5 Tips to Help You Look and Feel Great on Spring Break

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Spring break is right around the corner, and it seems like just yesterday you were setting your New Year’s resolution to get in shape by the time it came around. Co-ed life can be busy, though; between school, work, friends, and just life and general. Carving out time to workout and get fit can be challenging. Spring break may seem like it has snuck up on you, leaving little time for preparation, but do not fret. We’ve created 5 tips for looking and feeling your best, all of which can be done around Bloomington the week before spring break. Time is of the essence, so knowing where to go and what to do is essential. Whether you are jetting off to warmer weather or relaxing at home, follow this guide to get yourself ready for spring break in no time.

Hit a yoga class at Vibe
You don’t have to have any yoga experience to benefit from a class at Vibe. All levels are offered in both heated varieties and not, and if you’re willing to wake up early, you can even catch some classes offered at $5. Yoga is the perfect way to tone and stretch your body all-the-while clearing and rejuvenating your mind- just what the doctor ordered the week before spring break. Check the link below for class scheduling and pricing. Sign up and take unlimited classes for you first month for only $49.


Located at:
1705 N. College Ave

Sweat it out for 30 minutes at 9Round
This workout will be over before you even realize how hard you’re working. Don’t worry though, your muscles will remind you of it the next day. 9Round is a kickboxing studio in Bloomington specializing in getting you in and out for 30 minutes of high intensity cardio. It’s fun fast and effective- the perfect combo for a pre-Spring break power workout. You pay a monthly fee to join, but can do an unlimited amount of workouts during that time. Even better, your first workout is free!


Located at:
116 S Indiana Ave
M-Th 9-1:30, 2:30-8
Friday 10-1:30, 2:30-7
Saturday 9-1


Stock up on healthy foods at Bloomingfoods
It’s like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, but full of fruits and vegetables and granola. Make a stop here before you leave to fill up on healthy and fresh foods to make you feel good from the inside out. The store has multiple locations and takes campus access. They also have a fresh deli bar where you can get a delicious sandwich or wrap, and a soup and salad bar chock full of fresh and yummy veggies.
3220 East Third St. (East)
614 East Second St. (Elm Heights)

Get a mani/pedi
The fastest way to make yourself feel fabulous is with a fresh manicure and/or pedicure. You can feel pampered for an hour, and walk away with pretty nails and toes. Go for a bright pink or orange color to spring forward to the warmer season; if you’re going somewhere warm, you’ll set the tropical tone. If you’re staying home, it’ll help you channel you inner sand and waves.
Some spots we suggest:
VIP Nails, W. 6th Street
Nailtique inside College Mall, 2890 E. 3rd St
Pro Nails, 3297 W 3rd St
Average mani/pedi cost: $30

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Update your spring wardrobe with help from the shops on Kirkwood
If your closet could use some livening up, look no further than Bloomington’s own Kirkwood Avenue for some inspiration. The stylish shops lining this street have all kinds of options available in all different price ranges and are just a short walk away from anywhere on campus. Stop by Cactus Flower for something trendy and cute or a throwback to something vintage. Bluetique has you covered when it comes to adding some colorful Pinterest-esque pieces to your wardrobe. Pitaya has lots of cool accessories including shoes, sunglasses, hats, and jewelry to round out your updated look. Urban Outfitters is a classic when it comes to staple pieces like t-shirts, flannels, and denim shorts. Best of all, all of these stores are located within walking distance of one another, and are nestled in between some great dining options if all the shopping makes you hungry.

Healthy, happy, and ready for spring break is how you’ll feel if you follow these tips. Treat yourself to some healthy food or a workout class, or maybe even a manicure and a new outfit. Looking good is all about how you feel, and we guarantee that after following this list, you’ll be feeling great.

