the cliche: IU, like any school, is what you make
Last year, I hated being here. While
some of the comments here are pretty scathing, I can
relate and commiserate. To be blunt, there are many
students here who are just plain dumb (I had to
explain what a “Democrat” is to a group of particularly
dimwitted girls in my soc class), and are primarily here
to copycat their MTV reality show role models. With
their popped pink polos and below average IQs, many have
no desire to learn anything, genuinely be enlightened by what
higher ed has to offer, and put the most emphasis
on “going out” (a phrase I have come to loathe
every time I hear it) nightly. College is simply
a social rite of passage to some. How some
of these people were even admitted is beyond me.
thoughts on the faculty. Some are outstanding—genuinely interested in
each student in a class of 500+—and others are apathetic
so-and-so's who let their pompous grad student assistants do all
the work. The infamous saying “Those who can't do,
teach,” sadly, seems to apply to a number of the
profs here. They seem to be knowledgeable, but could
give a rat's tail as far as learning your name,
let alone keeping track of your progress (or structuring their
class to include more creative endeavors than mind-numbing busywork).
No challenge whatsoever as far as classwork is concerned.
And, to the typical party-going inebriate (which, again, makes up
a fair amount of the student pop), that is fine.
However, complains aside, you will find many of these traits
at any college... other than most small, liberal arts schools.
Incidentally, that is where most transfer students from IU
seem to head. But, after a semester of adjustment,
I really have come to appreciate the diversity of such
a large school (though it tends to be racially homogenous)
and many of the benefits of going here. The
Kelley Business School is one of the top in the
nation, and the School of Music is number one in
the country (yes, even over Juliard). Journalism and classics
are also of strong repute. Honestly, if they made
it more selective, it would really be a premiere school.
Bottom line, it offers something for everyone, regardless of
desired career path. Sporting events are as exciting as
any Big Ten event would be, and the traveling shows
(with Broadway performers) that visit are unmatched, as are the
numerous celebrities who appear to speak or perform each year.
And the scenery is stunning.
And, for every drunken
numbskull that plagues campus, there is at least one cool
person with whom you have more in common than you
could believe. Rest assured, you will find a close-knit
group of friends relatively easily, just give it time and
patience—the plethora of extracurricular activities IU offers will put you
with like-minded people right off the bat. Though Bloomington
is pretty Podunk, you can still find stuff to do
with your friends. Whether that “stuff” includes watching movies
or playing video games, seeing a show in IU's very
own opera house, eating at one of the five-star downtown
restaurants or, yes, even getting drunk at a frat.
All in all, I like IU. Although I
do plan on going to a more prestigious university for
grad school. Most of the cons of going here
will be found at any large college, but if you
remain open-minded, the benefits of taking advantage of all the
pros will be yours for the taking.