Something beautiful happens in Bloomington just before classes start. Like that streak of lime green that flashes in the sky before the sun sets on the ocean, Bloomington has a sweet spot of fun before fall semester begins. This is welcome week.
For a brief few days, internships and summer minimum-wage jobs are over and homework hasn't started to hit, so students have nothing to do but hangout with friends unseen since May and fall back in love with B-town.
For freshman, this is a crash course in what it means to be a Hoosier. With so many activities happening (University sponsored and not), it's easy to get intimadated and stay hunkered down in your dorm room. Don't. Keep your door open, smile and meet everyone you can. Remember everyone has the freshman jitters and is figuring life out, too.
For upperclassmen, this is our chance to shine. After trying to turn off-campus bungalows circa 1950 into livable Animal Houses the first weekend, the following days are a blank-slate waiting to be filled with trips to La Cha, nights returning to the mothership of KOK, and days watching Shark Week.
Freshman, value your first welcome week. Savor it. Stay up late and get up early. The next four years are about to spiral past you, so hold your breath and jump right in.