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Celebrating the Class of 2013: Eden Strange

'It was time to reinvent myself'

Friday May 03, 2013


Eden Strange graduates this May with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

The longtime Gary native, who now lives in East Chicago, admits that he lacked direction when he graduated from Wirt High School in Gary.

“I flirted with going to school a couple of other times,” he said, “but I wasn’t really focused.”

Instead, he worked for a number of years in various retail management jobs until things changed.

“I lost my job and was trying to decide what I wanted to do next,” Strange said. “I thought, ‘I might as well go to school and be serious about it.’

“I wanted to be in the business field, somehow, some way,” he said. “I looked at the CEOs of top Fortune 500 companies. I saw that the majority of them had the same education background. They had a BS, MS, MBA and JD. I thought, ‘why not follow that same track.’”

Strange enrolled at IU Northwest in 2009 and this time, “focus” was his middle name.

Strange received several scholarships for his academic achievements and has been on the Dean’s List every semester. He was active with the School of Business and Economics and Student Activities. He served as a student senator for the Student Government Association and has done much community service work.

Strange has completed several internships, most recently as a business analyst intern for ArcelorMittal. In fact, the IU Northwest Office of Career Services recently named him one of their “star interns.”

A later-in-life enrollee, Strange has come a long way since his early days selling cell phones.

His advice to others includes making a plan by actually writing down the pros and cons of the path you are considering and working hard in everything you do, right from the beginning.

Strange plans to attend law school and is looking toward a promising career in corporate law or politics.

About the Class of 2013: Indiana University Northwest conferred 854 degrees at the 47th Annual Commencement ceremonies on May 9, 2013. The Class of 2013 collectively received 123 associate’s degrees, 606 bachelor’s degrees and 125 master’s degrees. More than a hundred of the graduates have earned their diploma with honors.

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