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Updated: September 26, 2013 6:32AM



Indiana University Northwest opens the books on the 2013-14 academic year on Monday, welcoming new and returning students to its Gary campus. At a recent orientation, new students, eager to begin a new chapter in their education, were happy to speak about themselves, their ambitions, and their plans.

Victoria Morales, 18, of Crown Point, attended one of the new student orientations in hopes of learning more about student activities. Active in student government at Lake Central High School, Morales hopes to continue making a difference on behalf of fellow students.

Morales said she chose IUN because of its reputation for her chosen discipline of psychology. Once she gets her undergraduate degree, she plans to continue her education, most likely at IU, and pursue her goal of becoming a psychiatrist.

Kerry Shotwell, 41, of Merrillville, is returning to college after 20 years. Though he initially began an electrical engineering technician program, he never finished. Instead, he found a number of other jobs, including the military, before settling at his current position at U.S. Steel.

Hoping to advance within his field, Shotwell is excited to be pursuing his first-ever college degree, in Labor Studies. Though he has a busy family life, with a wife and three children, Shotwell said now is a great time for him to focus on his education.

Richard Perez, 21, of Hobart, is excited to be transferring to IUN from Ivy Tech Community College. The River Forest High School graduate plans to one day teach at the middle or high school level.

Currently, he is serving as a substitute teacher at River Forest and coaching a community basketball league. Perez said he chose IUN for its affordability but is impressed with the active campus life, which he plans to get involved with.

Natalie Boring, 27, of Hammond, recently earned her associate’s degree in criminal justice from Ivy Tech Community College. This fall, the Hammond High School graduate is continuing her education at IUN where she anticipates earning her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Boring is persevering toward her degree despite some early challenges that caused her to pause her studies for a while. Currently, she is working as an intern at a juvenile probation center. Boring hopes to get involved with the Student Government Association and the Criminal Justice Club.

Elizabeth Kammer, 19, Highland, is a transfer student from California. With about two years of general education requirements under her belt from California State University, the biology/pre-med student is ready to dive into the latter part of her education.

Ayanna Riley, 21, of Hammond is transferring to IUN from Ivy Tech Community College in Gary. After going from Ivy Tech to Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and back to Ivy Tech, the Gavit High School graduate has finally settled at IUN, where she plans to earn her bachelor’s degree in Health Services Management.

With 56 credits under her belt, Riley is ready to get down to the business of studying. Riley would like to work in a hospital environment initially and eventually join the Air Force.



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