My name is David and I'm a freshman from Cincinnati, Ohio studying voice in the Jacobs School of Music. I chose IU as my college because it's one of the few places around the country that provides a true conservatory-style music school experience with the resources and academic diversity of a big state school. There is plenty to do on and off campus at IU and in Bloomington and below are some of my favorite places.
My Best of IU and B-town Links
- Best Daily Coffee Stop: City Bakery on 3rd and Jordan
- Best Place to Study on Campus: Simon Music Library
- Best Weekday Evening Activity: Swing Dance Club!
- Best Weekend Breakfast: Runcible Spoon
- Best Place to Run: South Campus (around Bryan Park and Southeast Park)
- Best Study Spot Off Campus: The back room of Soma Cafe
Since I got to campus last August, I've tried to get involved. During the early weeks of first semester, I went to a job fair in the Union and applied for a job with the stage crew at the Musical Arts Center building sets for the operas and ballets. It's been a great way to be involved in the productions. I participated in the opera chorus of Der Rosenkavalier for the first part of my second semester. I can't wait to be involved in other productions in the future.
Making IU my home has been a lot easier with the help of my voice professor, Timothy Noble. Prof. Noble paired each of the freshmen in the studio with a mentor, just to make the transition easier. Another activity I'm involved in on campus is the IU Swing Dance Club. We meet on Mondays in the Indiana Memorial Union (IMU) for lessons and open dancing. It's been an absolute blast so far, and I'm really looking forward to being in the club for the next four years. I completed the beginner lessons last semester and I'm doing intermediate lessons and learning the Charleston right now! It's so much fun and a great way to spend my Monday nights.
I love being at IU and my time here so far has really shown me that it's not hard to make a big place like IU seem small. My first year has been absolutely wonderful, and I'm excited to see what the rest of my time in Bloomington will bring!