Yearly Check-Up

Every year, it's good to check in, look at where you've been and how far you've come. I like to do my yearly revue in March. There are two reasons for this: 1) You're getting close to the end of the school year and you need to know where you are going next year, and 2) March seems to be a decision month for me.

So, where have I been?

Two years ago, I was a senior in high school, and dead set on studying music performance. Then, you have that initial break down and question your college major. For me, the questioning was sparked by dying practice time. I had the realization that I didn't put in the practice time and I really did not want to practice for six hours a day. It just wouldn't work. So, my mom found Arts Management in SPEA (School of Public and Environmental Affairs). We made an emergency trip down to Bloomington and met with the awesome counselors at SPEA. In one day, I found what I wanted to do. I could still stay in the industry, but I could focus on the business side... perfect! I now had a major.

One year ago, I finished midterms in second semester. And I created a list of things that I learned:

  1. Don't bite off more than you can chew. Taking 19 credit hours seems like a great way to get more classes done faster, right? Yeah, not. You're more likely to receive lower grades because you can't and won't spend the necessary time on each class. The homework burns you out.
  2. Keep your friends close. You're away from home, and eventually you get home sick. It doesn't matter how independent you are, it happens. The one and only cure for homesickness (when you cannot get back home) is having a family at school.
  3. Join a club! Joining a club was the best decision I made. It helped me meet people and create a home on campus. Not to mention it made me more responsible... if I wanted to go to practice, I had to do my homework now. Also, it connects you to the school, you have a sense of pride and more school spirit! Plus, the people there keep you grounded in the fantasy world known as college.
  4. Laugh. That seems like such a small thing, and we all laugh right? But don't take yourself too seriously, if you do, it will be the death of you and an enjoyable college career.
  5. EAT! You need food. I'm not saying eat lots of food all the time and unhealthy food. You do need to eat, just make sure you don't get caught up in the day and forget to eat, it's unhealthy and causes problems.

Okay, so where am I today?

  • I am an Arts Management major, and I love my degree.
  • Ballroom dance is my life, and I love it. (My dance partner is awesome too!)
  • My friends are amazing, I don't know what I'd do without them
  • Grades are more important. One thing that I've learned looking into grad school is that C will come back to haunt you
  • SLEEP is my best friend. Keep a regular sleep schedule, it makes a difference.

SO WHERE ARE YOU?! Are you on your way to Bloomington or ready to graduate from IU? Where do you want to go from here?

About The Author
Devyn ManschotArts Management, 2013, Chicago IL

I'm Devyn Manschot, Arts Management Class of 2013 (graduating early! yipee!). Originally from the Chicago area, I've been involved all over campus, from the Hutton Honors college to the Ballroom Dance Club. I love to dance and have a strange affinity for accounting.