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Coming to IU from Chicago, I knew it would be a big adjustment but I was ready to take the leap out of my small, all girls high school into a huge school like IU. I noticed that almost everyone is from Indiana or Chicago and everyone basically had their group of friends from high school. Saying that, it was challenging to make friends who aren't on your floor and I found that to be a bit of a struggle, as I didn't really click with most of them. However, the party scene was great- not one weekend went by that I didn't know about a party or didn't have something to do. I got involved in club volleyball but noticed that was a bit cliquey so I switched to inter-murals and had a complete blast. Classwork was actually challenging. After not having to try in high school, it was refreshing to have to actually put effort into my papers and studying. The dorm I stayed in had air and our bathrooms got cleaned everyday which is nice and unusual, as most bathrooms only got cleaned once a week. Bloomington is one of the poorest cities in the nation but the campus is no reflection on that. The college and buildings are just gorgeous and historical and I had no idea the town was so poor until I ventured out. Campus is generally safe, although one Saturday night I found a girl in my dorm's elevator who had been raped coming home from Kilroys, the on-campus bar. Be sure to always walk in groups at night and you'll be alright. Overall- I loved my time at IU and it's disappointing I only was able to stay one semester due to tuition rates being incredibly high for out-of-towners. I loved every second that I was there. College is what *you* make it.
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