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Devynn Barnes is a journalism and French major at Indiana University. You can follow her on Twitter @devynnbarnes. To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds, be sure to follow College Lifestyles on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter @CLCS_IU – See more at: http://collegelifestyles.org/indianauniversity/2015/02/04/iu-auditorium-presents-the-peking-acrobats/#sthash.ms3nN5Gc.dpuf

Top 5 Tips for Maintaining a Strong Start to a Hoosier Semester


You’re a freshman, you have just finished your first semester and you’re freaking out because you did not realize college can be harder than high school. Or maybe you’re a senior and you want to finish your last semester at IU strong. Either way, co-eds, follow these 5 tips from College Lifestyles Campus Satellite at Indiana University and you’ll be bound to maintain that strong start to this Hoosier semester.

Make Goals For Yourself
Keep your strong start going by setting three academic goals for yourself. Write them somewhere you will see them every day. Put these written pick-me-up notes in your planner or on the mirror in your bedroom, it will remind you of what you want to achieve this semester. Co-eds, your goals don’t need to be crazy. Try setting a small, attainable goal initially. For instance, try going to Wells library three times a week for some fruitful study sessions. By setting these personal academic goals, Hoosiers are bound to maintain that strong semester start with the right mindset.


Get Into A Routine
Routines can be the key to success. Plan out your day and set aside specific study and relaxation times. By doing this, you will force yourself to stick to the schedule, otherwise your day could be messed up. Whether this routine is going to Wells for a few hours every night after dinner, or making sure that you have a few hour break between classes. You could even grab lunch at a table in the IMU food court, where you can spread out and get work done. These simple routine tips will propel you towards success.

Don’t Be Afraid of Office Hours
Maintain your academic goals by going to your professor’s office hours and introducing yourself. Try to write up a few questions that relate to the class material, preparation is key here. This will make you face the office hours with confident attitude. Who knows, get to know your professor well enough and they might write you a recommendation for a future internships or grad school applications.

Explore a New Study Spot
Maintain that strong start by changing up your habits. Have you always studied at Wells Library? We advise you to try something new. For instance, check out one of CLCS IU’s favorite Bloomington coffee shops, such as Soma or the Pour House Cafe. The change in environment might inspire you to do your best studying yet.

Take Time to Relax
Sometimes the stress from school and extracurricular activities can become too much. After all, you can’t spend every night at Wells. Take time to relax, you deserve it. High stress situations are not good for your skin, if you’re feeling particularly stressed one weekend, try having a classy, relaxing spa night in with your roommates. What could be more stress-relieving than a gossip session with your best friends while experimenting with beauty products great for wintertime? Instead of going straight from studying to bed, turn off your electronics and crack open an interesting book. You’ll fall asleep easier and have something to look forward to every night. Continue to keep your stress levels down during the week by staying healthy and working out regularly. With all this hard work this semester, you deserve all the study breaks you can get your hands on..


There you have it, Hoosiers. 5 easy ways to stay on track and start this semester off strong. We hope these tips will come in handy for maintaining that strong start to the semester. We here at CLCS IU wish you a happy week.


Melanie Metzman is a sophomore at Indiana University majoring in journalism and communication and culture. Keep up with her @melanie_metzman. To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds be sure to follow College Lifestyles™ Campus Satellite at Indiana University on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter @CLCS_IU. – See more at: http://collegelifestyles.org/indianauniversity/2014/12/28/healthy-hoosiers-top-5-peppermint-recipes/#sthash.QvubJSIA.dpuf

IU Auditorium Presents: The Peking Acrobats

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Up to anything exciting this Thursday? Time to put those books down for a one-of-a-kind study break. The Peking Acrobats are in town February 5, and any Hoosier not in attendance will surely miss out. College Lifestyles Campus Satellite at Indiana University has a plan to make this weekend full of celebration and out-of-the-ordinary fun.

The Peking Acrobats show will be the cornerstone of the evening.

