Not only did Heather (Walters) Thompson, ’02, earn a great education at Indiana State University, but also she created the wonderful life she enjoys now.
“It’s funny how things turn out,” she said. “When I think about it, Indiana State played a major role in who I am and is largely responsible for the life I have today.”
When Thompson first visited Indiana State, she was excited “and a little overwhelmed” at being a college freshman.
“The idea of being away from home and on your own was a little intimidating,” she recalled. “I graduated from Southmont High School in Crawfordsville (Ind.) and there were only 123 in my senior class.”
However, there was never any doubt that she would go to college.
“It never occurred to me not to go,” she said. “My parents put a lot of importance on getting a college education, and I knew it was an important step for my future.”
Thompson quickly made friends when she arrived in Terre Haute and some of those college buddies are still her best friends. Plus, she caught the eye of a fellow student. In September, Aaron and Heather will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary.
“We’re going to Las Vegas with good friends that we met at ISU,” Heather said. The couple now has two sons — Andrew, 8, and Alex, 4 — both avid soccer players like their dad.
A communication major, Thompson is now manager of communications for Hendricks Power Cooperative in Avon and an active community volunteer. She is president-elect of the Plainfield Chamber of Commerce, secretary for Leadership Hendricks County, PTO board member for Hickory Elementary School and a team manager for Westside United FC soccer club.
She also is working on her master’s degree at Indiana State University’s Scott College of Business.
“I really did love my time at ISU,” she said. “I can’t even imagine life without it.”