Hendry Halim

Bloomington, Indiana, United States

Hendry Halim

Bloomington, Indiana, United States

As the first person in my immediate family (parents and siblings) to attend college, I have faced both challenges and opportunities. In terms of challenges, I did not have the benefit of support that can be offered by parents sophisticated enough to understand the system of higher education. I was obliged to do my own research and think for myself about what I wanted in life and the role of education in achieving my goals.

In terms of opportunities, I often think that what originally seemed burdensome to me has actually been a blessing. It has been a blessing to be obliged to act and think independently and to take initiative on my own behalf. This has been a blessing for me because I have learned so much more in the process than I would have if I had not been obliged to do things on my own.

As a result, I have a great sense of pride and accomplishment in what I have been able to achieve, so far, on my own. In my native country of Indonesia, I was able to get good grades and do well academically, as I have been able to do since coming to the US. At the same time, I would never diminish the importance of the values that my parents instilled in me, which enabled me to accomplish these things. Though they themselves did not have the benefit of higher education, they nonetheless understood its importance and they passed these values along to me: hard work, honest effort, and good behavior. As I celebrate my own accomplishments, I appreciate all the things my parents have taught me that have enabled me to become what I am today, and what will enable me to accomplish even more in the future.

Now, at IU Kelley School of Business, I'm extremely blessed to continue my studies in the field of Finance, Economic Consulting and Business Analytics. Hopefully, in the near future, my dream to work in Wall Street as an astute investment banker will come to reality.

  • Education
    • Kelley School of Business