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Q&A with Kyra Simmons ’23 (Chemistry, Biology)


The Class of 2023 has officially graduated and is ready to use their UIndy education for service to their communities. Meet May 2023 graduate Kyra Simmons, who recently received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biology with a pre-med concentration!

Why did you chose to study at UIndy?

I chose to study at UIndy because I thought this school had the support and resources I would need for professional development and to achieve my future career goals. UIndy has a great community and a valuable mission, including a commitment to diversity and inclusion, which was meaningful to me.

Are there any faculty or staff members who have significantly impacted your time at UIndy? If so, who are they and how did they influence you?

There are many professors that have significantly impacted my time here at UIndy. I can not thank enough Dr. Gribbins, Dr. Burnell, Dr. Milne, and Dr. Cutler for going above and beyond as professors and consistently supporting me as a student here. They all were very encouraging and understanding when it came to anything, and that meant the most to me.

What is one of your favorite memories from your time at UIndy?

One of my favorite memories at UIndy would be having the opportunity to play volleyball here. I will always cherish and be grateful for the moments I had with my team and for being able to play for UIndy.

What are your plans after graduation?

I am going to medical school at University of Cincinnati!

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen?

Never give up on yourself, and remember your reason why. During your next four years, you will face challenges, adversity, and setbacks, but you can not let these moments define or change your path and who you are becoming. Remember, you can do this and believe in yourself always.