BLOOMINGTON – Tejas “TJ” Bhatt is pursuing associate degrees in business administration and network infrastructure from Ivy Tech’s Bloomington’s campus. Bhatt is an international student from Gujarat, India and currently serves as director of outreach and publicity for the student government association (SGA).

“This is my 3rd semester as a full time F1 international student,” said Bhatt. “So far, I have had an awesome experience with Ivy Tech. All the classes are good and I have enjoyed it throughout.”

Bhatt is from New Jersey and has extended family in Bloomington. He enrolled at Ivy Tech in fall 2017 because of recommendations from family members who earned Ivy Tech associate degrees and transferred to Indiana University.

“I was looking for the best suitable college for my undergrad in the United States,” said Bhatt. “I want to achieve a good degree so that I can accomplish my goal of starting my own business. Last year I was talking to my family here and they recommended Ivy Tech.”

Bhatt is actively involved in a number of student life groups on campus and is familiar with many faculty and staff.

“Since the very start of last semester, TJ has shown that he wants to get involved with his campus,” said Jack Driscoll, assistant director of student life and support. “He eagerly jumped right into the work of student government and headed an initiative to collect comments from students about what they liked about Ivy Tech and highlighted those comments in a banner displayed during Welcome Week. I’m looking forward to seeing what is in his future.”

Bhatt enjoys cooking, particularly fusion Indian and Chinese cuisine. His ultimate goal is to open his own restaurant.

“After graduation I would like to gain work experience to help me to polish my skills and build my personal confidence in the open market where you find tough competition,” said Bhatt. “Once I’ll have both things I would start my own business and that is my dream I live for. For that, I’ve been working really hard for a long time.”

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.