Get to Know Alexandra Hochstetler - Distinguished Young Woman of Indiana 2013


Name: Alexandra Hochstetler 
Age: 18
Hometown: Middlebury, Indiana
College: Indiana University – Purdue University – Indianapolis, Honors College
Majors/Minors: Biology, Medical Humanities/Chemistry, Spanish
What is your favorite food: Sushi 
What is your favorite TV show: The Big Bang Theory 
What is your favorite movie: 300 
What is your favorite quote: “The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly – that is what each of us is here for.” – Oscar Wilde,The Picture of Dorian Gray 
What is your favorite time of day: 5:00 AM
Plan ahead or procrastinate? Plan ahead 
Paper or Plastic? Plastic 
Glass Half-Full or Glass Half-Empty? Glass Half-Full 
Introvert or Extrovert? Introvert 
Cats or Dogs? Cats 
Morning person or night person? Morning Person
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you absolutely need for survival? Running shoes, water filtration system, mascara 
What would we find in your refrigerator right now? Greek Yogurt, Apples, Water, SoBe Water, Monster Rehab energy drinks, Jalapeno String Cheese 
What is your biggest fear? My biggest fear is the fear of failure, and I think that’s something that all of us deal with at some point in our lives. For me this fear serves as motivation to put forth my greatest effort. 
Sum yourself up in three words. Compassionate, Purposeful, Ambitious 
What do you want to be when you grow up and why? I want to become involved in collegiate medical teaching and research. The field of science and medicine is changing so rapidly and that is why the research appeals to me. Being able to teach at a medical school would be a rewarding part of the research aspect.
Describe your single-most favorite moment from your Distinguished Young Women experience. My favorite Distinguished Young Women experience occurred at the National Finals. My roommate, Sabrina Gerlich (from Virginia) and I had become very close over the two weeks we were in Mobile, AL. We both absolutely loved our two weeks and had made so many amazing friends and connections and were fully satisfied with how we had performed throughout the competition. One night we said to each other, “you know, it doesn’t really matter if either one of us walks away with anything, because this experience has been worth so much more than the competition itself.” The following night, both of us were named Scholastics category winners. Knowing that both of us had the same gratitude for the experience we had during National Finals, made winning a category all the more special to each of us.

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