that I'm a Junior, I finally feel as if I
can write an adequate review of IU. While the school
has some positive aspects, if I could do it all
over again, I would not have attended IU.
Honestly, this is why I chose to come here. It's
beautiful. No matter what the weather, I am still constantly
surprised at how gorgeous this place is. It looks and
feels like “college.” The town is really cute, but unless
you have a bunch of money to spend every weekend,
you probably won't be able to take advantage of it.
Academics: It feels like high school. Even in upper
level English classes (10-15 students), I am not being challenged.
I've worked with graduate faculty, and they just have not
lived up to my expectations. That being said, there are
some wonderful professors here. But one great professor every year
does not make up for the others. There is a
ton of busy work, and even when you personally meet
with your professors, you don't feel as if you're an
individual. I am also a Psychology major, and these classes
are definitely disappointing. All large lectures, the professors are all
focused on their research, you can just read the book
and come in for the exam and get straight As.
Nice if you're into that, but it's not what I
was looking for.
Student Body: I think this is
the most disappointing part of IU. Yes, there are intelligent,
friendly, interesting people here. But I have had to constantly
seek them out, and that becomes tiring. The overwhelming majority
of the student body has adopted this attitude that partying
is the number one priority and school is just something
you find a way to get around. Remember senior year
of high school when you just did the bare minimum
and then joked about how drunk you were on a
Tuesday night with your friends and forgot about your test
the next day? Yeah, welcome to IU. And don't get
me wrong, I go out, party, drink, blah blah blah.
And it was great for the first two years. But
I didn't expect that to be the main aspect of
my overpriced education.
Financial: Speaking of over-priced....IU has seriously
swindled me out of a ton of money. Their priority
goes to funding in-state students. I lost all financial aid
a year ago, with no explanation. When I went in
to the office to get help and tell them I
didn't understand why I suddenly had to come up with
40,000 dollars a year, they were of no help whatsoever.
You have to constantly fight for aid.
know freshmen really focus on dorms/dining halls when first coming
to college. These things are important, but please remember to
look at the big picture and remind yourself that only
1 year of your life will be spent in these
places. The dorms are generally very good, albeit a bit
depressing after awhile. If you are interested in a sort
of artsy/alternative lifestyle (I'm not really sure how to put
it) PLEASE check out Collins LLC. It was a great
experience and I met many of my friends there. All
of the dining halls are awful, but probably to the
extent that any dining hall is awful in large state
schools. I will never set foot in one again.
Parting ADVICE: If you're looking for the quintessential college experience,
the kind you see in the movies, with a beautiful
campus and crazy parties, then consider IU. If you picture
yourself surrounded by an intellectually stimulating student body and growing
as a student and an individual, I would look elsewhere.
You can do those things at IU, but it will
be a constant battle every semester to seek this experience
out. Unless you are interested in Jacobs School of Music
or Kelley, IU is not worth the money to attend
out of state.