The “Perfect” School - My Philanthropic Autobiography
I spent much of my high school career researching colleges and universities. My mom and I traveled to well over 10 different colleges and universities in 4 different states trying to find the “perfect” school for me. By the end of my junior year of high school I had finally found the ideal school, or so I thought. The school was small, environmentally friendly, new, beautiful, diverse, and just happened to be located 1,000 miles away from home. Everyone at my small high school knew that I was going away to school and it was a huge deal because the majority of my classmates were going to in state schools. I traveled to the school multiple times for orientations, to meet my roommates, and to make sure it was the “perfect” school for me. Early May of my senior year of high school, right before graduation, I woke up with a feeling in my gut that this was not the right decision. I couldn’t really explain why I was feeling this way, but I tend to trust my gut, so I just went with it. It was very difficult for me to tell my family and friends that I wasn’t going to my dream school any more and that it was my own unexplainable decision.
Since I didn’t have much time to make a decision, I decided to go to the school that my two best friends were going to. It is very unlike me to choose a school that my friends were going to, but I was comfortable with the area, and quite excited to live in Indianapolis. So I chose to go to IUPUI, even though it didn’t quite seem “perfect.” Since beginning my journey at IUPUI last Spring, I’ve had some time to experience a few different introduction courses such as Social Work, Sociology, and Psychology. I really enjoyed Social Work but I wasn’t set o...
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...sed with, and very generous with my time and skills. Growing up in a small town, it was easy yet difficult to be involved in my community. There wasn’t much of a need for volunteers like there is in a metropolitan area such as Indianapolis. We really didn’t have any homeless people and most volunteer opportunities were small. I was very involved in clubs, Relay for Life, and Meals of Wheels which delivered food to older residents of our town who were unable to get out. So, I have had a feel volunteer experiences growing up, but I think my main reason for wanting to help people is just due to my nature. With my Philanthropy Studies degree, I am not yet sure of what I will do. But I know that all of those important parts of a career that I wish to have will be covered with whatever path I take, after achieving the skills and knowledge that I will over the next 4 years.
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