How I Got Three Credit Hours in Two Weeks: IFS

The fall semester hasn't even started and I've already finished my first college class!  Two weeks before Welcome Week, I came down to IU (from Chicago) to participate in the Intensive Freshman Seminar program. On the IFS website, it is described as, "an amazing opportunity to begin your fall semester two weeks early while earning 3-credits, meeting great friends, learning from one of IU's best professors, and getting used to college life on the IU-Bloomington campus!" That sentence really sums up exactly what the program was. Now, I want to share my IFS experience with you.

I chose to take the class Leaving Teenage Wasteland: Expectations of Adulthood in Literature and Culture. I selected my top three choices and luckily got my first choice. I heard great things about the professor, Dana Anderson, and the course description seemed very unique (as did all of the classes). I loved my class! The students, the intern, and the professor were all amazing! If I could have all of my classes taught by Dana, it would be a dream come true. I guess something bad about IFS is that it's setting the standards really high for how I expect my classes to be!

Now, let me just say that Intensive Freshman Seminar is exactly what it is: INTENSE. There's a lot to in a very short period of time, so the assignments were long. Class went from 9-1 Monday through Friday (some classes met Saturday). During the two weeks, I read four novels (The Catcher in the Rye, Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Glass Castle, and A Fault in Our Stars), wrote long responses each night, and participated in a group project. However, the workload is very manageable because I had so much free time after class. I was able to go out with friends almost every day while still completing the assignment for the day. The picture below is from our class outing to a sculpture park in Indianapolis.

My IFS Class

Having the campus basically to yourself meant that is was easy to go out and explore. I took the opportunity to find out my favorite places on campus (restaurants, study spots, etc.). One of my favorite things we did was go to the Bloomington Farmers' Market on Saturday morning. It was a great way to spend time with people outside of class and it was a nice break from all the cafeteria food (it doesn't get much better in college, sorry). At the end of the two weeks, there was an IFS formal banquet. It was a great way to celebrate the end of the program. There was a lot of food, speeches, performances, and a slideshow that allowed all of us to relive the past two weeks.

For those of you who plan on doing IFS, here's some tips:

  • You can probably get away with bringing almost everything you need for the fall semester if you don't unpack it all. I brought all my clothes (not just two weeks worth), and it fit perfectly in the closets at Foster.
  • Keep your door open! Unless you're doing some serious studying, changing, or sleeping, you should leave the door to your room open because it's a great way to make friends! My dorm was right off the elevators and it became a place where a lot of us would hang out. A photo of my room is below.

  • Do the homework! A great thing about IFS is that you can start out the school year with a 4.0. An A is easily achievable if you do all the required assignments. Time management is very important!
  • Take advantage of the campus! You're here before everyone else, so it's much easier to find your way around. As I mentioned before, I went out a lot and now I feel confident about making my way around campus. Also, it would be a good idea to see where your classes for the fall semester are while the campus is still empty.

These past two weeks were the busiest, craziest weeks I've had in a while, but I can't imagine starting my freshman year at IU any differently.

For more information on IFS, check out this blog post that I read when I was thinking about doing IFS:

The 411 on IFS - Intensive Freshman Seminars at Indiana University

About The Author
Julie NadigFinance and Technology Management Major, Class of 2017

Hi everyone, I'm Julie! I'm a student at the Kelley School of Business, studying Finance and Technology Management with a minor in Spanish. I'm also a sister of Theta Phi Alpha and a member of the Hutton Honors College and Kelley Business Honors.

Have fun reading my blog as I share with you my experiences at Indiana University!