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IU South Bend alumnus Chris Worrell recalls his love of journalism started back when he was just seven years old, when he would try to delay his homework so he could read the newspaper instead.  Photo provided by Chris Worrell “My dad loved the fact that I read the paper,” explains Chris. “But when he would ask if I had homework to do, I would tell him the newspaper was…

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Emily Sussman wanted to follow her passion to help people, though initially, she didn’t know how she could do that. She needed to help herself first, but deep down she knew it was her calling. Emily Sussman She found her way to helping through her social work degree from IU South Bend. Sussman is now a licensed clinical social worker and therapist with her own practice, Freedom Recovery Group of…

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“I got into public health because I wanted to, in a sense, ‘save the world,’” says Kia Bolden, who earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences from IU South Bend in May 2020. Right after graduation, Kia was hired by the Indiana Department of Health as a contract tracer over the summer, giving her the opportunity to work with Hoosiers affected by COVID-19 on a personal level. In…

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“Ultimately, entrepreneurship is a calling,” explains Caitlin Smith, Indiana University South Bend alumna. Even before earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Caitlin knew her career plans would involve two things: working for herself and impacting positive social change. As Founder and Managing Director of Blackbird Philanthropy Advisors, she is doing just that - creating the life she has always wanted for herself and fulfilling her purpose to…

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