First appearing in the West in 1986, these acrobats have traveled the world over. Performing physical stunts that make audiences gasp alongside fabulous visuals and special effects. The show is artistic, as well as an ode to the human body’s unfathomable ability. The show stems from the roots of Chinese acrobatics, but is modernized by the technology. Lights, sounds, and different forms of music pump along with the show, ensuring an interesting experience. It’s not every day IU’s campus is graced by such a world-renowned group, but for one night and one night only, you can bask in the spectacular performance of the Peking Acrobats.

At the show, you will see stunts performed on unicycles, atop a precipice of chairs, in the air and on the ground below. The acrobats are contortionists, jugglers, and gymnasts who have the ability to defy gravity. This is like nothing you could ever watch on Netflix.

Make sure not to miss out on this fun event, it’s the perfect way to kick off a fabulous weekend. Make a night of it by starting off with dinner at one of Bloomington’s Chinese restaurants like Peach Garden on South College Avenue, or Chow Bar on Indiana Avenue. The show begins at 7:30, leaving you plenty of time for a fun and filling dinner. Parking outside the Auditorium is limited, so make sure to get there early to be able to find a spot.

After the show, come back and enjoy some fun Asian-fusion inspired mocktails, like the following:

Mango Spice:
1 part mango juice
2 slices jalapeno
½ part agave syrup
¾ fresh lime

Add all ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with jalapeno.

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Ginger Lemonade:
10 ounces fresh ginger
2 cups sugar
10 cups water, divided
2 cups freshly-squeezed lemon juice (about 15 lemons)

Peel and chop ginger into small pieces. Combine sugar, ginger, and water in a pot over high heat. Boil, reduce heat, and simmer for a couple minutes. Strain the resulting syrup.

In a separate bowl, combine the lemon juice and remaining 6 cups water. Stir in all the ginger syrup. Chill before serving over ice.

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Dinner, a show and mocktails make for the perfect Thursday evening. Kick off your weekend with a celebration of Chinese acrobatics and festivities with your favorite fellow classy co-eds.

The show will take place Thursday, February 5 at 7:30 p.m. Orchestra, mezzanine and balcony seating is available, and ticket prices range from $12 to $35 based upon the seating you select. Tickets can be purchased at the door on Thursday or on the IU auditorium website.


Devynn Barnes is a journalism and French major at Indiana University. You can follow her on Twitter @devynnbarnes. To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds, be sure to follow College Lifestyles on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter @CLCS_IU

Top Beauty Products to Try for Winter in Indiana


Winter is a harsh time of year. The love and warmth that accompanies the holidays flee quickly come January, leaving bitter temperatures and abrasive weather conditions in their wake. One thing that can really take a hit during this cold and blustery season in Indiana is a co-ed’s beauty routine. Skin becomes dull and dry, and the makeup that kept us glowing through summer can look mismatched. Luckily, with a few seasonal updates from College Lifestyle Campus Satellite at Indiana University, you’ll be looking fresh-faced all season long. Winter beauty is all about moisturizing and using warm hues to bring life back into dry, pale skin. Throw some of these products in your makeup bag and you’ll be looking classy, fresh, and beautiful. The calendar may say winter here at Indiana University, but with this routine your face will have all the qualities of a healthy summer glow.

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Exfoliating Face Wash
Dead skin can build up in the winter due to excessive dryness, making the face appear dull. This seasonal problem brings us to step one of our CLCS IU beauty routine. In order to keep skin healthy and fresh-looking, exfoliate at least once a day and always follow with moisturizer. This will give your face a clean and luminous palette for whatever else you want to apply.

Tinted Moisturizer
This product is a must in any Midwestern-girl’s routine. Sometimes the cold air and a heated Ballantine can make skin dry in the winter. With that being said, it’s important to start doubling up on moisturizer. Apply one with a little bit of color for light coverage and a dewy, healthy complexion. This works as the perfect base in your makeup routine, and can come right after cleansing. Follow up with a little bit of sheer powder to maintain an even-looking complexion all day long.

