The Great (Freshman) Migration

Incoming IU freshman are less than a month from their move-in dates so it’s time to start talking about the big move! It’s hard to think about the fact that in less than a month most of us will be leaving the only home, family, and friends that we have ever known. However, we have to remember that this isn’t the end of the lives we’ve always known, simply the beginning of a new adventure.

While this change is undoubtedly scary, I’m going to share with you some of my tricks to prepping myself for the big move.

Watching my favorite movies

Recently I made the huge mistake of getting Netflix and since then I’ve been re-watching a lot of old Disney movies that I forgot I loved! Little things like this just remind me of all the fun stuff I did growing up.

Eating my favorite meals

When I’m the first person home in the evening I’ll make dinner for the family. I make a point of making each meal something that I love. Small home comforts like this are what I know I’ll miss most. I’ve also been going out with my friends to my favorite coffee shops and restaurants knowing I won’t be back for a while.

Going to the movies with my best friend

Throughout high school I rarely went to the movies, but it’s always been one of my favorite things to do. Throughout this summer, I’ve been to the movies countless times with my best friend. I’ll miss going there come this fall but it will always be one of my favorite things to do when I’m home.

Making my bedroom perfect

I have had the same bedroom my entire life. Yet over the 18 years I’ve been alive, my room has been at least 5 different colors, plastered with countless posters of various boy bands, and innumerable furniture arrangements. It wasn’t until 5 days ago that I sat back, looked at my room, and finally felt like it was just right. I’m looking forward to having a new home this fall, but I’m even more excited to have my perfect bedroom to come home to.

Catching up on TV and books

Over the insane four years that was my high school experience, I managed to lose track of some of the TV shows I love and books I want to read. In my summer downtime, I’ve watched all of Orange Is the New Black, Game of Thrones, most of Dexter, numerous movies, and several great books. Things I’ve wanted to do for years now are finally done, no matter how trivial they may be, it still feels good to get them done.

Moving to Bloomington is surely going to be a change for all of us but it’s nothing we can’t handle. With our support system at home and our new Hoosier family awaiting us, our new lives in Bloomington are sure to be quite an adventure.

Much love,


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About The Author
Eve MendozaArts Management Major, Class of 2018

From a tiny town called Dyer, IN (40 minutes from downtown Chicago). Tattoo enthusiast. Game of Thrones addict. Aspiring Tour Manager. Football/Basketball fanatic. Obsessed with theatre and live music. Hudson and Holland Scholar.