Her interest in people and their stories, sparked by family stories her grandmother had shared with her, led her to take a folklore class during her first year at IU—and she was hooked.
“I realized there was an entire discipline within folklore dedicated to my love of narrative, and my passion took definition: a folklore major,” she says.
Barb relished the opportunity to achieve her goal of earning a college degree, but she had to overcome some fears to do it. As a nontraditional student, she was reminded daily of the differences between her and her fellow students. But she found that despite those differences, she was welcomed into the IU community.
“I always felt accepted by faculty as a student who worked hard and by fellow classmates as one of their own,” she says. “IU reflected and continues to reflect acceptance of our diverse selves as part of the IU community.”