Tinted Lip Balm
Wind burn and cold temperatures can do a number on lips in the winter. Walking to class alone leaves them exposed to harsh conditions, and often prompts the constant application of lip balm. Instead of boring medicated balm, try a tinted version of your favorite restorative brand. Deep cherry colors are right on trend for the winter season, while bright pinks are fashion-forward, looking ahead to the spring season. Why not try a Hoosier crimson to show off some school spirit? Whatever shade, tinted lip balms are the perfect way to keep your lips feeling soft and healthy while also achieving that cute winter look.

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Take Care of That Hoosier Hair
Not only does your skin suffer in the winter, but your hair takes a hit as well. Cold, dry air and extensive blow dryer use can leave your hair weak and brittle, in need of some extra love. Just like skin, hair needs extra moisture this time of year. In addition to your normal shampoo and condition routine, add in a deep-condition treatment about once a week. A restorative hair mask works great, and can be found at most CVS drug stores around Bloomington. A couple tablespoons of olive or coconut oil can work just as well. Heat the oil up for about fifteen seconds in the microwave and massage through the hair, starting at the ends and working your way up (sparingly around the scalp). Next, wrap your hair in a towel and wait half an hour before washing it out. All-the-while continuing your normal shampoo and condition routine. The natural oils will repair strands and give new life to your hair during this winter wonderland.

Winter weather doesn’t have to be reflected in your hair and skin. It takes a little bit of extra work and a few product adjustments, but these CLCS IU tips are well worth following. Being outside and braving the Hoosier winter conditions is a feat, and one that’s hard to avoid between walking to classes. Remember these short tips, exfoliate, moisturize, and condition. You will be as luminous as the summer days ahead.

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Images and Graphics courtesy of Devynn Barnes

Devynn Barnes is a journalism and French major at Indiana University. You can follow her on Twitter @devynnbarnes. To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds, be sure to follow College Lifestyles on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter @CLCS_IU.

Healthy Hoosiers: Top 5 Peppermint Recipes


Staying healthy during the holidays may seem like an oxymoron. The holiday season means endless parties from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve, including huge family dinners with a limitless supply of deliciously sinful food and holiday flavored desserts, like peppermint, that you can only find this time of year. Needless to say, it can be hard for co-eds to stay healthy during the winter season. College Lifestyles Campus Satellite at IU is here, though, with five easy and healthy peppermint recipes that would be perfect to make for your family and friends over break or for your next holiday party.

Skinny Peppermint Mocha
Who doesn’t love a warm, holiday drink from the coffee shop to make a cold, winter day feel a little better? The problem is many coffee shops hide calories in flavored syrups and whipped cream. Enjoy a DIY skinny peppermint mocha guilt-free.


  • ½ cup coffee
  • 2 drops peppermint extract
  • ⅓ cup nonfat milk
  • 2 tbsp dark chocolate syrup


  1. Brew and pour coffee into a mug.
  2. Next, stir peppermint extract and chocolate syrup into the coffee.
  3. Then, stir in nonfat milk. Enjoy.

Organic Peppermint Patties
Stay healthy with organic ingredients this holiday season. Coconut oil is one of the main ingredients in this recipe, and it adds more than flavor. Coconut oil can help with losing weight, rejuvenating skin, preventing wrinkles and boosting your daily energy, so there is a little less sin when it comes to this delicious holiday treat.


  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp raw honey
  • ¼ tsp unrefined sea salt
  • ½-1 tsp peppermint extract (depending on personal taste)
  • ⅓-½ cup melted and cooled dark chocolate


  1. Mix together all ingredients except the dark chocolate.
  2. Use the mixture to make 12 patties and place on a pan.
  3. Put patties in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, melt the dark chocolate until just melted.
  5. Allow chocolate to return to room temperature.
  6. Take patties out of the freezer and dip into the chocolate coating, covering completely.
  7. Return back to freezer for several minutes and allow the chocolate to set. Enjoy patties and keep stored in refrigerator.

