My first day of orientation this summer was not a particularly good day.
It was hot, I was finally realizing that coming to IU meant leaving my best friends, and my English muffin at the Hampton Inn that morning had been particularly dry.
So when the orientation leaders corralled us into the IU Cinema and forced us to watch an video about the facility’s state-of-the-art design and quality films, I was hardly interested. Sure, the cinema was nice, and it’s great we have such nice technology on campus, but why show a lengthy movie about it at orientation?
Last weekend, I began to understand why. My friend Jessica, a junior at IU who attended my high school, invited me to see the movie Sleepwalk with Me at the cinema with her and her friend.
The experience was fantastic. When the movie began, I could sense a difference in the quality of the sound and the amazing picture.
So, apparently, could the lady next to me, who burst out laughing with joy when the film began.
Like an average teenager, I usually only see mainstream films at my local Regal Cinema. And I certainly attend movies less often than the average teen—perhaps two or three times a year.
So I certainly would not have seen this movie had it not come to the IU Cinema. But I’m grateful I didn’t miss it.
The movie was hilarious, and seeing it with the quality of sound and picture—the way the producers had intended it to be seen—made it especially enjoyable.
I plan to see more films at the cinema in the future, but the experience also reminds me to take advantage of everything the campus has to offer.
Only for one period in my life will I live in a place where countless professional facilities and unique experiences are within walking distance—and often free.
The Dalai Lama comes here. Our art museum was designed by I.M. Pei. The Indiana Memorial Union is the second largest in the world. The Jacobs School of Music boasts 30 ensembles and over 1100 shows annually. The campus is among the most beautiful in the United States.
I don’t want to miss out on anything while I’m here.
Time to get busy.