Alexis Lee carries on a family legacy in the IU Groups Scholars program
Oct. 5, 2016
When sophomore Alexis Lee was invited to join the Groups Scholars program at IU Bloomington, she knew accepting the scholarship would mean carrying on a legacy. Her mother, Roberta Singleton, was also a Groups Scholar at IU, graduating in 1998 with a major in business administration.
As an athletic training major in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, Lee is learning both the academic and hands-on sides of her future career, working with IU athletes on rehabilitation and injury prevention. She’s also an officer for Chi Alpha Epsilon honor society; serves on the board of the Women’s Christian Ministry, Pinky Promise; works in a campus residence hall and at a clothing store at the Bloomington Mall; and serves as a Groups peer tutor and student advisor.
One of best support systems for Lee before she started IU was the Groups Summer Experience Program, through which admitted Groups students live on campus and attend classes for seven weeks to help them adjust to classes and campus life. Because of her own positive experience, she decided be a mentor for incoming students this past summer and was matched with two students who are also interested in studying athletic training.
"I was able to get to know them and grow with them personally," said Lee, who frequently touches base with both of her mentees.
In addition to getting comfortable with fellow students on campus, Lee loves studying in the glass-walled study rooms in the Learning Commons of Wells Library and eating out in Bloomington at Farm.
"They have the best parmesan fries ever," she said.
One of her favorite classes at IU focuses on the foundation of residential leadership, which taught her helpful tactics for being a resident assistant and led her to meet her now-mentor Kwan Wallace.
After graduation, Lee plans to attend graduate school in Texas with the ultimate goal of working in a collegiate or professional athletics setting.
"I do believe that IU can help me get there," she said, adding that IU’s great program and hard-working trainers will help connect her with post-graduation opportunities.
"What I love most about being a student at IU is the fact that you are free to be as diverse and individual as possible," Lee said. "There will be a place for you -- and even if you feel like there isn't, you can make a place where you are most comfortable because there are so many opportunities here."
Alexis Lee's experience in the Group Scholars program aligns with priorities outlined in the university’s Bicentennial Strategic Plan, including a commitment to student success.