Paleo Cookies

Paleo Peppermint Chocolate Crinkle Cookie
This paleo recipe is all about the natural ingredients. The paleo diet removes processed and unnatural foods from the diet by returning to how people ate in the Paleolithic Era, which mainly consists of protein, fruit and vegetables. These paleo peppermint cookies are like those fabulous Girl Scout Thin Mints, but without all the ingredients you can’t pronounce.


  • 2+½ cups almond meal
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • ½ cup coconut palm sugar (plus ¼ ground coconut palm sugar for rolling)
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup coconut oil melted
  • ¼ cup dairy-free chocolate chips melted
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine almond feal, coconut flour, cocoa powder, ½ cup coconut palm sugar, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, chocolate chips, coconut oil and peppermint extract.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until combined.
  4. Cover bowl and place in refridgerator for one hour or freezer for 20 minutes.
  5. When dough has hardened, scoop out one tablespoon worth of dough and roll into a ball between palms.
  6. Roll each ball in ¼ cup of ground coconut palm sugar to coat.
  7. Place balls on a parchment or silicone lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let sit on tray for 10 minutes before removing to cool the rest of the way on a wire cooling rack.
  9. Dust with any leftover ground coconut palm sugar to get a “snowball” like effect.
    CL Tip: Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.

Peppermint Bark

Healthy Peppermint Bark
This gluten-free recipe is a holiday favorite. You don’t need to have celiac disease to enjoy the benefits of a gluten-free diet. Health benefits include increasing energy levels, promoting digestive health and improving cholesterol levels. Make this healthy peppermint bark as a gift for your health-conscious friend, and try not to eat it all yourself (yes, it’s that good).


  • ½ cup coconut butter
  • 12 drops peppermint extract
  • 1+½ tbsp maple syrup
  • Sprinkles, crushed candy canes, or other toppings


  1. Make sure coconut butter is in a thick paste: Melt the butter, if necessary, either in the microwave, oven or with a little melted virgin coconut oil.
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
  3. Combine and spread the mixture onto wax paper.
  4. Put in the refrigerator or freezer to set.
  5. After a few minutes, it will become delicious peppermint bark.

Skinny Peppermint Hot Cocoa
Hoosiers, end the night with a mug of warm, healthy peppermint hot cocoa. Agave nectar is used to sweeten this drink. Unlike traditional sugars, agave nectar’s sweetness is a complex form of fructose. Fructose is the sugar that is naturally found in fruit and vegetables, so it is better for the body. Stay healthy this holiday season by using natural ingredients, like the agave nectar in this recipe.


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1+½ tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1+½ tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 drop peppermint extract


  1. In a bowl, combine cocoa powder and agave nectar and stir until combined.
  2. Put milk in a saucepan over medium-low heat.
  3. Stir in the chocolate mixture and heat.
  4. Add drop of peppermint extract.
  5. Pour into mug, and enjoy.

Even with all the holiday festivities, follow these five recipes, co-eds, and enjoy the holiday season guilt-free. Make sure to follow CLCS IU on Twitter and Instagram @CLCS_IU for more holiday tips and to keep up with everything-CLCS IU.

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Graphics courtesy of College Lifestyles Campus Satellite at IU

Melanie Metzman is a sophomore at Indiana University majoring in journalism and communication and culture. Keep up with her @melanie_metzman. To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds be sure to follow College Lifestyles™ Campus Satellite at Indiana University on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter @CLCS_IU.

Top 3 Books to Save You from B-Town Boredom


As one semester ends and another begins, you may find yourself asking, “Haven’t I done this before?” Monday and Tuesday brings a week full of new assignments,Wednesday comes with the hump day blues, Thursday and Friday means the sweet joy of a school week coming to an end and then a weekend of relief; only to start it all over again next week.

