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2018 Orienter: Letter from the editor

Orienter 2018
Orienter 2018

Surely by now you’ve heard countless stories, seen numerous online rankings and potentially experienced for yourself the natural beauty of Indiana University and the city of Bloomington.

If you have, you know what is in store for you during the next four, or more, years. If you haven’t, prepare to be awestruck. Each time you walk through the Sample Gates, whether you’re entering or leaving campus, a new adventure awaits.

Your first weeks at IU will be full of new experiences with new people.

Throughout this publication, we at IU Student Media will try our best to help you during your first days, weeks and months as an IU student. Whether it's advice from current students on where to eat dinner or words of wisdom from prominent campus leaders, you’ll find a variety of guidance in the following pages.

During your time in Bloomington and beyond, IU Student Media will be here for you. The Indiana Daily Student has kept the IU community informed for more than 150 years and continues to do so online at and through our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages, as well as our daily and weekly newsletters. At the end of each year, you can count on the Arbutus yearbook to artfully collect the highlights of past semesters.

Don’t forget to appreciate all that comes with your first year in college, whether it's the lows and highs or the defeats and the triumphs. Be sure to cherish each moment as it occurs, and remember to always be appreciative of the opportunities provided to you while at IU.

The first year of college is a significant moment in each of our lives. For me, it was when I joined the IDS and committed myself to a career in journalism. For you, it could be something completely different.

Not everyone has to map out the rest of their lives during freshman year. Things change for a variety of reasons. Change is a crucial part of the college experience. 

You should take this time to change, create, explore and learn. 

Remember, freshman year only happens once. 

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