I Define Success: Julie Hopkins

Julie Hopkins.jpgIvy Tech Student Graduates Rose-Hulman While Traveling to Empower Women

This spring, Julie was a Senior Chemical Engineering Major at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a double major in Biochemistry. She was enrolled in 6 classes at Rose (Advanced Biochemistry, Nanoparticle Drug Delivery, Senior Chemical Engineering Design: Lactic Acid Fermentation, Special Project Research: Chemical Engineering Bioreactor Installation, and Bee Virus Research) and four at Ivy Tech (Lifespan Development, Anatomy and Physiology I, Nutrition, LIBA capstone).

Last fall she was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa at Ivy Tech and, in January, she accepted the position as the Vice President of Scholarship for the chapter. Hopkins participated in a debate for Free Community College at Ivy Tech as part of our honors in action project for 2015, and the “Tomorrow’s Leaders” workshop as part of their college project.

This year at Rose-Hulman, she was awarded the Noel E. Moore Award from her professors and was inducted into Omicron Chi Epsilon (Chemical Engineering Honors Society) just a few weeks ago. She was a front page/opinions sections writer for the school newspaper and an all-conference athlete. In the community she has worked for two years volunteering at Union Hospital in the Cardiology Unit. She is an active participate in MAM or Morning After Ministries based out of Nashville, TN.

In 2009 she left Rose-Hulman to participate in this program and to work to make a difference in other women’s lives. This program seeks to empower women and to work with churches to teach them on how to better deal with their women members seeking help from self-hate, cutting, drug/alcohol abuse, and promiscuity. Additionally, she has traveled as a speaker to empower women recovering from rape/sexual trauma and alcohol addiction.

It was from this work that she changed her life course from engineering to nursing. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ivy Tech on May 5th and with honors from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on May 28th. Julie will be attending Goshen College for her BSN, class of 2018.

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