may in indiana*

I grew up 2.5 miles west of Lucas Oil Raceway and 10 miles west of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, famous for the Indy 500! I was never interested in watching cars race in circles, even on the TV. Living so close to the tracks, you knew summer had started when you can hear the race cars practicing. It was a good sound, it reminded you school was almost over and the best weather was approaching. Living in California I lived right next to Highway 5 and the noise was a comfort to me. As I drove downtown today to take my finals I was reminded how much I love Indiana. Speedway was in full bloom with spectators camping out. The weather was sunny and just the right warm in the higher 70s.

Indiana has been in the news regarding the Anti LBT Religious Freedom Act, but my friends and all of our friends are very accepting to respecting others for their choices. Our generation is full of acceptance and enjoying life! Indiana has so much to offer! My friends and I have done the Handlebar Indy a few times to get some exercise and to enjoy this great city!

Where else in the world can you find a theme park based off the major holidays in a town called Santa Claus? Indiana of course! Holiday World has my favorite water park in Indiana. Please put visiting Indiana on your bucket list. As a person who has many to a few places and lived away for 3 years. I have came back and plan on staying. Indiana is full of wholesome people and a relaxed way of living. It’s a great place to put down roots

Holiday World Theme Park

Indianapolis Skyline

*finishing college

Today I received acceptance into Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) to finish my bachelor degree with Indiana University in Tourism, Conventions and Event Management! I received an associate degree of Hospitality Administration from Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana in 2011.

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I have always felt embarrassed to say Ivy Tech when someone asks me where I went to school. I’m not proud of that at all. It’s a great school, don’t get me wrong! I learned a lot in the courses and the teachers actually had years of experience in the fields that they were teaching. But I also planned on getting a four year degree. I had bigger plans for myself.

It’s funny how life doesn’t work out like you plan. I skated through high school, getting a few As, mainly Bs, and a decent amount of Cs. I kept my GPA a 3.0, knowing that was enough to get me to a university. I wasn’t one of those students that had a certain university in mind. Some of my friends were dead set on Indiana University, others were interested in Purdue or Ball State. But when I met Daniel my junior year, I wanted to go out of state. I wanted to become a grown up and make new friends. I applied to around 10 small Christian Universities around the country. In May (yes graduation month) I applied to Indiana State University, in smelly Terre Haute, Indiana. I was very unhappy there and my grades showed it! I was put on academic probation for the second semester. Luckily I took some easier classes and made the dean’s list. But there was no way I was going to continue there, so I moved to California to live with Daniel. That didn’t last long and my parents said they would pay for me to go to Ivy Tech to get an associates. I didn’t want to be there, but I know how important an education can be. I made the Dean’s list a few times.

I finished at Ivy Tech over three years ago, and in three and a half years I will be thirty! I want to say I have a degree from an university I will be proud of by the time I’m thirty! So wish me luck that I can stay focus and really study to get the good grades I know I am capable of!

(pictured below is my parents and me the night of my high school graduation)

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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~Dr Seuss