Finding the College Fit

Jessica Kelly | Staff Writer

Many students find themselves drowning in countless booklets, pamphlets, brochures and letters from colleges, a collection of papers so extensive that the college search seems impossible to even start. However, each school offers a wide range of opportunities unique to itself; so the search for a college is really just a matter of matching the correct students to the correct education opportunities.

With plenty of options available on the local, national or even global level, the importance of campus visits becomes apparent. Christian Larbi, a sophomore majoring in Human Resources at IUPUI, stresses the impact that tours had on his decision-making process.

Christian Larbi talks to the publications students about his experiences in choosing IUPUI.

Christian Larbi talks to the publications students about his experiences in choosing IUPUI.

“It wasn’t so much about questions; it was about feeling,” Larbi said. “For me, it [the campus] was really close to home and pretty, you know? And it was really high-quality for the cost.”

Cost is a major point of concern for many students when selecting how to further their education. Finding a university with abundant but affordable options and resources can be a daunting task. But despite this struggle, there are such colleges, Larbi was able to find a way to get involved on-campus that allowed him to interact with incoming students and exhibit the leadership skills necessary for a Human Resources major.

“I’m on O-team, and what we get to do is a lot of orientation work basically,” Larbi said. “So transfer students, and students coming from different campuses, I help them get registered for classes and get used to it here on campus.”

By being aware of his options, Larbi can enrich his own education through real-world experience. Not only does he have an advantageous position on-campus, but Larbi is able to access resources to observe his major in action in Indianapolis.

“I also had to do a lot of job shadowing, because downtown is only a couple of blocks away from here, and a lot of Fortune 500 companies have headquarters here,” he said.

Larbi emphasizes the practicality of job shadowing and explains that the opportunities he has found have enriched his education. By providing a glimpse into the application of his studies, the experiences Larbi has had clarified the path he wants to take in the future.

“It gives me a better understanding of my major and myself, because I kind of see myself as a leader, so seeing other people going through leadership and decisions, and seeing how that breaks down makes me a better leader and a better student.”

Although the search for a college or university can be taxing and overwhelming, the opportunities and experiences students gain will allow their futures to become clearer to themselves. According to Larbi, college is about finding oneself as much as it is about getting an education. With this in mind, students may be able to explore themselves as they explore their options and find the right school for them.

Click on the link below to hear more about finding the right fit when it comes to College:

IUPUI and “The College Fit”

Collaborators: Maddie Weeks, Abigail Edminster and Jessica Kelly

College Basketball Heats up for March Madness

Written by Jackson Williams

With March Madness on the horizon, college basketball teams are in the heat of conference play; every win and loss matters at this point. Qualifying for the NCAA tournament is tough when considering subjective factors such as quality of wins, bad losses and strength of schedule. The state of Indiana’s college basketball teams are improving their standing with the selection committee day-by-day.

Indiana and Purdue are two contenders to win the Big Ten conference. Indiana is currently sitting at  8-1 and a 18-4 overall record, though their conference schedule is about to get tough. Purdue is sitting at 7-3 in the Big Ten and 19-4 overall, and after playing the top teams in the Big Ten they are predicted to dominate the bottom of the conference.

Because of the close proximity of several major universities, students often have the opportunity to take in these games in person, not just watch them on TV. For junior Jacob Sanders, visits to Bloomington only happen a couple times a year. Although he doesn’t go often, his trips to Indiana University games are always memorable.

“With 17,456 seats sold out in Assembly Hall every night at Indiana University, there is no college basketball experience like it,” Sanders said.  “The students are really into the game. Being down by the floor really enhances your experience, and you get to see how huge the players are.”

Northwest of Bloomington lies Mackey Arena, home of the Purdue Boilermakers. Freshman Tristan Bufkin attends quite a few games at Purdue each season.

“Mackey is fun in the sense that when you sit close to the coaches and you can hear how intense they are,” Bufkin said.  “Hearing them talking and getting so into the game makes my experience better. The crowd is also a huge factor when you go to a game there. The louder the crowd, the more fun the game is.”

However, it’s not just the Big 10 schools that are making a run at the NCAA tournament.

Butler started out the year as a ranked team and fell from No. 18 to the ranks of the unranked after starting Big EAst play 3-6, with a 14-7 record overall. With a strong Big East conference including three teams in the top 10, the Bulldogs are going to have to find a way make it to the top. Butler has a history of being underdogs (no pun intended), with a similar situation in 2011 when Butler started out with a record of 12-9 and finished the season in the National Championship game in Houston.

With Butler located in the heart of Indianapolis,  Hinkle Fieldhouse is one of the most convenient places for Center Grove students to go catch a college basketball game.

“Hinkle Fieldhouse is one of the greatest atmospheres in the country to watch a basketball game. Between the great brand of basketball and history of Hinkle, no other place beats it,” sophomore Brad Boswell said.

Whether students are catching a game at Mackey Arena or dressed head-to-toe in cream and crimson, live college basketball will always provide an unforgettable experience.