By Tyra Baker, Indiana Commission for Higher Education

Tyra Scholars Day 1

In today’s blog, we introduce you to Tyra Baker, our spring 2020 communications intern at the Indiana Commission for Higher Education!

I’m Tyra Baker and I am in my senior year at IUPUI studying Psychology with minors in International Studies and Culture Diversity.  At IUPUI I’m involved in many clubs, a sorority, and last summer I studied abroad in Seoul, South Korea, which influenced my career! After I graduate I plan to go to graduate school to receive a Master’s in International and Comparative Education and go work abroad in Korea.

My day normally starts at 6:30-7 AM, depending on my class and work schedule. I get up, make breakfast of either oatmeal or eggs and make a delicious cup of French roast coffee to wake me up. After I eat a nice warm breakfast, I do a 25-30 minute yoga routine to wake my body up for the day. After yoga I take a shower and get dressed for the day. Once I’m all ready for the day I get my backpack together and leave my apartment to either wait for the shuttle to take me to class or I get in my car and go to my internship!  

This spring 2020 semester I am only registered in 5 courses. I’m in 3 psychology courses, a history course, and the most fun of all: a yoga course! Each of the courses are weighed differently ranging from 1 credit to 3 credits. I’m very lucky to only be taking 13 credits this semester, which is a lighter load compared to the 18 credits I’ve taken in all previous semesters.

Spring 2019 Sigma Psi Zeta Crossing
Spring 2019 Sigma Psi Zeta Crossing

Time in between my classes is always filled up with something different depending on the day! Some days I go to my on-campus job in the Study Abroad Office, to my internship with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, or I go hang out with my friends either in the Multicultural Center at IUPUI or we go to grab food and some coffee or boba. My favorite place to get boba with my friends is LaTea on Mass Avenue.

Working on your campus is one the best things you can do! I love my on-campus jobs in the Study Abroad Office and in the Psychology Peer Advising Office. The Study Abroad Office pays hourly while the Psychology Peer Advising Office is a scholarship-based pay opportunity. It’s really nice to work on-campus because they will work with your class schedule and not work you more than 10 hours a week to make sure that you are getting enough time to balance work and school!

1st Year Summer Bridge Mentoring
Working during a first year summer bridge mentoring program

When I study it’s normally around 7-11pm in either my dorm room or in the university library. I have to study late at night because my day schedule is very busy with class, work, and social time that I finally get time to rest and study later in the evening. I typically focus on a subject for 45 minutes to an hour, depending on what needs to be done first! I use my planner and my courses syllabi to know how to organize a study session. I also use an app called “Flora” to help me stay focused and off my phone while I study.

On campus I love being able to go events hosted by organizations I’m involved in or events hosted by IUPUI. Off campus things I enjoy doing by myself are local café adventures, yoga classes, painting, studying Korean at a church in Carmel, attending first Friday events, going to concerts, and singing. One thing I really enjoy is going to Newfields (students get in for free!) to see to the art on weekends. When I’m with my friends we normally watch movies or dramas, Facetime, cook, bake, or go out for food and drinks.

2018 Regatta
2018 IUPUI Regatta

Living in a residence hall is actually one of the best experiences that I have had. Living on campus gave me the ability to live in on-campus housing that supported my major and gave me a network of other students in the STEM or science field. From living in a traditional shared dorm room my first year to living in the Riverwalk Apartments having my own private room and bathroom, I gained a sense of independence by being responsible for myself. I have also had access to more on-campus resources, events, and experiences in my on-campus residential hall and on-main-campus housing that allowed me to build a community at IUPUI.

207 2018 Dorm Room At Riverwalk
My room at IUPUI’s Riverwalk Apartments

Food at IUPUI is a lot better than you think! I know that campus food can get a bad reputation but it’s actually not bad. The main dining hall on campus, Tower Dining, has been working on trying to provide more food options that students can give their opinions on to be able to create a food variety that students want to see. I personally enjoyed their breakfast options and dinner options. The Campus Center has more of the fast food restaurants such as Chik-fil-a, Pizza Hut and Panda Express that are available for students to use with meal plan dollars if you have them.

My favorite part about college may sound cheesy, but it’s the memories! I’m a senior and I’m graduating in May, and this semester really hasn’t been ideal at all due to COVID-19. I have been super involved on IUPUI’s campus since my freshman year. I have worked very hard to be as involved on campus while maintaining good grades. I am very lucky to have been as involved and have amazing memories to reflect upon. I miss not being able to do any of it now and it makes me sad, but I’m very fortunate that I grew to be confident in myself from being involved and making the right friends.

After Biking On The Han River
After biking on the Han River

One experience from college that I’ll never forget didn’t even happen at IUPUI. It was going to study abroad. I’m so very proud of myself for making that happen! I have been wanting to go to Seoul, South Korea for at least 7 years. I saved up my own money to pay for the study abroad program and extracurriculars while I was in Seoul. I made my dream come true! I was there for 7 weeks and loved every moment of going to my two classes and exploring all around Korea. That was the best experience in college I made happen for myself.

Bts Concert In Seoul
Going to a concert in Seoul, South Korea

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