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May 23, 2013

What A Year

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I cannot believe how quickly freshman year came and went. The friends and memories I made will last forever. When housing was first released last summer I was pretty disappointed when I found out I was living in Read as I had hoped for a northwest dorm. Luckily the floor I lived on could not have been better. Read Curry 4 will live on with a legacy of greatness for years to come. We all grew together over the year to form one big family with the intentions of continuing next year even as we live all across campus.

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There were many highlights of the year. Tailgates, football games, basketball games, passing finite, concerts, little 500, the list could go on and on. There is always something happening on campus to keep one busy.
When I first applied to IU I did not expect to attend. I had never visited the school let alone the state of Indiana. After looking back on this school year, I can say I made a fantastic decision and have no regrets on anything. I am a Hoosier.

April 21, 2013

Home Stretch

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Happy greatest college week in America to everyone, I hope you all have been safe. It is scary to say only one week of class remains before finals. The semester has truly flown by. The upcoming week is considered “dead week.” As most professors have taught all the material that will be on the final, it is a week of review. I only have two finals during finals week and they are both on Wednesday. Preparing for finals week is all about time management. One must plan their time accordingly in order to do well on their tests. Temptation is always high to say to yourself “the test isn’t tomorrow I don’t need to study yet.” The week itself is spread out and you are allowed two hours for each test. As long as one manages their time well and fully prepares for each test, time allotment will not come into play and high grades will be achieved.

Happy little 500 and good luck to the bikers!

April 4, 2013

Lamp… as in bulbs and shades? No, lamp as in LAMP

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IF YOU HAVE have never heard of LAMP (not to be confused with lamp) before, it stands for the Liberal Arts and Management Program here at IU. A part of the College of Arts and Sciences, LAMP is a program that combines the liberal arts with business. I just finished submitting my application and am crossing my fingers that I am accepted.

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PART OF THE reason I am so anxious to hear back is that it seems like it would be the perfect match since I have varying interests within the liberal arts and believe that having a strong background in business is necessary for any endeavor that lies in my future. Also, our program is one of the best of its kind. Graduates of the Liberal Arts and Management Program at Indiana University tend to be picked up from the most impressive of corporations even before they graduate from college.

THAT HAVING BEEN said, LAMP is highly selective and only admits up to one hundred students to its program each year. Although it is too late for anyone to apply this semester, I would encourage any upcoming freshman or sophomore who has the slightest interest in both the liberal arts and business to look into the program in the fall. I will check back in when I hear something. Here is hoping!

March 21, 2013

Do Stuff. Be Curious.

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I have a quote to share with you all:

“Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. . . . Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. It’s all about taking in as much of what’s out there as you can, and not letting the excuses and the dreariness of some of the obligations you’ll soon be incurring narrow your lives. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.” – Susan Sontag; commencement address to Vassar students

I like to search for quotes from time to time and I found this one last week during break.  It’s nice, isn’t it?  I think it is.  Just consider the first two words:  do stuff.  At first it seems quite bland, but once you read the rest of the quote, the idea of “doing stuff” seems to have more weight to it.  I find myself asking myself after reading this quote:  how often am I actually doing stuff?  Or, in other words, how often am I actually paying attention? As I ponder this,  I find that some days are just full of distractions–my mind will go from one place to the next.  I won’t get anything done.    I wonder why and I realize that perhaps it’s an attention problem — perhaps I’m not paying enough attention.

March 20, 2013

March Madness!

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Hi guys!

Can you believe March is almost over? I cannot believe how fast this past year has gone by! I remember last year at this time, I was sitting in the library at my high school reading the IU freshman blogs when I should have been translating my Spanish homework. Now I’m sitting in bed in the dorm room that I’ve started to call home.

This is the most exciting time of the whole year to be at IU! Not only are our Indiana Hoosiers a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament, it’s almost time for Little 500! It’s the perfect time of the year to watch two classic films. Hoosiers and Breaking Away! If you haven’t seen them…what are you doing with your life?? Go watch them right now!

For those of you who don’t know, Little 500 is a bike race. It’s named after the Indy 500, the annual race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A lot of fraternities and sororities form bike teams and race 500 laps! However, a lot of IU students never even make it to the actual race. Why you ask? Only because Little 500 is the biggest celebration week in the NATION. This year, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are coming to Assembly Hall for the Little 5 concert! The whole campus is basically one big celebration. I’ve even heard of some professors canceling class because they know nobody is going to show up!

