When I came to IU, I honestly had no expectations. My parents told me I would love college and anything seemed better than high school so I came in with a positive attitude. For the most part, my optimism was warranted. I lived in an LLC so was surrounded by people who shared my interests and everywhere I looked, people were excited to be learning, just like me. I have a passion for studying foreign languages which is why I came to IU, the school that boasts the most language classes than any other school. My first semester here, I took on probably more classes than was wise for a freshman, including three separate language classes; Chinese, Korean, and Hebrew. This was the best time of my life, speaking the wrong language in all three courses. This really made me realize the purpose of college. When deciding what school to go to, I was given the advice to go to the school where I felt the most nurtured and was able to learn for learning’s sake. This is exactly what I could do at IU.
What I have learned while being here is that if you enjoy the classes you are taking and feel fulfilled at the end of a long day of studying, you are in the right place. Opportunities will always come if you have a passion for what you are studying and maintain an open mind. Many of the greatest opportunities I have had at IU have been through connections I made without trying, just through the field I enjoyed studying. This is my greatest advice for any new students or incoming freshman. If you commit to your passions and find a way to integrate them into your academic career, your college experience will be so much more meaningful.