IU Beginnings: Why You Should Do It!

As a prospective Freshman, or perhaps an overly curious high school student, you've probably heard about the First Year Experience and the IU Beginnings and wondered what EXACTLY that entails. IU Beginnings is a program designed to help develop connections with current freshman through trips and various activities. 

From hiking and canoeing to exploring the streets of Chicago, IU Beginnings trips help foster friendships with people who share similar passions with you. These trips occur the week before you move in, so no worries about missing class! (If you are an ambitious student like myself.)

For my IU Beginnings trip, I chose the "IUB Cultured" trip, opting to explore Chicago through various forms of art, such as music, theater, architecture, and even cooking! My classmates and I met with notable IU alumni working with the arts in Chicago, as well as attending various performances, including an outdoor performance put on by the  Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a performance of the smash-hit musical "The Book of Mormon!" Along the way, I made friends with amazing students who also shared an interest in the arts. 

Looking back on my trip, I realize just how influential these new friends have been on my life. Thanks to them, I have been discovering new interests I had previously never considered. We all still stay in touch and we are active in many of the same activities together, despite our varied backgrounds. For me, the IU Beginnings trip made me more excited and comfortable with the idea of college life and making friends and it was an experience I won't forget. 

Enjoying "American Gothic" in Chicago with IU Beginnings!

For more about IU Beginnings,  FYE (First Year Experiences), and other experiences to help you adjust to life in college, be sure to check out these posts:

How I Got Three Credit Hours in Two Weeks: IFS

5 Reasons I'm Incredibly Grateful for my IU Orientation Experience

Finding your Hoosier Home After All  


About The Author
Ciara DollStudent Blogger


My name is Ciara Doll and I am student of the Class of 2017 studying Journalism, Environmental Management and Telecommunications.

Writing and traveling are my life! I love exploring new ideas and different cultures both inside and outside the U.S. In my free time, I write, read, make films and constantly update my social media outlets. When I'm not writing for various media publications on campus, I am a member of the IU Dems, and the INSCG.  

Indiana University has given me amazing opportunities to further explore my passion for filmmaking and journalism as well as provide me with valuable experience about life and living on my own. 

Feel free to ask me any questions about IU or college life in general -- I would LOVE to help! 

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