For those of you that have already made your college decision, Congratulations and for those of you that have not yet, you still have plenty of time to decide. I am going to talk about how I made my decision to come to IU!
I went on college visits to places I was interested in and researched things like majors, student life, cost, etc.. starting in my junior year of high school. Well that's when I actually got serious about it. I had always been into finding information on different colleges starting in like the eigth grade. Hey it's never to early to start! In my senior year of high school, I applied to Purdue, Missouri, Penn State, and IU of course! I sent in my applications as early as I could, which I highly recommend doing because it is a lot less stressful. IU has rolling admissions which means they will let you know a decision a few weeks after your application has been sent in. I still remember the day I got my acceptance letter from IU. It was Friday September 9th, 2010 and I was so excited because I got an email from them saying I was in! (The official packet arrived on Monday). It was my first acceptance and I was relieved because at least I would be going somewhere. Over the next few months, I got letters from the other places I had applied to. I got accepted everywhere I had applied to, which was awesome, but then came decision time.
When deciding, I thought about things like cost, location, majors, activities, oppourtunities that would be available to me, and student life. It came down to Purdue and IU because I wanted to stay in state (I decided Penn State and Missouri were too far), and I know they are rivals, but I liked them both! Also I had lived for nine years in West Lafayette (our house was only about 5 minutes from the Purdue campus) so I was familar with the place.
Obviously I picked IU, but how did I decide? It came down to the fact that in terms of the whole student experience, I thought IU was the best choice for everything I wanted (and I was right!). I liked how they did not make you decide what you wanted to major in right away and there are plenty of majors to choose from! There is even an Indiviualized Major Program where you can create your own major. There are so many fun and interesting classes that they offer, that even though I have picked my major, I am still going to explore and take some fun classes. There is also plenty to do on campus and in Bloomington. We also have SO much school spirit, which I will describe in later posts (Go Hoosiers!!!!)
I would advise you all who are still trying to make a decision to really think about what you want in a college and find the best one for you. This is (hopefully) only a decision that you get to make once in your life, so choose the best college for you not what others think is best. A good resource to finding out about student life at a college, is to check out Facebook! They have group pages with information with everything from freshmen programs to events happening on campus to people looking for roommates. I have posted some useful links below that might help:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/We-Are-IU/205077202916628 (Check out out Facebook page!)
Also reading blogs (like others on this website) can show you what a school is really like from the students' perspectives. Good Luck!!