Why You'll Want to Pay Attention to the Indiana Promise

After hauling boxes, TVs and furniture up and down un-air-conditioned stairs all day, you have one more ring to jump through on move-in day before you can send your parents off with the illusion you’re about to spend the night unpacking and resting up for your first year at IU. This ring is the Freshman Induction Ceremony.

While the ceremony is completely optional and life would be more comfortable to skip the ordeal of dragging your sweaty family into a formal function, I highly recommend biting the bullet and attending.

The ceremony will include inspirational words from IU big-wigs. Your eyes will get heavy because you’ll be sitting down for the first time all day, but try to keep alert for the Indiana Promise. It’s not just academic mumbo-jumbo, it really illustrates what Hoosiers are all about.

I will be ethical in my academic work.

High school might have just been about getting the grade to get here, but college is about actually learning material to succeed in life. It sure saves time and stress to copy and paste a book title into EZbib.com, but you won’t know how to properly cite something when you’re asked to do it in the real world. Take the time to do your schoolwork ethically.

I will take personal responsibility for what I say and what I do.

This promise might already be put to the test after meeting your random roommate who already stained your new bedspread with an unknown substance. Be honest and take responsibility for problems you cause. It might be difficult, but it’s just growing pains.

I will respect the dignity of others, treating them with civility and understanding.

You just got plopped down in the middle of a cornfield-town with 40,000 other people your age, and they all came with a suitcase packed with their own ideas and opinions. Being surrounded by diversity is such a special and important experience, but it’s equally important to treat everyone the same way you would want to be treated. It’s the Golden Rule for a reason.

About The Author
Lauren McConnellClas of 2013 - English Major and Arts Management Certificate

I'm a student at Indiana University and am very involved on campus! I work as a copy-editor and reporter for the Indiana Daily Student and am an editor for Arbutus. I also have a press relations internship with IU Liberian Collections and am a committee chair for Independent Council, an organization for women interested in philanthropy in a social atmosphere. With all these experiences, I can't imagine spending my college years anywhere but Indiana!