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It’s a good thing India Williams’ high-school counselor was not subtle.

A Doane graduate, she wanted Williams to go to Doane as well.

She really wanted her to try Doane.

When it came time to pick a college, she not only told her about the campus, she drove her from Kansas City, Mo., to Crete, Nebraska, for her first visit.

Williams – a broadcast and communications wannabe – saw the campus television and radio stations and newspaper that first visit. “I was sold,” she said.

Scholarships and grants sealed the deal.

And long before commencement, she knew her guidance counselor had put her on the right road.

A year after earning her degree, she was already a television field producer for Good Morning Kansas KTKA-TV 49 ABC News in Topeka, Kansas.

Soon, however, the economic downturn turned her life upside down.

“One minute I was reporting the news and then I became the news when I was laid off.”

The upside was finding out how flexible her liberal arts degree really is.

She did some soul searching.

She realized she liked her job, but not the sometimes-cutthroat nature of the broadcast industry.

She thought about what made her happy. At Doane she enjoyed community outreach projects. In Kansas, she had been involved in organizations like Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

She also looked back fondly on her time working with Doane’s Admission Office.

Williams started looking for educational and nonprofit positions, which led to a job as enrollment counselor for the University of
Phoenix, and finally, to a recent promotion to High-School Presenter, traveling to Phoenix and promoting the university in Kansas City area high schools.

She now realizes that she impacts even more people in her current role than she did in television.

"I’ve been given the opportunity to impact the source – our younger generation. They need to know early on how important school is to their future."

Williams is among the young alumni who are already giving back to Doane.

“Someone gave to me....Donors offered me an opportunity to succeed. They provided me a chance to follow my dreams and make them a reality. Now it's my turn to give back!

(And it’s a little bit easier than driving potential students to campus.)

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