Best Decision I've Ever Made - Enrolling at IU

Maddie and her friends in front of the Sample Gates at IU BloomingtonFor my first post, I would like to write about why I chose IU. It's that time of the year again, when students are eagerly making their way to Bloomington for orientation, taking photos for their student ID, and registering for all those annoying freshman classes (yes, I'm referring to Finite). It has me feeling nostalgic. For some, choosing a college is an easy decision. They follow in their family's footsteps or have been set on a school for their whole life. For me, it wasn't so easy. Making decisions is EXTREMELY difficult for me. I struggle picking out an ice cream flavor. So, naturally I took my time making a college decision.

I wanted the whole package. I didn't want to settle for a school where there was only one benefit--like my major's program or gorgeous weather. I applied to about ten schools, IU being the first, and didn't decide until April 30th--the commitment deadline. Coming from a competitive high school, it was hard for me wrap my mind around the fact that IU was a backup for many of my fellow peers. Everyone at my high school applied to IU as a "safety" school, just in case they didn't get in to their first or second choice. I myself was torn between IU, Wisconsin and UT Austin. But when it came down to it, IU just felt right.

In the end, you just have to concentrate on yourself and the atmosphere you can see yourself in. I wanted a school with opportunities to volunteer, join clubs, and get all decked out for a football game. A place where I could meet new people with a variety of interests and talents. Although I didn't focus on it as much, I did some research on my major (Journalism) and found out that IU had a great school for it. After attending IU for 2 years, I am convinced that I made the best decision.

IU is the WHOLE package. Beautiful campus, plenty of quality educational programs, Greek life, big sports, school spirit--this list could go on. I took one look at Kirkwood, Sample Gates, and the Arboretum and knew this is where I wanted to be. So to all of you incoming Hoosiers, make the most of orientation and get ready for a crazy adventure!

Here are some posts from some other IU students sharing their thoughts about why they chose IU.

About The Author
Maddie GlennJournalism Major, Class of 2015

Hello folks! My name is Maddie and I'm super excited to be a blogger for WeAreIU! Being a Journalism (and Psychology) major, it seems like I have experience writing in every other style except blogging. So I thought I'd give it a try. I'm going to be a junior at IU this fall. It blows my mind to think I only have 2 years left!

There are so many things I want to do in my last few years. This past winter, I joined a sorority--Alpha Gamma Delta. My sisters have already made such a huge impact on my life, and I'm counting down the days till I get to live with them on NoJo! I also write for the IDS and IU HerCampus. I would like to continue exploring my writing passion and get involved with more journalism related student organizations. In addition, I volunteer at PALS, a therapeutic riding center, and I am a part of the IU Equestrian Team. This year I hope to get more involved with the team and compete in some shows!

Here's to making the most of my precious time left here at this wonderful school! I hope I can give you a glimpse of everything it has to offer!