Student Spotlight: McKenna Marshall
When considering college options after high school, it is easy to focus on large universities or high ranking, private colleges. These universities tend to have huge programs, numerous resources, and high student success rates that draw students to them. Smaller universities such as IU East are often viewed as places to go to get basic courses out of the way before transferring to another university to get a degree. This was McKenna Marshall's initial plan, but she soon discovered that IU East “had everything that I needed to succeed”.
McKenna chose to enroll at IU East because it was close to home and very affordable. When she arrived, she found friendly staff members and students that encouraged her throughout her college career, professors that she could confide in about future graduate school decisions, and student organizations, such as Campus Christian Fellowship and the Honors Program, to join. McKenna enjoyed many of her classes, but one of her favorites was Dr. Cooksey's freshman English class because Dr. Cooksey made each day fun and unique and inspired her to become a lover of writing. McKenna also participated in fun events on campus such as the IU East Talent Show, which she won with her sister Mariah for a cappella singing and rapping.
After graduating with honors in May, McKenna started working on her application to veterinary school. She submitted her application to Ohio State, Purdue, Cornell, and Mississippi State and is eagerly waiting to hear back from them. In the meantime, she is working as a lab instructor at IU East for a general chemistry lab class and at her family's dairy farm. She has also found time to be active in her community by singing in a community chorus group and participating in the 4-H adult leadership program.
According to McKenna, IU East gave her the ability to learn better and more efficiently. It showed her that forming relationships with other students and professors is just as important as getting good grades. She formed relationships with many of her professors, and three of them wrote letters of recommendation for her veterinary school application. In her own words, “attending IU East went from being a convenient option to one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have confidence that this small but mighty university in Richmond, Indiana has prepared me for the rigorous schedule that will accompany being a veterinary student. I am proud to be a Red Wolf.”