Orienter 2019: Letter from the editor



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Annie Aguiar poses for a picture outside Franklin Hall. Aguiar is the IDS Summer 2019 Editor-in-Chief. Alex Deryn Buy Photos

Coming to college for your freshman year is both exciting and terrifying — or at least, that’s how I felt in the weeks leading up to my freshman year. 

Before I drove 16 hours to Bloomington with my dad and all of my belongings, I binge-watched movies about college to try and understand exactly what I was walking into. But nothing could have prepared me for just how much I was going to fall in love with IU and the city of Bloomington. Sometimes I feel like my life didn’t really start until I moved into my dorm room at Forest Quad. 

Your first few weeks at IU will be filled with transformative experiences, but all that change can be daunting for freshmen. 

We at IU Student Media put together this magazine every year as a guide to help you during your first days, weeks and months as an IU student.

Within these pages, you’ll find words of wisdom from prominent campus figures, where to eat out for dinner, a guide to the arts scene at IU and more. 

During your four or more years here, IU Student Media will continue to be here for you. The Indiana Daily Student keeps the IU and Bloomington communities informed and has done so for over 150 years, through our website idsnews.com, our print products and our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

The Arbutus yearbook collects the highlights of past semesters every year without fail, all in a beautiful book you can keep for years and look back at decades from now. 

The first year of college is an important moment in your lives. I’m the first Aguiar to attend a university, so I particularly wanted give a shoutout to first-generation college students in this letter: Even though I don’t know you personally, I’m so proud of you. 

To everyone, first-generation or not: This is a special moment in your life. You can find your calling, your best friends, new interests and new discoveries about yourself all here at IU. 

Freshman year only happens once. This is your time.  Don’t let it pass you by. 

Welcome to IU!

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