KOKOMO, Ind. - Hannah Bourne was a double major in communication and history and political science. As she moves on to graduate school, she takes time to reflect on her amazing experiences here and the relationships she built with caring faculty.
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Hannah Bourne is a graduate who double majored in communication and in history and political science. Here she participates in an interview through the web application, Zoom, in her home.
Hannah begins speaking.
I really am shocked when I look back at my college career for the past five years. I came to school out of high school just having no clue what I wanted in life and I didn't want to go to a big school because I was scared of that experience. I was home-schooled for many many years and that was a big benefit to me in many ways just for the way that I learned. And I loved being homeschooled but then I've never been, sort of, out and away from home and so I didn't know what to expect I didn't know what I wanted to do.
I didn't want to spend a bunch of money at a school kind of bouncing around from degree to degree, so I came to IUK because it was close to home I could still live with my parents. And I could just get my experience, dip my toes in, get my gen ed's done, and then I was sure, like once I have a better handle on what I wanted, I'd leave and I'd go somewhere else.
And on the way, and I just had no idea where or what, but I just assumed that there's no way I would stay in Kokomo. And then I realized that everything I needed to do what I wanted to do was at IU Kokomo. And so why leave when I had a fantastic support system, that I already talked about, of faculty and staff that were willing to help me. I had a mentor in exactly the field that I was interested in who was willing to put in the time and to pour in the effort to help me learn and to prep me for a grad program.
And so the more that I kind of got into IU Kokomo and found out I don't have to go away to have this rich and wonderful experience, and I can save a whole lot of money doing it, and have hardly need that when I leave, and be better prepared to go move somewhere else for my grad program.
I mean the experience was so rich and so incredible and it was like 25 minutes away from my house. And, so yeah, that was just, it was everything I could have wanted.
Looking back, it's just, it blows my mind at how amazing those years were. And the relationships that were built. And the experiences that were had. And the memories, just wonderful.
Hi, I'm Hannah Bourne. I am Indiana University Kokomo graduate and a double major in history and political science and communication. I am an Indiana University alumna and I hope you'll join me.