Life in Bloomington can get slightly monotonous this time of year, especially when it feels like you’ve just finished the rush of finals only to be rewarded with a semester full of new classes.  Not only that, but the cold weather makes the old standby outdoor activities that kept you going last semester pretty much out of the question.

Pair the school week grind with the downright frigid temperatures, and you’ve got a recipe for some winter boredom. Turning to Netflix or the latest E! reality show is always an option, but both those possibilities, too, are getting old. This weekend, instead of sitting inside flipping through channels and pondering things to do, go on over to Barnes and Noble, the IMU bookstore or Amazon.com to pick up or download something from College Lifestyles Campus Satellite at IU’s reading list. The three women who authored our featured books are like your funniest, wisest, most thoughtful friends; spend a weekend with one of them for a humorous and enlightening change of pace.


Amy Poehler’s “Yes Please
Amy Poehler is a force in the entertainment world and, lucky for us, she has brought all of her talents with her for the writing of her breakout book. The comedic superstar, best known for her stint on “Saturday Night Live” and her role as Leslie Knope in “Parks and Recreation,”writes the ultimate “real talk” memoir complete with all the hilarities for which she is known and advice on relevant issues like love, life and careers. The book is printed on thick, glossy paper and is full of pictures from Poehler’s life. It’s a fun, quick read that is surprisingly deep. Read it over a weekend and you’ll feel like you spent your days hanging out your crazy, sarcastic friend who has some life lessons that you actually don’t mind listening to.

Lena Dunham’s “Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s ‘Learned’”
The creator and star of HBO’s “Girls” takes her writing talents from the television world to her first book, and the outcome does not disappoint. “Not That Kind of Girl”is riddled with both elements of girl power and real-talk. Dunham lays it all out in this memoir that echoes the writing styles of Tina Fey and Nora Ephron. It’s funny, it’s thought-provoking and it’s undeniably sincere. Hop aboard the bandwagon and laugh along side Dunham’s  frank stories and observations about growing up, being a modern, working woman and life in general. Dunham is your friend who tells it like it is, but always with a sense of humor.


Mindy Kaling’s “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)”
If you want to laugh out loud while reading a book, this one is for you. In addition to her degree from Dartmouth College, Kaling’s work as a writer and performer on “The Office” and, more recently, her work as writer, producer and star of her own show, “The Mindy Project,” qualifies her to be a fabulous author. She is smart, successful and hilarious – the ultimate combo. Mindy takes you through her life and she gives you her thoughts on weight, women in television, romance, life in New York and her rise to success – all with an essence of humility and wit. Mindy is the friend who has you laughing upon first hello, and keeps you giggling the whole time you’re with her.

Post-holiday winter in Indiana can be a drag, but you don’t have to succumb to the boredom. These three truthful, humorous and intelligent authors have got your back, as they save you from another weekend of aimlessly perusing the movies section on Netflix. Go out, grab one of these books, snuggle up with some coffee and prepare for some laughs. You might even learn something.



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Devynn Barnes is a journalism and French major at Indiana University. You can follow her on Twitter  @devynnbarnes. To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds, be sure to follow College Lifestyles on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter @CLCS_IU.

Top 3 Trends to Try for a Hoosier Holiday


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Cream and Crimson Careers: Preparing for Winter Graduation

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As the semester comes to a close, some are frantically studying for finals or awaiting a relaxing holiday break, while others are preparing themselves for graduation. Winter graduation is both an exciting and worrying experience for many undergraduates. Here are some helpful hints and stress-relieving tips on preparing for your December graduation.

Graduation Day

On December 20th, graduates will have a more personalized experience than their latter, May graduating Indiana University classmates. December graduates will sit next to their fellow classmates one last time before officially receiving their undergraduate, master’s or doctorate diplomas. Indiana University upholds its ceremonies and traditions to the highest regard. Therefore, ensure your attire is appropriate, weather friendly and most importantly, fabulous. Shannon O’Malley, a 2013 December graduate, said:

“It was definitely a bittersweet moment, especially not being able to graduate with everyone else, but it was a lot smaller and more personal in a way. The snow made the trees and everything look really nice in pictures too!”

