Annie enjoys hiking and being active outdoors. Photo courtesy of Foster’s Facebook.
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A love for Butler as strong as her love for life
This is the latest installment of our Bulldog of Butler series, which is a short interview with someone to get to know more about them. We hope to highlight more and more people on this campus. Search Bulldogs of Butler to read more stories about your fellow Dawgs.
The Butler Collegian: Tell us about your involvements with BUDM and College Mentors for Kids.
Annie Foster: I volunteer with a great group of people working to raise money, awareness, and love for the benefit of Riley Hospital for Children. I don’t have medical training yet, but the club gives me the opportunity to start fighting for the benefit of kids now. Every week I also meet up with my little buddy in College Mentors for Kids. I teach her about making goals, staying on the right path, and I try to positively influence and encourage kids to strive for bigger and better things.
TBC: Did you always want to stay close to home for college?
AF: I’m a homebody and love the Broad Ripple and Indy area. I didn’t find another school quite as welcoming as Butler and I loved the size. I love having my family still be part of my college experience and enjoy being able to see them every few weeks for their big events and holidays.
TBC: What influenced you to double major in Spanish and pre-med?
AF: For the longest time I’ve wanted to incorporate my love for the Spanish culture, language, and people and medicine, kids, and helping others. I’ve always been passionate about being a pediatrician or family doctor because I love kids. My dream job would be working as a family doctor in a Spanish-speaking clinic helping those without access to great medical care. Hopefully my future includes traveling with Doctors without Borders and using my talents in Spanish-speaking settings. I’ve been on a mission trip to Guatemala where I worked, shadowed doctors, and translated in clinics. That experience increased my passion and desire to strive for that job even more, despite exhaustion and challenges.
TBC: How would you persuade someone on the fence of coming to Butler?
AF: Butler gives you the awesome opportunity to get involved with what you are passionate about. You have a voice and will be surrounded by a loving and accepting community. I’ve been lucky to find some of my best friends here. Big things are always happening that are bigger than ourselves, and everyone has the opportunity to be a part of it.
TBC: What’s your favorite thing about Butler?
AF: I love the size and opportunity to constantly meet new people. I always know people no matter where I go on this campus. I love the tight knit community. Butler’s unique group of people has influenced me and made me who I am today.
TBC: What’s one piece of advice you wish you knew before starting college?
AF: I’m thankful that I’ve learned the importance of relationships and their impacts. Nothing is more important than the friendships you make, how they impact your life, and how you impact theirs’. We are foremost here for school and a good education, but make sure you make time for the people. Be so open and let yourself do life with people. You learn so much more from experiencing life than what you can learn from a textbook.