KOKOMO, Ind. – Olivia Williford’s goal was to graduate with an English degree. What she didn’t expect to gain was the community she left with and the self-confidence to take the shot.
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Transcript – The Zoom Chair – Olivia Williford
Olivia Williford is interviewed on Zoom. She sits in her house on a rainy day looking directly at the camera. Soft, upbeat music plays in the background.
The Zoom Chair logo appears on the screen throughout the video, but at the beginning you see her name on the screen as “Olivia Williford ’20, an English graduate.”
As the interview begins you hear a sound effect indicating a graphic asking you to subscribe to IUKokomo on YouTube.
Olivia begins speaking.
“Going to IU Kokomo was probably the best choice that I could have made.
When pursuing a college career, I didn't understand what they meant when they when they said that it was more like a community rather than a college.
Because everybody is so friendly and they genuinely want you to succeed and do well. And the faculty care about their students. And there are just so many opportunities that you can have at IU.
I feel like IU really encouraged me to think outside of the box and to help build up my skills so that I understand how I can improve myself continuously, how I can keep on learning, and how I can use the skills that I learn and the things that I've experience to give myself that extra boost.
Dr. Cook talked a lot about how usually when you're applying for jobs you only apply for the things that you think that you're totally qualified for. But really you just need to shoot your shot and put yourself out there because maybe the position and the people don't know exactly what they need until they meet you.
I would absolutely go back. I would feel completely comfortable. Because I know that IU genuinely cares about their people. IU Kokomo is the best. Full disclosure.
My name is Olivia Williford. I just graduated with a BA in writing, editing, and media, an English bachelor's degree.
The video ends with a graphic animation that reads #IUKSTRONG and then the IU Kokomo logo appears with iuk.edu below it.