By Danielle VeZolles
As you’re exploring business schools and determining where to apply, I encourage you to take a closer look at Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Sure, I could tell you about the Core curriculum, our amazing professors, or experiential learning through our Academies. But I’d like to provide you with a perspective on another aspect of the Kelley School of Business experience: living in Bloomington, Indiana. Bloomington is a quintessential college town. It’s full of eclectic restaurants, classic college bars, and independent boutiques. But what I’ve found most compelling about the B-town experience has been the beautiful campus, the recreational areas, and the slower pace of life.
Beautiful Campus Indiana University was founded in 1820 and just celebrated its 200th birthday this year. The nearly 2,000-acre campus is full of historic buildings, including some that date back to the late 19th century. Most of the buildings are constructed of beautiful locally quarried Indiana Limestone. You’ll also find ample greenspace throughout campus where students can be found stretched out in hammocks or catching up with friends and catching some rays. While you’re trekking through campus, you’re bound to encounter some of the most famed residents – the countless friendly squirrels that call our campus home. It’s easy to spend your entire day at Kelley, but there’s no better way to end a long day of class than with a leisurely stroll through campus.
Recreational Areas If you love being active, you’ll find plenty of outdoor venues to enjoy in Bloomington and the surrounding areas. Lake Monroe and Griffy Lake are two favorites that are just a short drive away where you can hike or rent watercraft like pontoons, canoes, or kayaks. Beyond Bloomington, there is Nashville, Indiana, an artist colony nestled among the wooded rolling hills. It’s also home to Brown County State Park where there are numerous hiking trails and scenic views – especially during the fall months. My favorite locale for walking, running, and biking in Bloomington is the B-Line Trail. This paved multi-use trail stretches 3.1 miles and is the perfect place to unwind solo or with a friend.
Slower Pace of Life It’s no secret that Bloomington is not located in a major city. Many students who pursue their MBA come from bustling metropolitan areas and the contrast of a college town can be quite stark. However, if you are looking to slow down and truly immerse yourself in your MBA program, you’ll find Bloomington to be an ideal fit. Living in Bloomington provides the grounds to immediately feel a deep sense of community, fostered by the connections made in Me, Inc. and in the Core. In Bloomington, you’ll have access to everything you need – without the distraction or cost of living of a major city. However, if you’re itching for city amenities or a change of scenery, Indianapolis is a quick one-hour drive away.
Bloomington is a wonderful place to call home for two years and enjoying life outside of Kelley makes the MBA experience even richer.