Indiana University Kokomo

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KOKOMO, IN – At first glance, senior basketball player Spencer Krhin may seem all about sports. But after peeling back the layers, people will see that Krhin's ambitions reach far beyond the court.

IU Kokomo Cougars vs Indiana Dabney UniversitySpencer Krhin soars for a score.

"I want incoming students to see they can achieve anything they put their mind to, as long as they are willing to dedicate themselves to the cause and work hard for it," said Krhin, 22, of La Fontaine. "I have made the best of my situation and have prospered. I can't think of anything more rewarding than to be an inspiration to somebody."

If not in class, he is studying, playing basketball, or working one of his two jobs. With goals to attend graduate school and open his own private practice for psychology, he does not plan on slowing down.

To prepare himself for his future, Krhin is a member of a psychology research team on campus. In addition, he plans to pursue a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) at IU Kokomo, and then further his education by earning a doctorate.

Rosalyn Davis, clinical assistant professor of psychology, knows that Krhin has all the right qualities to reach his dreams.

"Spencer is successful because he genuinely cares about what he is learning," said Davis. "He is open to being wrong. Even when he was traveling with the team, he went above and beyond to stay on top of his work."

As graduation draws near, Krhin said he would miss IU Kokomo for the communal atmosphere, the small class sizes, and his teammates, who have been like brothers.

Teammate Aaron Knupp appreciates Krhin for his guidance and determination.

"Spencer brings great leadership both on and off the court," Knupp said. "He is ready for any challenge that comes his way."

Krhin acknowledges, however, that he didn't reach this point in life on his own.

"I feel like I owe all of my achievements to my grandmother," he said. "She taught me to work hard for everything and make the best of every situation."

Story written by Alexis Nash. Alexis is an intern in the Office of Media and Marketing.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.