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Crossing off the list

I don’t need to repeat every cliché in the book to tell you college goes by fast. It seems one minute I was checking into my room in Read Hall and saying good bye to my parents as they dropped off an additional (much-needed) fan, and now I’m on the precipice of senior year, examining the time I have left in Bloomington and considering all the things I’d like to do with it.

But now also seems as good a time as any to look back on what was an unbelievable junior year, in which I crossed more than a …

Valuable Experiences

I had such an amazing experience today. Shawna, the Unit Director of the Crestmont Boys and Girls Club where I work, asked me to represent the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bloomington at the Nonprofit Alliance’s Annual Media Round Table event. I was able to formulate a story idea and pitch it to some of the top media experts in Bloomington from Bloom Magazine, the Herald Times, WFIU and WFHB. The panel of experts then gave each nonprofit representative feedback on their story pitches and great tips about how nonprofits should successfully interact with and use the media to …

Conquering Fears

A few weekends ago I did one of the scariest things I’ve ever done. I volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization that helps build homes for families in need. I assumed I’d be hammering siding onto the house or painting the walls. I was wrong. Instead, the build manager assigned me and a group of 12 other young people to our own project. Under the house. This wasn’t a basement or even a crawl space. I would have been fine working in either one of those. This was actually the little bit of space from the ground …

All Work and Some Play

Finally we reach the long-awaited Thanksgiving break. At IU, we always have to go 13 straight weeks without a break in the fall. So by the time we reach this point in the semester, everyone is itching to go back home. What makes this year even sweeter though is that, unlike previous years, we get a whole week off for Thanksgiving break. It’s a nice change and it makes IU unique. No other schools in Indiana that I am aware of do this because my friends at Purdue of Ball State still have classes for the first two days of …

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

It may not be Christmas yet, but it’s arguably the most beautiful time of the year in Bloomington.  Here at IU, we’re lucky enough to admire the beautiful, glistening colors of the autumn leaves overlooking the Jordan River on a daily basis.  With such a busy schedule, it’s nice to relax and admire the fall scenery.  Here’s a short video of part of my daily walk through campus.

Despite the summer drought, you can see autumn colors are in full force.  I’ve been lucky enough to see many beautiful sites in the world, but fall in Bloomington is truly up …

Driving in Bloomington

Maybe this will come as a surprise, but driving in Bloomington is nothing like driving everywhere else. Or maybe I have it backwards and driving in Las Vegas is completely different from the rest of America. But ever since my father brought my car up here in late September, I have been trying to commit to memory which streets are one-way (and which one way they go) and struggling to overcome my almost innate fear of parallel parking that is more or less a foreign notion in Nevada.

Bloomington to me is like a strange, driving-otherworld. At some indeterminate time …

‘No place in the world like Indiana’

Fall is one of the best times of year in Bloomington.

When the leaves start changing in Dunn’s Woods, the campus and city are shown off at their most beautiful.

It reminds me of my first visit to campus during Homecoming weekend 2008. Strolling through campus, I knew I was meant to be a Hoosier.

But as hard as I try to explain what I cannot — that IU has become a second home — I can never hope to do so as well as the late Ernie Pyle, one of the best remembered journalists of the 20th century and …

World Music at Home (for Free)

This past weekend I spent some time coloring the streets with chalk, building crepe-paper houses, watching belly dancers, and listening to bands from all over the world! And I wasn’t out of town, studying abroad, or at a circus. I was at the 9th annual Lotus Festival in downtown Bloomington.

Lotus Festival is a world music festival, run by volunteers from the Bloomington community, on weekend in early september. There are five stages downtown, each with three performers per night from various countries around the world, including Ireland, Finland, and Mali. Many local restaurants are out selling their food to …

Duck hunting…?

A number of times I have mentioned my family in this blog. They’re crazy, kooky and sometimes downright ridiculous and I wouldn’t have them any other way. To truly understand my family, there is only one piece of knowledge that you need to know.

Every week, religiously, we gather in front of the television to watch the A&E show, Duck Dynasty. If you’ve never seen the show before, you’re missing out and if you have seen it then you’ll understand exactly why my family loves it so much.

Its about a family of millionaire rednecks- they hunt, they fish, …

A Place in the Community

I finished my first week as a sophomore! Yes, that’s right. It’s Thursday, and I am DONE for the week. This is my first time without Friday classes. And it feels just as amazing as it sounds. Today was also my first day back at my job at the Crestmont Boys and Girls Club. It was so great to see everyone at work again and to start to talk about our ideas for the year. I feel like I am back where I belong. For anyone who hasn’t gotten off campus much yet, I strongly encourage you to explore a …

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