by Conner Chamberlin
Looking to turn childhood dreams into reality, Cara Schaadt knew IUPUI could make that happen.
The nearby hospitals and IUPUI’s physical therapy program piqued Schaadt’s interest, and an acceptance from the Honors College convinced her to make the move from Monroeville to Indianapolis as an exercise science major in the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management.
As a freshman, the Chancellor’s Scholar began her IUPUI experience with the OTEAM-led Summer Bridge program.
“My Summer Bridge mentor encouraged me to apply for OTEAM and I got it. That’s how everything started, and I was a mentor for the next three years,” says Schaadt, who tells how this program led to many new opportunities.
Schaadt enjoyed living on the Honors floor of the University Tower. As a sports enthusiast, she participated in IUPUI intramural sports and showed off her athletic ability during the IUPUI Regatta as a rower for the Honors College.
“I’ve been involved in sports my whole life,” says Schaadt, who sees her athletic experiences as a path toward career goals in physical therapy.
Her involvement with IUPUI continued, serving on the Jagathon committee as the campus life chair, a student ambassador for the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management, a student coordinator for Campus Recreation, and a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma honors societies.
Schaadt also participated in the IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internship program, leading to the publication of a paper coauthored by Schaadt and presented at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association.