by Hannah Bahney
From a young age, Kurtis Oldiges dreamed of making a difference in the world.
At the time, he could only pretend by dressing up as a solider—which he did four Halloweens straight. The current IUPUI Honors Scholar is not only a soldier, but an intern, volunteer, and mentor.
“I love opportunity,” Oldiges says. “I love helping out, making a difference, and just doing things.”
The Chancellor’s Scholarship recipient and Kelley School of Business student just entered his junior year and has two internships on his résumé. Oldiges interned at the Indiana State House, where he kept in contact with constituents for three representatives. One of his favorite parts of the internship included sitting in on meetings, where he saw how bills are formed and halted.
“Hands-on experience makes all the difference,” he says.
After completing 14 weeks of basic and additional military training last summer, Private First Class Oldiges sees that the military and business have many skills in common. The major similarity is the importance of leadership.