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Friday, August 7, 2015

Tips and Tricks for New Hoosiers

Categories: Indiana University, The IU Student Perspective

This blog post is written by Katie Maibach, our summer intern from Indiana University.

As the fall approaches and summer draws to an end, I will be entering my final year at IU. From my first visit to the campus one sunny spring day, I knew Bloomington would be a wonderful place to call home. As a fresh batch of Hoosiers enter their first year, here are some helpful tips and ideas to keep in mind to make the most out of your new home.

1. Invite your parents or friends from another school come visit in mid-October.

Personally, this is the time of year I start to miss my family and close friends. After the stress of midterms is over, plan a visit for them to come to Bloomington. I enjoy taking my friends to my favorite restaurants and bars (Malibu Grill, Scholars Inn Bakehouse, and the Farmers' Market) for the afternoon followed by a walk around campus.

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2. Pack rain gear.

This includes waterproof shoes and a raincoat. They will come in handy walking to and from class on a spring day or to help you stay dry while watching an IU sporting event.

3. Take advantage of free events downtown.

I always enjoy going to the Gallery Walk downtown with friends. There are usually a supply of sweet treats and light fair at most of the galleries. Sign up for the Visit Bloomington events newsletter to stay up to date with upcoming events around town.

IU Baseball4. Tons of sporting events are free on campus with your Student ID.

Catch an IU Baseball game at the new stadium or stop by an IU swim meet for free with your college buddies!

5. Make a meal an adventure with a picnic.

Spice up a dinner or lunch by grabbing something to go from the McNutt C-Store then eating by the Showalter Fountain or stopping by the tailgate fields in the spring for a picnic. It's an easy way to unwind and enjoy the little things around campus.

6. Need motivation to go to class?

Grab a Bloomington Bagel Company sandwich downtown or a coffee to enjoy while walking to class. There are several Starbucks located around campus that you can use your meal points at. I had a class in Wells Library one semester and grabbed a latte before class everyday as a reward for making it to my early morning class.



Each semester, Visit Bloomington has Indiana University students on staff as information specialists and, often, an intern. These students are usually, but not always, studying tourism and often have something to say about B-town from the student perspective.