By Lori Mangrum and Teresa Colby
As admissions coordinator, it’s always exciting for me to get to know our new students. This year we have a group of wonderfully gifted, unique individuals with many talents and strengths. My relationship with these students started during the admission process. When they first arrive they are quiet and apprehensive. But very soon they were smiling and eager to talk about the possibility of a journey into the world of CIP.
In my role, I get to see a lot of things. I get to see a student’s eyes light up at the thought of a different life, one of independence, choices, dreams fulfilled. I get to see parents full of hope, thrilled to follow their student into this new world, ready to send a precious child into adulthood. I see staff embracing and welcoming a new student into the CIP family, committed to teaching and mentoring them, encouraging them to become all of the things they want to be. I am honored and blessed to be a part of of a team that can help young adults find their way in the hard journey of life.
Through the admissions process and individual interviews, which were conducted by Teresa Colby, we have taken some “snap shots” of our new students. We hope you enjoy them!
Diversity: the art of thinking independently together. – Malcolm Forbes.
The incoming first year students at Bloomington’s College Internship Program illustrate this quote better than any philosophical context. The six new students come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, yet all six have the same goals and ambitions that any young college student may have. They are dedicated, ambitious, determined and confident of who they are yet all experience those transition butterflies that make them think, “What did I get myself into?!”
Erin hails all the way from Fort Worth Texas and her slight Texan drawl betrays her origins. In addition to her mom and dad, she is very attached to her dogs Ginger and Jack. She misses them and wishes her apartment would take pets. She likes to relax with a nice soothing horror story by Steven King, or watch a good and gory movie on TV. Science fiction is pretty high on her list of reading genres, and if she doesn’t have a book in her hand, she’s clicking away at a video game. She wants to study psychology and eventually go into the medical field of psychiatry. After all those Steven King novels, abnormal psych will be a cinch.
Hunter comes from Memphis Tennessee, and before that, all the way from Romania. His family includes his adoptive parents and five older siblings. In his free time he enjoys reading and video games, and he has a real passion for the stage. Acting, writing, and design for theater production are among his high school experiences. He thoroughly entertained everyone during orientation by presenting his autobiography with a background score of Broadway show tunes. He hopes to become involved theater productions and GLBT (Gay, Lesbian Bisexual, Transgendered) student support services at Indiana University. Eventually he wants to make a career in animal sciences and work in a zoo. (Could there be a production of Dr. Doolittle somewhere in the future)?
Adam is from Carmel, Indiana. He has three siblings (all brothers) and they share a healthy amount of teasing. He loves animals and misses his dogs a great deal. Adam has a close knit group of friends back home and is looking forward to developing new friendships at CIP. He is confident and outgoing and lives by the saying, “You get out what you put into it, nothing more, and nothing less.” Adam eventually wants a career that involves the care of animals. Considering how much he loves his coon hound and golden retriever, a job that would allow him to bring his four-legged friends to work would be ideal.
Anthony single greatest asset is his smile; he is a perpetually happy guy from Fort Wayne, Indiana who is interested in everything. He has traveled a great deal with his mom, dad, and sister. He describes swimming with the dolphins in the Caribbean and hiking in Mexico. Eventually he wants to travel to Australia to experience the culture and animal variety. For now he thinks about spending time with his Jack Russell terrier, Jordie. He is a great fan of Star Trek. (Levar Burton who played Jordie on Star Trek doesn’t look much like a terrier, but who cares)? Anthony’s career plans involve working in patient care as a medical assistant. (Wouldn’t it be interesting if they finally put a settlement on the moon and he could ride the space shuttle Enterprise to work)?
Kiersten is from Noblesville, Indiana, where her mom and two sisters live. She enjoys horseback riding and has been involved in the Agape Therapeutic Ranch program (an organization that provides horseback riding lessons to people with disabilities). Kiersten has experienced several of the horse activities that are described in her favorite books about horses. Her favorite book is Black Beauty. She also likes to listen to country-western music and Faith Hill’s song “There You’ll Be” reminds her of her dad in Texas. The work that she has done at Agape Ranch has motivated her to pursue a career in Early Childhood Education. She wants to teach children with disabilities and incorporate her love of horses with her love of children.
Braden is from Akron, Ohio. He loves just about any type of sport from football to swimming. In high school he was on a competitive swim team and plans on swimming competitively with the Indiana University Swim Club. He also likes playing football with his brothers, plays basketball wherever he finds a ball and a hoop. While signing up for the swim team at Indiana University, he tried out the climbing tower. With his strong motor development and strength, he quickly reached the top on his first try. Braden’s career goals are in the legal field, he hopes to work in a legal office someday.
These six students are all from very different backgrounds with many diverse talents, yet they have all come together at CIP to achieve common goals: independence, self reliance, and an exciting future, pursing their dreams. The staff at the Bloomington Center is excited to work this group of diverse students, and we look forward to the accomplishments they will make.