Aside from great academics, research opportunities and a top Gender Studies doctoral program (if I do say so myself) at Indiana University, there is another place in Bloomington that has stolen my heart.
You’ve read a million chapters, completed assignments, and conquered your email inbox. What’s next?
College football Saturday is here. Put on your cream and crimson and grab your student ID (I’m assuming you already purchased your student season tickets). Walking to the stadium be sure to stop by tailgates hosted by departments, graduate student groups, and fellow classmates. Play a round or two of cornhole and begin your walk into the stadium.
Often graduate students become isolated in their research and work, it’s nice to take a Saturday and enjoy some football. I realize that football may not be everyone’s cup of tea…so college basketball is just around the corner.
Take all of this with a grain of salt as these are the confessions of a PAC 12/ Trojan alumna.
If you are checking out this post, you should be scheduling a trip to Bloomington soon! Indiana University Bloomington has high caliber academics and a vibrant campus life and community.
If you are a fanatic sports fan, join us at the football tailgates and basketball game watches. Don’t forget to buy your season tickets to see the game live too! You will love the atmosphere in Assembly Hall. WOW! The cheers and screams exhibit our school pride! Also, don’t forget our championship soccer and baseball teams. Most sports events are free of charge for students!
If you aren’t into sports, the world-renowned Jacobs School of Music has amazing ballet and opera productions. Watching a show in the Musical Arts Center is like being at the Metropolitan in New York City. Really! Don’t believe me, come and check it out yourself! Also, our IU Auditorium has traveling Broadway shows and concerts, and don’t forget the Union Board events in the Indiana Memorial Union. I’m watching a movie there tonight in Whittenberger Auditorium!
A short stroll off-campus through our front door – the Sample gates – brings you to Kirkwood Avenue. A downtown vibrant with ethnic food, nightlife, shopping, and leisure activities is a good excuse to take a break from studying. Festivals and events line the streets during the spring, summer, and fall. Don’t forget the Farmer’s Market at Shower’s City Hall.
If you are an outdoors person, go hiking in our rolling forests and watch the leaves change colors in the autumn. Brown County, one of Indiana’s most beautiful places in the fall, is only a short drive away. Check out boating and fishing at our lakes, and if you are a novice, check out and be a member of IU Outdoor Adventures.
IU and Bloomington is filled with fun activities to keep you busy! Come for a visit and you will feel right at home! See you soon and GO IU!
Imagine this scenario: It’s crunch time, in multiple ways; you might have a paper or a group project that needs to get done ASAP, or you might actually have the munchies. What better of a way to continue to procrastinate on the former, and satisfy the latter than to go out to eat? Continue reading
Nature, art, and microbrews are just a few minutes away in Nashville, IN. This quaint little town is located about 15-20 minutes west of Bloomington in Brown County. I especially love going to Nashville, IN 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.
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And on Saturday, the graduate gods said, “Let there be socializing!”
Graduate school can be a difficult balance between academics, professional, and personal responsibilities. My life, right now, is going to class half a day, going to work at my assistantship in the other half of the day, and then taking care of myself after 5 p.m.–working out, grocery shopping, cooking dinner, and studying. I feel like I am constantly on the move 5 days of the week! But it is just as important Continue reading
For those who enjoy large, bustling cities, Chicago is only a short drive away. On a recent trip to the windy city, only over three hours drive from Bloomington, I enjoyed a dinner, theatre, shopping, and cultural! Firstly, I enjoyed dinner at Russian Tea Time before laughing out of my seat watching The Book of Morman at the Bank of America Theatre around the corner. After a wonderful night of music and food, Chicago’s Magnificent Mile has all the shopping to offer plus the Christmas spirit at the ice-skating rink in Millennium Park. Thank goodness the weather wasn’t too cold, windy, or snowy … Chicago can be brutal with all three. My day was also accompanied with culture with a dim sum lunch in Chinatown and tacos in La Villita. With only a short drive from Bloomington, Chicago offers a change of pace to students who are looking for a weekend away. Don’t forget to stop by near by Indianapolis along the way!
The combination of mentoring and the lack of classes has made me look into being a PI (primary investigator AKA a professor at a university) with a different light. I have made the switch in my career interests and I’m very happy about it. It means a few different things as far as what I have to do in the future but its OK because I love what I do and I’m sure I’ll love that too. It is never too late to change your mind on what you will be doing for the rest of your life. Do what you would do for free, but get paid for it. Happy holidays
This past week I spent the week in Las Vegas for the annual conference for the Association for the Study of Higher Education or ASHE. I had the honor and privilege to present to a room full of my colleagues, got great feedback, and had a ton of fun. Here are some photos from my time in Las VegASHE! Enjoy.