Meet Our Students: Ingeborg
Home country: Belgium
Outside of class activities: UN Student Alliance
Why did you decide to attend UIndy?
I knew I wanted to go to university in the U.S. I was tired of the Belgian school system. I narrowed it down to Indiana because my mom grew up here. I wanted a school that was small yet offered diversity. I don’t do well in large classes and UIndy has small classes and the professors want to know you. They care whether or not you pass their class. Some will email you if you miss a class without letting them know that you cannot make it because of an important engagement or because you are in bed sick. The BUILD program also played a role in my decision to attend UIndy. I have Asperger’s syndrome, a mild form of autism. The help that BUILD gives me allows me to understand the information given in classes better and to be more balanced out with the other students.
What classes do you enjoy?
I like all my classes, even the ones I don’t love! It’s the professors who love their classes and their job that keep me enthusiastic about what they are teaching me. When they are excited about the class subject, I leave the class just as excited. I love my Experiential Studies classes as well as the classes I am taking for my major, Archaeology. Experiential Studies gave a class about pirates this past semester and I loved it!! I loved it so much that I decided to add Experiential Studies as a minor. The Archaeology classes are very hands-on and the professors bring out artifacts to help us learn how to analyze them in the real world, the world outside of college.
What do you think of your major? Describe the applied learning opportunities you have participated in.
At the beginning of the school year, I was very worried about my major. I wasn’t sure if majoring in Archaeology was the right decision. However, I was quickly reminded of why I love Archaeology. Within the first month, I was given the opportunity to go out on a dig with some other freshmen. We excavated in Crawfordsville, Indiana, to learn from the backyard of the Lew Wallace study what happened to the reflection pool that had been filled in several years ago. We found part of the wall of the pool and we learned where the pool’s position is now. It was great! I had such an amazing time and I learned so much, using techniques that I will have to apply later. It also taught me how to get along in a group with people I had never met.
Tell us about your involvement with the UN Student Alliance.
My roommate is the president of United Nations Student Alliance. I became involved when I heard they needed someone artistic who could bring a fun twist to events and such. I am now the event co-coordinator. This has taught me how to go about setting up events, who I have to talk to, and how to get the right point across to our target audience, mainly the students. I am much more confident thanks to the organization. UNSA has taught me to think openly about others and myself and that there is more going on than just what is happening on campus, or in the States.
Tell us about fun places/neighborhoods in Indianapolis.
Indianapolis is very accessible for students at the University of Indianapolis. If you don’t have a car, surely your friends have a car. However, if you want to go up to Indianapolis by yourself, there is a bus that stops right in front of the university. There are several places worth shopping at in the area, if that’s your thing. The Greenwood Mall is just a twenty-minute drive south. It is also accessible by bus for just under two dollars. Broad Ripple is thirty minutes north from the University of Indianapolis. Broad Ripple is very fun and funky. It has a lot of different stores such as vintage boutiques. Mass Ave is in the heart of Indianapolis and is full of the artsy, eclectic stores and fun places to hang out. There are places where you can paint pottery, make mosaic plates, learn how to cook, bowl, duckpin bowl, do karaoke, etc. Indianapolis also has its museums. The Indianapolis Museum of Art and Lilly House and Gardens are wonderful and only a 25-minute drive from the University of Indianapolis. There is also the renowned Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, which is not necessarily just for children. And besides, are we not still children at heart? I know I am because I love going there and always have.
Do you recommend living on campus? Why or why not?
There are six residence halls on the premises of the university. I prefer living on campus rather than off campus. There is still the possibility of cooking your own food or there is the cafeteria. The difference is that the kitchen in your hall is open 24/7, but you have to share it with your fellow residents. And these fellow residents may become your friends. Your neighbor might be someone you have class with and could be a great study buddy. The opportunity to meet someone new or go to an event set up by an organization or your resident assistants is greater when living on campus. I know people who have lived on campus all of their college life and they enjoyed it very much. On the other hand, I know people who have never lived on campus and prefer commuting. It really is a personal preference, but I would recommend living on campus.