Summertime Sadness: Missing IU

 In high school, summer vacation was what everyone looked forward to, and we would have made it longer if we had our choice. But this summer was different: I was ready to go back to school a month ago! Last week I had a Twitter conversation with a fellow Hoosier who was missing Bloomington. This past weekend I met up with some of my friends from IU, and we all agreed that we were missing Bloomington. Yesterday, I ran into another IU student who said he was also missing Bloomington. What's the theme here? WE ALL MISS BLOOMINGTON. I haven't talked to a single IU student this summer who isn't ready to get back on campus (if only school work didn't have to be involved). Trust me freshmen, you will know this feeling next summer. Sadly, we still have 28 days until the official move-in day. So, I'm dedicating this post to what I miss most about IU. I hope you enjoy! 

1. My friends 

You develop a second family when you're away at college, especially if you live in the dorms. Your friends become your support system, and you see them every day for 10 months, so of course you will miss them during the summer months! I am happy that I got to reunite with some of my Bloomington family this past weekend, even if it was only for a short time. 

2. Forest Dining Hall

This place is king of the food courts, especially when you've eaten Wright's burritos for a few too many days in a row and need to switch it up. I mean, Forest has steak. That's all that really needs to be said. Visit the RPS website to see what else they have to offer!

3. The Sample Gates

Campus looks gorgeous during every season. But, winter is my favorite. I love it so much that I don't even mind walking 15+ minutes in bitter cold temps...okay, maybe I mind a little. Make sure to snap lots of pictures of the Sample Gates, and other lovely spots on campus, because IU is known for it's famously beautiful campus. The snowy version below is one of my own. 

4. Pizza 

Okay, I know this is my second time mentioning food, but Bloomington's pizza choices are excellent. The best part? They all stay open late to aid those midnight cravings or cram sessions. My personal favorite is Aver's, but Pizza X and Mother Bears are close behind. Also, the only way to do Bloomington pizza is ordering a meal deal with a bunch of friends. It's a sin not to. 

5. IU Sports

Bloomington wouldn't be as fun without its dedication to its sports teams. The pre-party is always a blast, and nothing is better than having an excuse to get all decked out in Hoosier attire. Win or lose, we love our Hoosiers!

Now, I will spend the rest of the evening wishing I was back in Bloomington. Let the countdown begin! I'd love to hear some of your favorite things about IU/Bloomington, so feel free to leave a comment and share them!

About The Author
Bailey BriscoeJournalism, Class of 2017

I am a freshman majoring in journalism at the wonderful Indiana University.

I have a strong passion for any type of writing and an equally strong love for my school. Food and fashion are my other loves.

I am so excited to share my experiences and thoughts with you all, and hopefully you'll find them somewhat interesting!