Indiana Promise: A Freshman's Perspective

Hello again everyone! The days 'til moving into the Forest Quad are in the single digits now and I am starting to get a bit nervous/excited/scared/happy/ecstatic/frantic...I think you get the point. All these mixed emotions are really starting to affect me, and getting closer to the first day of classes...I am thinking more and more about the Indiana Promise! If you aren't familair with this promise, let me share it with you.

 

The Indiana Promise:

I promise that, I will be ethical in my academic work.
I promise that, I will take personal responsibility for what I say and what I do.
I promise that, I will respect the dignity of others, treating them with civility and understanding.
 

This is a pretty straight forward statement, but I think everyone has their own spin on this promise to make it unique and their own. Here is what I think about each promise:

I promise that, I will be ethical in my academic work.
This isn't something people can really interpret in different ways. It's pretty simple, just do your own work and try your very best so you can move on after college and create the career you want. This may be like beating a dead horse, but there is a reason why everyone tries to pound this in your head. If you turn in a paper someone else wrote, or a math assignment someone did for you...you are only hurting yourself. How are you going to improve and educate yourself (because that is the purpose of college), if you turn in someone else's work? You won't. From what I know, colleges take these things super serious too. It's not just a zero on the test you cheated on, it's losing your chances of getting credit for the classes you have invested (a lot of) money, time, energy in to...it's just not worth it.

I promise that, I will take personal responsibility for what I say and what I do.
This is simple. College is the time to really find yourself and discover who you will be for the rest of your life. Make sure you don't make a fool out of yourself, because first impressions especially last long. Sure, everyone makes mistakes...and that it is better to make these early and learn from them then face a super serious consequence when you maybe don't even deserve it! Mistakes are okay, we are human...but don't keep doing the same thing again and again, after you already faced some consequences, and expect a different result. That is the definition of insanity people! Do you want people to lable you as an insane crazy person? Probably not, actually I hope not. Be as smart as possible, I say that because we aren't all blessed with high IQ's, and take some responsibility! You're an adult now, act like one!!! (Sorry that was more of a rant that anything else, but you got my point, huh?)

I promise that, I will respect the dignity of others, treating them with civility and understanding.
This could be the most important thing in college. You will meet people from around the country and the globe in college. Chances are you and your roommates views could be opposites. That's okay, it's fine to "agree to disagree," just respect them and things should be find. We are all college students so we are all, for the most part, going through the same struggles, new experiences, and mistakes. Doesn't matter who you are, how much money you have, your race, religion, or accent. We are more alike then different, trust me.  So before you start to automatically hate the obnoxiously pretty blonde (we all know what I'm talking about), get to know them!!! Next thing you know you could be best friends and you can go out with them to the games and parties! An open mind will be important this fall, and if you think you are better than everyone and act rude all the time to others, chances are you will be alone in your dorm room watching and IU Basketball game wondering why you are alone. DON'T BE THAT PERSON! Be nice, respectful, and open-minded. I'm going to pull a Nike, and say, "Just do it!" Don't ask why, just do it.

Well if you're still reading, congrats you made it through my opinionated post about the Indiana Promise! If you disagree, AWESOME! We have the right to think differently, so lets respect our differences and become best friends :). See you all on the 15th!!! Thanks for reading and talk to me on Twitter, @pporkchopp, or add me on Facebook! I wanna hear from fellow Hoosiers :).

About The Author
Lauren FeltnerYour Future Eye Doctor

Hi Hoosiers! Lauren here, and ready to entertain and inform you guys! I'm a freshman studying business and also taking pre-requisites for optometry for grad school :). I have lived in Plainfield, Indiana my whole life...and yes it is VERY plain. I have always dreamed of attending IU and I am so excited to be here!  Being the same age as some of you can help because I'm sure we will all have those mental breakdowns and I'm here to tell you: YOU'RE NOT ALONE! We are all in this together, I mean come on...we are HOOSIERS and proud of it. If you ever need someone to talk to please send me a DM on twitter! I'm super nice and easy to talk to :).