Anne CarpenterHometown: Bloomington, Ill.

Class year and major: 2012, Journalism

Why did you choose Butler? Upon submitting my college applications my senior year of high school, I thought it was going to be impossible to choose where I should spend the next four years of my life. However, 10 minutes into my first visit at Butler, my decision was made. The charming campus and the dynamic city that surrounds it persuaded me to visit, but the people I met here made me stay. Butler’s emphasis on community and following your passion is unparalleled. I chose Butler because it was clear that this institution was going to help me become the person I was meant to be.

Most memorable academic experience at Butler: I am currently an intern with the Indiana Assistive Technology Act Project at Easter Seals Crossroads, an agency that helps individuals with disabilities. My role in the project is to create blog content that covers a variety of subjects on the disability spectrum, as well as film, edit and post weekly videos that demonstrate how certain pieces of technology are used in the lives of those with disabilities.

This federally funded project is one of a kind in Indiana. Helping hundreds of disabled individuals across the state, the INDATA Project has helped me to understand the importance of giving back to the community. I have had the opportunity to grow as both a writer and a person because of this internship. Surrounded by individuals who are passionate about what they do, I come to work each day knowing that my efforts are not unnoticed and are helping people.

Before this experience, I had no idea how technology could help those with disabilities and the impact it makes on their life. I have had the opportunity to meet truly inspirational individuals. To be able to share their stories with others has been a feeling unmatched by anything I have ever done.

Activities you’re involved with outside of the classroom: Gamma chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta, assistant arts and entertainment editor of The Collegian, Student Orientation Guide, Learning Resource Center mentor

The most important thing you’ve learned at Butler: Stay hungry. Do not be afraid to try something new. Even if you fail, it is an experience from which you can learn. Do what you love, and everything else will fall into place.

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