The Final Push: Great Advice for High School Seniors Coming to IU

So we've all come back to school from Spring Break, most of us excited to show off our tans and break out our summer wardrobe. School shouldn't matter right? WRONG!

As tempting as it may seem to just blow off classes and just enjoy the beautiful weather, this is a big no-no. This part of the semester is, if not, the most important part of the semester. This is where the professors are now starting to concentrate on material for the final and pushing for deadlines for your group project (if you're involved in one).

As incoming college freshman, I know most of you have senioritis and are "totally over" high school already. Understandable. However, you must keep your grades up and keep going to class because colleges do pay attention to that. They track your grades all the way to the end of your senior year. Not keeping up your GPA or just deciding to flunk a class cause "you're over it" could end in a loss of a scholarship, or even put you on a academic probation for your first semester at college. And you definitely don't want either of those.

So in order to keep yourself on track, work with groups to help you study for upcoming tests. Try looking for new places to study or e-mail your professor and see if they want to meet you for office hours somewhere outside, like the outside patio of a cafe.

Here are just a few things that you freshmen will not want to miss during the last couple weeks of the semester:

1. Obviously, the beautiful weather in Bloomington. The trees are budding, flowers are blooming, and you'll see more and more people walking, riding their bikes, or running around campus. You'll also spot a lot of people on a blanket in Dunn Meadow just soaking up the sun. Take advantage of how beautiful campus looks on a days like these, you'll miss these sights come summer, trust me.

2. Another obvious one: LITTLE 500. I mean, what more can I say about it? It's basically a national holiday for IU Students and there is so much to do during this week. With concerts, student activities, and of course, the weekend of the bike races, you DO NOT want to miss out on this. As mentioned before, pay attention in class, get your homework done early so that you won't miss out on one of the best college weeks in America.

3. Being able to sit out on the patios of the Bloomington restaurants. Go ahead, walk down to 4th St. and experience some of the culture that the Bloomington community has to offer. I recommend Siam House or House of India. They're both super good and you get a lot for your money.

4. Quite a few of the student organizations host festivals during the spring that usually involve little to no money. Some of them will host free concerts, free speaker forums, or even games for the whole student body to enjoy. So go ahead, rock out to that hardly-known band, listen intently to.

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