You Still Have Time Outside IU: Volunteering

The great thing about Bloomington is that it is easy to get involved with the community.  Bloomington has the one of the largest non-profits per capita in the nation.  It is actually only the 2nd city, after New York City, to have at least 1 fully-staffed person dedicated to volunteering in the mayor’s office.  Because of that, it was easy, like me for example, to get involved with one of the soup kitchens in the city like the Bloomington Community Kitchen.  The resources of the website and the place made it so easy for me to connect that I was able to help out all throughout summer a couple times a week.

City of Bloomington Volunteer Network

City of Bloomington Volunteer Network

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Academic/Technological Resources

IU really has one of the best research capabilities that you could ever have for a project that you would work on.  The great thing about being part of a statewide university system is that you have access to all of the IU campuses just from your computer and requesting it online.  Because of the numerous ways in which you might approach your research, IU has already subscribed to so many journals that if you ever wanted to see that study behind a newspaper article, for example, you could do that.

Wells Library

Wells Library

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Resources to Take Advantage Of

Sometime school can be stressful…okay, school is usually stressful, especially during the week preceding an examination, presentation, or really just any deadline.  There are many people to help you de-stress: friends and family foremost.  But IU also has several people/places to help too.

One building for sure that has helped me, both body and soul, has been at the IU Health Center.

IU Bloomington Health Center

IU Bloomington Health Center

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Sochi Olympics = Great Procrastinator

The start of the 22nd Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, has, and will, force me to better manage my time for the next couple of weeks.  It is such a great time to invite people over to my apartment; I usually describe myself as someone more reserved with social outings, but it’s nice to cheer on teams and people in sports that we have never, or rarely, play with others.  You can look on the 2014 Olympics as a political, sports, and social event – basically something for everyone.

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Keeping Up with Family and (Off-Campus) Friends

One thing good about the internet is the ability to more easily interact with your family and friends.  Now, when I mean interact, I don’t mean mindlessly scrolling through their Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr profiles.  It really means having a 2-way interaction, whether it be as “slow” as sending them an email update or as audio/visual as a Skype conversation.

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Bowling!

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).

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Easy to be Part of the Community

bloomington.in.gov

bloomington.in.gov

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.

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Graduate School Discernment

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