Why IU? That seems to be a common question, especially as I have officially spent more time here than I have left. Looking back on my last 2 years at IU, there are things I've loved, and somethings I might have done differently.
First, I chose IU because of the Jacobs School of Music. Originally, I was going to study music performance. Jacobs is one of the top music schools in the country, and I wanted to come here because of that. My parents liked IU for a different reason; IU gives you the freedom to change majors and still be at an excellent school. They had good reasoning for liking that because I switched majors at the end of my senior year in high school to Arts Management.
My freshman year, I loved IU. It meant freedom (no curfew, no parents, no rules). Not to mention that Welcome Week is a lot of fun, and you make a ton of new friends. I got involved right away, joining the Ballroom Dance Club, and they became a second family to me. I liked my academic program, but I liked school more for the non-academic aspects than actual classes.
Sophomore year rolled around, and I liked IU because I had friends here, I knew what I was doing, and I was involved. There was always something new to do, and I was able to continue to try new things that I hadn't had the chance to my freshman year. Again, most of this was non-academic.
Junior year, wow, time flies. I now have completely different reasons for loving IU. I have some very close friends here, but I'm more academically focused. This year, as I look to grad schools, I'm realizing some of the advantages IU gave me, and I'm also realizing what I did wrong in my search for schools. I'm using what I've learned at IU to help me pick grad schools.
Here are some of the things that I've learned...
IU fits these requirements for me. That's why I'm at IU. I was able to figure out what I like to do and pursue it. I fit in, the culture is what I want, and I get to see my family more than just breaks. There are living options that suit my exact needs and IU has the right work load for me.