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Karan '14

Dallas, Texas
Marketing and Entrepreneurship
Tour Guide, IU Dance Marathon,and Greek Life

My name is Karan and I am from Dallas, Texas double majoring in marketing and entrepreneurship with a minor in psychology. When I visited IU, I immediately fell in love with the campus. Bloomington, to me, is the epitome of College Town, America. There is always a friendly face or helping hand, always something to do, and never a dull moment. Some of my favorite things to do are below.

My Best of IU and B-town Links

  • Best Place to Eat on 4th Street: Siam House
  • Best Place to Hang out Off Campus: Kirkwood Avenue
  • Best Place to Yell Your Heart out and Not Be Judged: Assembly Hall during a men's basketball game
  • Best Place on Campus to Take a Date: Bowling alley in the Indiana Memorial Union
  • Best Part about the Spring Semester: The Little 500
  • Best Way to Make New Friends: Participate in the IU Dance Marathon (IUDM)!
  • Best Pizza Place in Bloomington: Mother Bears

I chose to come to IU for three different reasons: the first was the prestige of the Kelley School of Business. I knew that I wanted to study business, and I also knew that I wanted to go to college outside of my home state of Texas. Kelley’s national recognition, impressive alumni base, and fantastic job placement rates were huge factors in choosing IU. The second reason that I decided to come to IU was because of the Big Ten. I wanted to make sure that I got the full and total college experience, which entailed living in a college town, going to football games on Saturdays and basketball games during the winter, and always being surrounded by a beautiful campus. The campus was the third and final reason I decided to come to Indiana. When I visited, I immediately fell in love with the campus.

Since Welcome Week of my freshman year, I have been actively involved in campus life and activities. My freshman year, I joined the judicial board for my dormitory, became an ambassador for the Kelley Living Learning Center, and became an IU campus tour guide through the Office of Admissions. I am still a part of the tour guide program and am more heavily involved than ever. I also decided to go Greek and I became a brother of Phi Kappa Sigma. I'm currently the philanthropy chair for my fraternity. As a result, I decided to join an IUDM (Indiana University Dance Marathon). IUDM is the second largest student-run philanthropic event in the country which raises money for Riley Hospital for Children. It feels great knowing that all my efforts are going toward a great cause and will benefit kids that truly deserve it. 

IU really allows you to make college what you want it to be, and I believe that every student who attends IU really takes this to heart, which is why IU is such an amazing school.