Feb. 20, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The IU Varsity Club recently sat down with Jordan Haverly, a redshirt junior and outside hitter on the IU Volleyball team. Haverly described her IU experience, both on and off the court.
Q: Before committing, what did you find most attractive about IU?
A: The people were one of the biggest reasons I came here. Everyone was very nice and open and you got the feeling that no one was going to let you fail. From faculty, to coaches, to academic services, everybody that we met was always willing to help. Also, the campus is gorgeous, so that's definitely a plus!
Q: What was the biggest adjustment for you-- coming from high school to IU?
A: The biggest adjustment was getting used to adding so many hours of volleyball into my schedule. Coming from a college prep school, academics was not the biggest adjustment for me. Managing time and projects is always hard, but volleyball and the travelling we did with it made for a pretty big adjustment. The professors, though, were always there to work one-on-one with us and were very accommodating.
Q: After an incredible Sweet 16 run in the fall 2010, how did your injury (torn ACL, LCL, MCL, and meniscus) in the spring of 2011 motivate you?
Q: How would you describe the "Spirit of Indiana: 24 Sports, One Team?" A:
A: I obviously still wanted to play and have a passion for the game. I had a lot, and still have a lot to prove. If I could've played that season, I would have. I tried really hard, but there were some complications. I just wanted to get healthy again for my teammates. One of my goals coming to IU was to leave the program better than when I got here. The support from my coaches and teammates was incredible. It was tough for me. I was going through rehab learning how to walk the right way without limping. My teammates, coaches, advisors, and trainers ... everyone was always checking on me. If I even made the slightest improvement, like doing a wall-sit, it was a celebration. Everyone was really supportive during my recovery.
It's exactly what it states. You spend all your time around other athletes and they become your closest friends. We all work so hard and we all get each other's lives. It's like our own little community. We're one big group and everyone does a great job of supporting each other. You see athletes at study tables, class, and other sporting events. It's like one big athletic family! They become your best friends. It's really great to have that "family" atmosphere. We get to know all the other sports and develop friendships; it's special.
Q: As a scholarship athlete, how do you most benefit from the aid you receive from the Varsity Club?
A: I wouldn't be here if I didn't receive aid from the Varsity Club. It lifts a huge burden coming from out-of-state. It's hard to put into words what it means to know that someone was generous enough to give this gift. It allows me to focus on volleyball and academics without having to worry about graduating in debt. It's incredible how generous our donors are and the opportunities they provide to us are just amazing.
Q: If you had the opportunity to meet the donors who paid for your scholarship, what would you say to them?
A: I would say thank you for everything that they've allowed me to participate in. They've paid for my education and allowed me to have the most exciting and rewarding experiences in my life. Thank you is not enough, but I will always be grateful and I will have these memories for the rest of my life. I don't know that I could ever repay them for all the memories I am able to have here. The fact that they were able to give us that is just amazing and I am so thankful.
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