for CollegeFashionista the following summer in London and loved the opportunity to explore British fashion. This spring I changed paths a bit and became an editor, and thank goodness I did. I really liked writing for CollegeFashionista, but similarly to my time as an RA, I have loved watching the Style Gurus whose posts I edit improve and strengthen their writing and photography skills. Even though I’m not sure of my next step post-grad, I now know that I’d really enjoy the opportunity to continue editing.

Here’s to hoping the next four years are as meaningful and wonderful as these past four years. Best of luck to all my fellow graduates!

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