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I love everything about my school. A lot of people may think that this is a school that is too big for them, but honestly I can't make it one day without seeing at least 4 or 5 people that I know. The key is getting involved, whether that is in a varsity sport, intermurals, joing a club or by going Greek.
Being at a large school like IU has innumerable advantages; there are thousands of things to do, ways to get involved, and people to meet. Despite the stereotypes, there is a lot of diversity of interests at IU (I, for one, have never been to an IU basketball game, and I'm not ashamed to admit it). The town of Bloomington itself has amazing cultural opportunities - we get a lot of great bands at the Buskirk-Chumley, a local downtown theater. Although being at a large university means more bureaucracy and red tape, it also means there are more administrators trying to make you happy. My experiences with student government have shown me that administrators are more than willing to take student input into consideration when forming educational policies.
The best thing about IUB is the people you get to meet. I've met so many wonderful people who share common interests as me. It's large but the large campus allows you to explore your many oppurtunities. When I tell people I go to IUB they automatically assume that I'm a huge partier, which is far from the truth. I spend a lot of time in my residence hall hanging out with my friends or studying. Bloomington is a very lovely college town. That's what made me come here in the first place. Kirkwood is a really neat place to go to get food, hang out, and shop. There is a lot of school pride here at IUB. There are plenty of fans at the sporting events and people seem to rally well for certain events. The IU Purdue football game in 2007 is a memory that will never leave me, we won. Smoking on campus is a huge complaint, something that was supposedly aboloished, however, students still smoke on campus.
The best thing about IUB are the choices. But the one thing I would change would be equal financial aid to programs. I believe some programs, such a business, recieve more money, whereas other programs do not get that same luxury. I think IUB is a little too big, but this fact does not bother me. When people find out I go to IUB they are suprised becuase most people imagine me going to a small fine arts school instead. I spend most of my time in my dorm and classes. I go out on weekends but I stay fairly close. I have a problem with the administration and the weather here. There have been many days that school has continued even when there is a thick layer of ice on the ground and people are falling and hurting themselves. The most recent controversy on campus has been the scandal and firing of Kelvin Sampson, the boy's basketball coach. There is a lot of school pride here. Everyday I will be walking to class and notice a bunch of students wearing IU shirts.
There are so many great things about IU. The campus is absolutely gorgeous and looks breathtaking in the fall or after a peaceful snow. Though it is such a huge school, it has a way of feeling small as you get to know the people you live with, go to class with, and pass every day on the way to class. I spend a lot of time on campus in the Memorial Union, whether I'm grabbing a meal or some coffee or doing homework. Bloomington is also a great college town, with lots of shops, restaurants, and bars downtown. With so many people and so much going on, you'll always be able to find something to do.
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