There are many things that I miss from home. I know that one thing that I always had fun doing which relieved my many stresses from my undergraduate life was bowling – at least once a month. I learned of bowling from my father because he was in a league that bowled once a week, and I took it up too. I bowled so much that I got my own bowling ball and bowling shoes (and I’d suggest getting bowling shoes no matter how much you bowl because you’ll probably bowl enough in a year to equal the rental for the shoes).
In Bloomington, Continue reading
Coming from the big city of Los Angeles, it was hard to feel that I really was a part of the community. With Bloomington, both the university and the city felt like just one community, and I really felt a need to give back while I was a graduate student even if this time in grad school was just me passing through for a short time. Fortunately, it was really easy here in this particular city. Many do not know that Bloomington, Indiana, was the first city after New York City to have a municipal department dedicated to community service called the Volunteer Network.
At the beginning of my senior year, I happened to unfortunately be one of those soon-to-be matriculating undergraduates that didn’t know what they were going to do. At the beginning of my undergraduate career, I knew the next 5 years of my life but of course, my path in life changed a couple of times that I never really made an updated 5-year plan.
I applied to various jobs sectors and when interviews never really felt “right”, I then looked into graduate school. I actively asked my friends and family members what they were thinking and given what they knew about me, what did they see me doing (and more specifically what program). I’m really glad that Continue reading
No matter how long you plan to be here, knowing everything that is available to you can only be beneficial to you in the long-run. Before I arrived, I asked (the same) recruiters who encouraged me to pick IUB what I should know when I arrive (i.e. such as places to buy cheap apartment stuff, suggestions for late night eateries, or where to go if I actually wanted to study). After I arrived Continue reading
Because of where IU Bloomington is geographically situated, it is usually only a few hours of driving by car or a quick plane ride to where you need to be. For instance, I had the opportunity of going to the 99th Annual International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Conference in Boston and was able to get heavily subsidized through a scholarship made available for those students that went to this conference. Networking always scared me, but being put into the situation where professionals are constantly trading business cards, it seemed like 2nd nature after those four days that I was even giving them to a couple of strangers on my plane ride back to Bloomington. Continue reading
As someone who lived in one of the most expensive cities (Los Angeles), the difference between what I spent during my undergraduate years at UCLA and IUB was stark. For example, if you went during an inconvenient time during an inconvenient day to the movies, you may spend $15 (which doesn’t include the timed parking which may or may not be free); of course if you went any other time but matinee, you’ll probably be spending $20 per person. In Bloomington, I have never spent more than $8 for a movie.
Now the Continue reading
Indiana University Bloomington (from iugradschool.blogspot.com)
There are some who already knew what they were going to do when they started their undergraduate career. It took me, however, until my senior year. Many of my fellow classmates were frantically going to job interviews, and I reluctantly went to a few, not knowing what my actual passion was.
It was not until I made a list of what was most important to me that I figured that graduate school should be on the list. My family and friends always asked me what I wanted to do, and I always said, Continue reading