Hailee Travioli, ’16, of Terre Haute, Ind., is right where she planned to be after graduating from Indiana State University.
After transferring to her sophomore year, Travioli was not only able to be closer to family and friends while also experiencing college life, she also discovered her passion for working in corrections.
“Indiana State was the place where I took my first steps toward deciding what I wanted to do career-wise,” said Travioli, who majored in criminal justice with a minor in psychology. “It is where I met some amazing people and grew as a person. Indiana State gifted me with wonderful experiences and amazing memories.”
Travioli’s college experience included participation in intramural basketball and flag football, on top digging deeper into her future career.
“I took an interest in criminal justice after reading about some of the careers that were possible and the type of classes I could take. While attending Indiana State, I took multiple classes in corrections and had multiple professors with corrections experiences who helped guide me towards what I wanted in a career,” she said. “I was able to intern with the Drug Enforcement Administration my senior year and even accepted a job at Putnamville Correctional Facility before I graduated. Since then, I have transferred to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.”
In her more than two years working in the Putnamville Correctional Facility, Travioli was named sergeant and was awarded Custody Supervisor of the Year for the state of Indiana as well as various other accolades. At the beginning of 2019, she took a position with the Bureau of Prison’s in Terre Haute.
“My day varies from day to day. I interact with people of different race, ethnicity and a variety of personalities,” she said. “The best part of Indiana State, for me, was the people I met and the opportunity I had to grow as a person. Most of all, though, Indiana State is where I was given the opportunity to find my career.”