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| I'm a senior and will be graduating this may (2012) with a degree from the School of Public and Enviornmental Affairs here at IU. |
First things first, I came to IU for the sports, period. In that respect I have not been dissapointed. Sure IU hasn't been very good in bball or football while i've been here but this is a Big Ten school. Since I've been here I've seen Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, and Iowa, to name a few, all come to town. Same thing with bball. The IU-Kentucky game my sophomore year was one of the most intense sporting atmopsheres i've ever been a-part off.
As far as academics go I've been challenged, at times, by SPEA. The finance courses, for me anyway, have been challenging but i'll admit there are some classes that are just a joke. I'm taking one right now called "interpersonal communications in the workplace" and it's basically kindergarden for 1 1/2 hours two days a week. SPEA's a good school with good connections in Washington D.C.
As far as the student body goes, if you're not into the whole party/frat scene you may find it a bit rough here, ESPECIALLY if you find those types of people to be annoying. A big problem with IU, i think, is everyone seems so caught up in trying to live out the college experience they've seen on TV or in the movies. All the chicks dress the same. Black slvt pants on, phone in their left hand, and their dockside boat shoes. I swear to god you can just sit on a bench on campus and I guarantee you at least one person in the next 10 that walk by you will have dockside boat shoes on, it's quite...fascinating.
my point is, a-lot of people lack individuality here. It takes a strong person to come to IU and be an individual. Everyone gets so sucked up in the frat/party scene. idk, i'm not that kind of guy.
The town itself is small. I'm from south bend and am more of a city person. so w/eOverall I'd rethink going to IU. I mean i've had my good and bad times down here. But at the end of the day it's your call. do w/e the fck you feel like doing.
|Nov 18 2011|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2012 |
|Not so bright|
| I'm a Junior this year at IU.|
I really love the school but for those of you who may or may not know due to events with in the last few months, the school has been a bit broken spirited. I know a lot of people that have left, and because of national attention, there are a few things that have changed with in the city when it comes to a social life. Just putting it out there, the school is not the same :/
|Sep 22 2011|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2013 |
| IUB is a school for in-state students. This is a top pick for students because their parents attended, they aren't ready to leave home, they are familiar with the campus, etc. |
Academic quality is dependent on your major or degree. Of course, Kelley and Jacobs are the cornerstones of Indiana University. The chemistry department is exceptional.
Bloomington is a fairly large town BY HOOSIER STANDARDS. People from larger cities will disagree. The mall is pathetic. Kirkwood is an interesting place and Bloomington Bagel Company is amazing. The restaurants in Bloomington are good, with some chains (Jimmy Johns, McAlisters, Panera Bread, all the normal fast food chains) and local cuisine (Trojan Horse, Grazie!, Little Zagreb, Scotty's, Mother Bear's). Lake Monroe provides another source of entertainment, although I would not recommend the beach (it is filthy and stagnant). Many folks, including students and people from the area, find a good time in tubing (sitting in or hanging from an innertube pulled behind a boat). WIldlife at Lake Monroe is abundant and the scenery is pretty (you can see John Mellencamp's house from Paynetown, the campground at the lake). However, Indianapolis, Louisville, and Cincinnati are all within driving distance of Bloomington. Spring Mill State Park (pioneer village, hiking trails, caves, nature center) is about 45 minutes south in Mitchell and worth a trip.
Campus is absolutely beautiful, with many old limestone buildings and sprawling lawns. However, the campus is surrounded by the city, which makes it less safe, something to seriously consider before making a final decision on which college you will be attending. Bloomington thrives because of IU. It is a college town, dominated by college kids, although high school students from smaller towns surrounding B-Town (as some call it) flock to the city because of the mall and restaurants.
Bloomington is a basketball town. The fact that the team performs poorly (Bloomington High School South has more basketball talent than the university, with two recent 4A state titles) does not stop Hoosier Hysteria. Football at IU is disappointing but the soccer program is good. IUB has just about every sport, including rowing and bowling. There is bound to be a sport for everyone. The Little 500, a bicycle race and drinking opportunity, is also popular among students.
The weather in Bloomington is drastic, with sweltering, humid summers (non-locals will find the 100% humidity to be horrid, but locals are used to it) and cold, windy, snow-filled winters. Fall in Bloomington is beautiful and the spring is very fair but sometimes full of rain.
TALK to students and alumni before making a final decision. OF COURSE people from the university will tell you everything you want to hear because they want your MONEY. IU is a good school for the right person. Make sure you are 100% sure about your decision before choosing any school.
|Aug 09 2011|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2015 |