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Admitted Student Profiles

Our admitted students at the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI can tell their story like no one else can. Learn more about them and how they envision their future at SoIC.
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John Gaynor

John GaynorMajor: Applied Data and Information Science

High School: Penn High School in Mishawaka, IN

Career goal: I’m not totally sure what I want to do or where I want to go. However, I do know that I want to (for lack of better words) do things faster and more efficiently on a large scale.

Starting college: What are you excited about and what are you nervous about?

I am very excited to be living on my own and controlling my own schedule. This will allow me complete freedom with when I go to the gym, meal planning, studying, and so forth. I also look forward to taking classes that are more relevant to a possible career path.

More about John: I am a competitive Rubik’s Cube solver and have competed across the United States. I was the 2019 national champion for the Pyraminx puzzle (the one shaped like a triangle) and currently hold the North American record for a single Pyraminx solve. I’m also a novice powerlifter with an interest in investing and videography.

Will Bickel

Major: Media Arts and Sciences with a specialization in 3D Graphics and Animation

Career goal: I hope to be a storyboard artist or animator for movies or games

Starting college: What are you excited about and what are you nervous about?

I’m very excited to be a part of the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, though I am a bit nervous about living on my own for the first time.

More about Will: I live in Speedway, Indiana, and went to Speedway Senior High School. Outside of school I spent my time acting in the theater department, biking local trails, and drawing. I’m proud to say that I was the first admit to IUPUI for the Fall 2020 semester, as well as a Bepko Scholar.

I chose SoIC for the wide variety of specializations and the passionate faculty.

Maddie Pasquale

Major: Media Arts and Science

Area of specialization: Game Design

Career goal: Write stories for video games and other forms of entertainment

Starting college: What are you excited about and what are you nervous about?
“I am excited about learning the things I’m passionate about! I’m nervous about being at a new place and meeting new people, but I’m looking forward to it!”

More about Maddie: A graduate of Zionsville Community High School, Maddie says she chose SoIC because it’s close to home, and has a good program for her field of study. “I went to Creature and Concept Design camp here last summer and really enjoyed it, as well as the instructor,” she says. “The campus is also really neat.”

Maddie is a Jaguar Excellence Award recipient. She was active in Zionsville’s Indoor Percussion team. “This season our team had the highest score in the nation in our class heading into regionals before the season was canceled,” she says. “Last year we were State Champions and Bronze Medalists at the World Championships.”

Kavin Thakkar

Major: Informatics

Career goal: Possibly go into user experience / human-computer interaction (UX/HCI)

Starting college: What are you excited about and what are you nervous about?

“I am excited to learn more about informatics and start living an independent life. I am nervous to start living an independent life and finding my place at IUPUI.”

More about Kavin: Citing “the unique combination of Indiana and Purdue universities,” Kavin says that helped to draw him from the Chicago suburb of St. Elgin to IUPUI. He also credited the beautiful campus, “and a great informatics program.”

Kavin graduated from St. Charles (Ill.) North High School, where he was Key Club president and copy editor of the student newspaper. He was a peer leadership assistant and received the Unsung Hero Award. “I’m proud of making a difference in my community,” he says.