When searching for colleges, I wasn’t expecting anywhere to standout to me. If you didn’t already know, I have never been optimistic about the mention of schools so you can imagine my shock when I visited IU and discovered I could actually see myself there.
After that moment, Indiana University became my immediate top choice for schools. I fell in love with everything it had to offer and felt like it could actually become my new home.
Now that I’ve finished my freshman year, I can’t help but get nostalgic about all the people I’ve met and things I’m going to miss about this place.
I don’t think I really knew what to expect when coming to college, but honestly, does anybody? I knew things would be different since I was moving 3 hours away, going to a co-ed school after 4 years at an all-girls Catholic high school and I would be entirely responsible for my well-being and financials.
But honestly, it wasn’t as much as a shock as I thought it would be. I feel like I transitioned unbelievably well and found my place within the large population of 40,000 students.
Were there disappointments? Of course. Were there times I thought my classes were going to kill me (@finite @physics)? That shouldn’t even be a real question. But despite some things that might have gone wrong, attending Indiana University was hands down one of the best choices I’ve ever made. And I am incredibly grateful for so many things it gave me.
I am thankful for the beautiful campus that I got to walk through every single day to attend my classes. While searching for a college my junior and senior year, the appearance of the campus was crucial for me in picking a school. My parents would tell me “what the campus looks like shouldn’t be the reason why you pick a college” but honestly for me, yes it was.
Indiana’s campus reminds me exactly of Hogwarts, with the large limestone buildings and gothic architecture—it absolutely sold me. Additionally, I love all the green space it has, especially now with the budding flowers and trees regaining their leaves. It’s the most beautiful college I know of.
I’m thankful that I can look like sh*t when I go to class and no one cares. This is honestly such a blessing. I went to an all-girls high school and every day, I looked horrible. Coming here, my routine has not changed in the slightest.
Seriously, I look so bad when I go to class, I could probably scare away small children. But I love the fact that it really doesn’t matter what you look like when you walk down the street. There are so many people and so many different personalities, that people wear all sorts of things. Also, I think if I had to put makeup on my face every day, I would combust into flames.
I am thankful for the size. There are so many people here. So many. I could meet a new person every day for all 4 years of college. I love the fact that people come from all over the world to attend IU and that I’m constantly seeing new faces who I would never have seen otherwise.
Along those lines, I am thankful for all the people I have met. After high school, I didn’t know if I would find any people who I truly clicked with as well as the people I had met in high school. Which seems crazy since there are so many people at IU that I was bound to meet at least someone with common interests. It turns out I clearly had nothing to worry about. I found my people.
I am thankful for my roommate, Jessica, for being the best roommate I could have ever had. This whole rooming situation could have turned out SO BADLY because so many people’s rooming situations do. But thank god, it was just like living with a sister. I don’t think we fought about anything, despite me never taking out the trash and leaving the room a disaster. I lucked out.
I am thankful for my floor mates, for being some of the weirdest but most entertaining people I know. I will never forget hauling 8 of them all the way to Cincinnati, just so we could go to Fearfest at Kings Island. What a time. And finally, I’m thankful for the girls I met in my sorority this semester and all the shenanigans we got into this year. I know there will be even more this fall and I cannot wait for more late night drives, early morning pickups, BuffaLouis’ dates and who knows what else, the possibilities are endless.
College wasn’t what I was expecting at all, but it couldn’t have turned out more perfectly.
Until next time, IU.