This is my first spring on campus, and I could not be more excited. Slowly but surely, the campus is coming alive again. The days are longer and its starting to warm up! Its so hard to pay attention in class when it’s so beautiful outside! IU’s first NCAA tournament game is coming up on Friday, and I just know the whole campus is going to be crazy waiting for a Hoosier victory. March Madness has definitely hit Bloomington! In more ways than one!

ellen <3

 

March 17, 2013

Spring Break 2013

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My first spring break as a college student isn’t at all how I imagined it. Where’s the sun and the sand? All I can see from this window is cloudy skies and snow flurries. I decided (more like had no choice) to go back home to Indianapolis for spring break this year. I had forgotten the cardinal rule of being a college student when a break is approaching: save your money. If I’d done that I could be in Cali right now, but no I’m in dreary Indy counting the days until I can get back to Bloom. Next year will be different I am going  some place I’ve never been before and experiencing new things. That is, after all, what college is about. Anyway, you live and your learn.

Until next time……..

February 27, 2013

Sooooo Close!

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Hey guys!

AH! The end of the year is sneaking up on us so fast! Spring break is just a little more than a week away, and then there’s only like a month of school left! Where’d all the time go?? I know you all are getting ready for your end of the year activities, but don’t forget college is just around the corner!

I thought I’d tell you guys some of the things I was doing to get ready for college at this time last year.

1. I took a visit! IU is beautiful in the spring. Schedule a visit in April and come see your future home! Better yet, if you know a student on campus try to come stay with them. You’ll get to experience IU through the eyes of a student, not a guest.

2. I started making lists. I LOVE lists. I made lists about what clothes I wanted to take to school, which clothes I still needed to buy and odds and ends that I needed for dorm life. I made one other list that has stuck with me all year! A freshman bucket list! I highly recommend that you all do this too. Make a list of all the things you want to accomplish in your first year of school. Then do them!

3. I trolled the IU website. Seriously, it’s never too early to start learning about everything IU offers. I even found out what classes I needed to take for my major so I would be ahead of the game when it came time to schedule classes. You can never be too prepared!

4. I enjoyed myself. At this point, most of you already know where you’re headed next year. Take this time to enjoy your last few months of high school! College is fantastic, but it is nothing like high school. It gets a LOT harder, you guys. So enjoy the time you have left! It’s midterms time in Bloomington right now, and I know we all wish we could have Senioritis again!

5. I started collecting IU gear! My high school’s colors were blue and white. So I needed a wardrobe change. Now I have lots and lots of red! Go HOOSIERS! :]

If I can give you any parting advice, it’s this. Don’t wish your time away. From here on out, things move so fast. You’ll blink and you’ll be almost finished with your first year of college. Life is a whirlwind, but please enjoy every second!

ellen <3

 

February 25, 2013

Knowing When to Say “No”

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I USUALLY LOVE saying the word “no.” Whether it be to a too-out-there-to-wear shirt on a rack at Anthropologie or to the many men on this campus who spit on the side of the road for reasons unknown to me.Unknown

WHAT I DO not like saying “no” to is to any type of opportunity, especially to a club, program, or internship that I know I would really benefit from.
This week I had to say it to the AIPAC Policy Conference. AIPAC, or the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, holds a conference annually in Washington, D.C. to further strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship. Fifteen thousand advocates for the State of Israel usually attend in addition to numerous U.S. congressmen and women and world leaders.

I WENT TO the conference for the first time my sophomore year of high school and felt chills when I realized how many Americans work to make sure Israel has an ally in our nation. This is the third year I will not be in attendance and I can only guess at how much I will be missing out on.

BUT SAYING “NO” can be a good thing, as I have realized. It can prevent you from being stretched out too thin and instead, force you to focus on the quality of your work rather than the quantity of your accomplishments. Either by deciding for or against attending the AIPAC Policy Conference, I would missing out. I can rest a little easier knowing that what I am gaining is the ability to step back from the buffet line when I have filled my plate to the brim.

February 22, 2013

Why am I going to college?

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I’m here to expand my knowledge about things that I’m interested.  That’s basically it.  A part of me wants to think that that’s a feeble reason, and though it’s not completely clear to me why a part of me wants to think that, I suspect part of it has to do with the fact that I’m feeling a little bit social pressure to have a more complex reason for going to college. It’s silly, isn’t it?  But that’s just how it is.  I didn’t go into IU with a whole career plan in mind or an idea of where I’d be in 10 years.  Though these are certainly not bad things to be thinking about, I choose to not think about them too much simply because I fear that I will become too fixated on this notion that the sole purpose of each and every day is to build a foundation for tomorrow and, as a result, begin to forget about enjoying myself in the moment of things. I realize that that is a pretty ambiguous way of putting things, but I’m not entirely sure how else to word it.  So, fingers crossed that most readers will have a reasonable sense of what I’m meaning to say.  Also, in a way, I think going to a class is like attending a feast!  There are so many things to bite into, chew on and savor.  Knowledge is nourishment and, boy, do I love food.  After every class–meal–there is a sense of fullness and completeness that I truly love.  Indeed, I like to think that I’m going to college for this reason.

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