2014 Lilly Scholar – Hyeree Ellis

Hyeree Ellis
2014 Graduate,
Scottsburg High School
2018 Graduate, DePauw University, English literature and sociology degree

“It’s been about a week now since I’ve graduated from DePauw. Yet, it still seems unreal to me that I won’t be heading back to Greencastle in a couple of months–that I won’t be entering the familiar classrooms and talking to my familiar peers and professors. Unlike when I graduated from high school, however, I rarely thought about this semester being the end of my college career. Never really did I think about how my Wednesday class was the final class I would take as an undergraduate, and I hardly remember the last time I went to the library. Perhaps subconsciously (or consciously) I prohibited those thoughts from entering my head, and thankfully I can say I was truly living in the moments of my last semester at DePauw. It seems most appropriate, then, to consider the past four years in this final update.

From the very beginning I was thankful to attend DePauw. I was excited about the university promises and the seemingly endless career options post-grad. But in hindsight, my excitement for DePauw was able to be sustained for four years because of the people. My friends came from all over the world and brought with them perspectives and experiences that changed the way I viewed the world. My professors never failed to challenge and encourage me in every aspect of my life—as a student and as a woman. Because of this, I have chosen to continue my education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Starting this Fall, I will be studying to get my PhD in English Literature. My DePauw experience shaped me into the person I am today, and DePauw will always be remembered as my “second home.” However, I am not sad knowing that my DePauw journey is over, instead my excitement continues. I am excited to carry all the knowledge and experiences DePauw gave me into the world. I am ever grateful for DePauw, and even more grateful for the Lilly Endowment that allowed me to find my second home.  Here’s to you, Old DePauw!”

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