Vibrant Voice – Mary Elise Klueh

Mary Elise Klueh

Education & Phi Mu Chapter:
I have two more semesters until I graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, and a minor in Psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. My chapter of Phi Mu is Rho Alpha at IUPUI. Initiate 2012

City, State of Residence:
I am from Evansville, Indiana, but currently live in Indianapolis while I am finishing up my undergraduate degrees.

Mary Elise has been a competitive swimmer for most of her life. When it came to choosing colleges, she knew not only did she need to find somewhere that fit my aspiring athletic goals, but she needed to find somewhere that would help her accomplish my academic dreams as well. Over the past three years, Mary Elise has been on multiple academic honor rolls; received both academic and athletic scholarships (including one from Phi Mu Foundation); competed in the swimming finals of the Summit League (Division I Conference League in the Midwest); named one of the Top 100 Outstanding IUPUI students in 2015; inducted into IUPUI’s Honor Society; joined Phi Mu Fraternity; and been an active community service volunteer. Currently she is finishing her degrees and her fourth and final season swimming for the IUPUI Jaguars.

I am most proud of…
I am most proud that I was given the honor to be named to the Top 100 Outstanding students this past spring at IUPUI. The selection committee for Top 100 considers many aspects such as campus involvement, community involvement, research, awards, and many other factors such as a letter of recommendation from a faculty member. Over 2,000 students were nominated and went through an extensive application process. I am happy the work I have put in has benefited my university, community, and fraternity.

The best advice I ever received was…
It is okay to not be friends with or to please everyone. The most important thing you can do is always treat everyone with the utmost respect and learn to work with everyone.

Phi Mu taught me…
Phi Mu taught me that everyone is different and no two people are alike. With the being said, Phi Mu has taught me the value of diversity and why is it so important for not only our fraternity to continue to grow, but for the community to grow as well.

My fondest Phi Mu memory… My fondest Phi Mu memory isn’t any particular moment. My fondest memories come at the times when I can look around the room and see it filled with love and no conflict when I am with my fraternity sisters. When my sisters and I are a uniformed front, I believe that we can accomplish anything.

Even my best friends don’t know that I…
Even my best friends don’t know that I love to meditate. I am an extreme extrovert so my friends usually don’t realize that I value self-awareness and love to prepare my mind for the day.

Three light-hearted things I can’t live without… (excluding family & friends)
1. My Eno Hammock (You literally can get the best sleep anywhere!)
2. My cats and dogs (Fur friends are the best!) 3. Special K with milk (which is probably my all-time favorite meal!)

I wish I had more time to…
I wish I had more time to be able to travel the world before Medical School. I have never left North America, and I know that I am missing out on so many cultural opportunities. I would have loved to study abroad if I didn’t have the commitment of being a student athlete.

Future aspirations/goals…
I hope to enter Medical School in the fall of 2016 or 2017 to one day become a Neonatologist. I would love to have a big family and live in southern Indiana where I grew up and where my family resides.