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Celebrating the Class of 2014: Isabella Juretic

A confident, capable communicator on her way to graduate school and a university career

Wednesday Apr 30, 2014

Isabella Juretic, 23, of St. John, graduates this May with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication.

A first-generation college student, Isabella is proud to be taking with her a wealth of experience earned both inside and out of the classroom.

Isabella says taking advantage of the extra opportunities available to students outside the classroom has really rounded out her education. Serving as president of the student-run Communication Association, for instance, has really served to develop her skills as a communicator.

“I feel like it’s really helped me develop as a student and as a person,” Isabella said. “I feel more open to talking with people in class and I feel more confident in myself when I am in different situations, because I have background in various things.”

Isabella also received a grant through the Minority Opportunities for Research and Experience Program (MORE) to conduct research alongside Adjunct Faculty Patricia Walker, Ph.D. She also worked as a teacher’s assistant for Walker’s public speaking course.

Originally, Isabella had chosen Physical Education as her major at IU Bloomington but later decided that a degree with a broader scope was right for her. She decided to return home to finish her degree where the smaller class sizes seemed to offer a more personalized approach to her education.

“Here, teachers reach the students on more of an individual basis,” she explained. “They are more accommodating and are always helpful and available.”

Isabella would like to pursue a career in college admissions. She has been accepted into graduate school at Central Michigan University where she will also be teaching an introductory communication course.

“I really think that IU Northwest has helped me to get ready for graduate school and I feel a lot more confident than I would have a few years ago.”

About the Class of 2014: Indiana University Northwest will confer 729 degrees at the 48th Annual Commencement ceremonies on May 15, 2014. The Class of 2014 will collectively receive 108 associate’s degrees, 511 bachelor’s degrees and 110 master’s degrees. More than two-thirds of this year’s graduating class are women; 40 percent are underrepresented students; close to half are first-generation college graduates; the great majority are aged 30 or older; and nearly 90 percent worked while earning their degree.

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