Abby Copeland enrolled in her first college course through the SPAN Division as a sophomore in high school to continue her study of Chinese. She continued to take courses and got involved on IUPUI’s campus before receiving her high school diploma. She would commute from her school in Zionsville to take her courses. 

“I think it really was the best decision I've ever made,” Copeland said. “I was definitely super intimidated my first day, and it took me a little while to figure out how college worked, and I have some embarrassing stories like I couldn't find my class when I was 15, but it's just a really wonderful experience. If you're not afraid to take the leap, then I think it really pays off.” 

Now, Copeland is a student at UC Berkeley studying Chinese and political economy and hoping to pursue a career in finance, sales, and trading. This summer, she is gearing up for an internship at Standard Chartered Bank in New York in their sales and trading division focusing on business in China.  

“I'm going to be using the skills I learned at SPAN in my classes to kind of bring my expertise about China to their division, which is really exciting,” Copeland said. 

During her time at IUPUI, Copeland took all the Chinese courses the School of Liberal Arts offered and even became a TA for one of the courses, being one of the only high school students to do this in the Chinese program.  

“I'm just so grateful to the SPAN program for providing me with all these opportunities,” Copeland said. “I would never be able to survive Berkeley or get the internships I did today without the program.” 

According to the SPAN Division website, 1,900+ students have taken classes since 2005, and over 12,000 credit hours have been taken. Watts and Copeland are just two of those 1,900+ students positively impacted by SPAN. Through their numerous programs providing opportunities for high school students, the SPAN Division makes an impact and contributes to student success within DUE.

SPAN provides the opportunity for motivated high school students to get started on their college education or take courses unavailable at their local high schools. 
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