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Alumni Spotlight: Five Questions with IPS Alums – Kandis Adkins Discusses How IPS Made a Difference in Her Life

Indianapolis Public Schools(IPS) is proud of our graduates and their diverse, inspiring journeys. We have created the IPS Alumni Spotlight to celebrate our former students and showcase their experiences, accomplishments, and personal interests. Every graduate has a unique path, and we can all learn from their journeys.

IPS recently asked Kandis Adkins, a 2000 graduate of Arsenal Technical High School, about her journey that began in the state’s largest district. After graduating from college, she worked in the healthcare industry and now is a critical care anesthesiologist at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

Q–How did your experiences at Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) shape your educational foundation and career aspirations?
A–I was trained to be a problem-solver starting at H. L. Harshman Middle School. The expectation that I learn and grow continued at Arsenal Tech where I was challenged continuously in the Math/Science/Technology magnet program. I was given numerous opportunities to grow both inside the classroom and out, including through the NOBCChE outreach program and attending IUPUI for university-level chemistry and calculus.

Q–How has your education at IPS influenced your personal and professional development since graduating?
A–Tech gave me tools to enhance my ability to tackle any problem. I also gained experience communicating with diverse groups of people.

Q–What specific skills or knowledge gained at IPS have proven most valuable in your current life or career?
A–I would say problem-solving and exposure to different cultures

Q–In what ways have you stayed connected with the IPS community, and what advice would you offer current IPS students for a successful future?
A–I regularly attend Tech alumni meetings and keep up with school news and events. I have kept in touch with most of the close friends I made while in high school and we regularly reminisce on the amazing times we had. I volunteer when asked to motivate future generations. I would recommend current students take advantage of all the available opportunities offered, try new things, and be open to different learning styles.

Q–What challenges did you face during your time at IPS, and how did overcoming them contribute to your personal growth?
A– I had older siblings, cousins, and older generations who attended Tech and left various impressions. But I found a way to be myself and make a lasting impression on the school and staff.