IU is very firm on not bringing excess personal items due to the lack of security and space in Assembly Hall; a small cross-body should do the trick. This day will be hectic and quick, but make sure to slow down and take the time in remembering all the accomplishments and experiences that have brought you to this point.


You are an Official College Graduate, Now What?

As the “real” world anxiety settles in, there’s a few courses of action that all December graduates should consider before jumping straight into the workforce. These options include: internship opportunities, Peace Corps, networking, volunteering and travel.

For those of you who want to take time out for a little R & R, no problem. On the other hand, many professionals suggest using time for travel as an opportunity for location searching and networking. December graduates have time on their side. If you do decide to take a backpacking trip to Europe or a road-trip to Los Angeles, make sure you are networking in each area of a potential job opportunity. Having lunch in a suburb of Kansas City or grabbing drinks in a pub in Boston could lead you to meeting future employers or co-workers. Each stop along the way allows you to take in the lifestyle and personality of each city or town that could be your future home. It is important to “test-drive” these locations to find your perfect environment. Traveling allows for unique experiences of diverse cultures and peoples, just make sure you take full advantage of every fresh opportunity.

The Peace Corps is an amazing alternative before starting a job. This organization invites those who are not afraid to get their hands dirty while making a significant difference in the world; joining also provides many opportunities for its volunteers. Your experience with the Peace Corps can boost your résumé, tack on graduate school credits, and can play a role in the deferral of student loans.  This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse yourself in the diverse cultures of the world is well worth checking out.


A post-graduation internship is another route with many pros and cons. Post-grad internships allow those who have little professional experience, to work very closely in the field of their study. Internships also sharpen your skills and allow for networking opportunities that can be used later during job interviews. However, many of these types of internships are unpaid and require individuals to work low-income jobs during the course of the internship. Overall, post-graduation internships are a great solution for gaining professional experience in the area of your future career.

The “9 to 5”.

If you are ready and excited to jump right into the workforce, do it! December graduates are fortunate with less competition than May graduates and have time to “feel out” what job is right for them. Even though December is not a prominent hiring season, apply for every job that you meet the requirements. This is a time to brand yourself as an individual and gain professional experience for your future.

Whether the job search continues or there are a few promising opportunities, O’Malley suggests, “Definitely take some time off to spend it with family and friends, and enjoy being out of school before the ‘real’ world hits.” After winter graduation, your future can be full of intimidating decisions, but finding the right path after graduation that fits your classy lifestyle is the most important.


Morgan Holian is a journalism major at Indiana University – Bloomington. You can follow her @mcholian. To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds be sure to follow CollegeLifestyles™ on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter @collegelifestyl.

Insta-Indiana: Winter ’14 Gift Guide


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Guys Tell All: 3 End-of-Semester Dates for Hoosier Couples

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Yet another fall semester is coming to a close and that can spell trouble for a relationship.  As the pressure of finals ensues, you may find it difficult to keep that spice in your companionship.  There’s no need to worry, College Lifestyles Campus Satellite at Indiana University’s Guys Tell All feature this month includes some fresh tips to kick-start a date night in the midst of final exams.

Italian Retreat
Nothing ignites a sense of passion quite like a glass of pinot noir and premium Italian cooking.  Although a bit cliché, a trip to Bloomington’s premiere Italian eatery, Grazie, will surely put a romantic spin on your evening.  Don’t be afraid to doll yourself up; dressing to-the-nines adds to Grazie’s classy atmosphere.  It’s worth mentioning that Grazie is on the expensive side; however, it’s nevertheless a nice change from ordering the routine munchie madness.  When you order at Grazie, remember that wine is the perfect complement to Italian cuisine, especially a red sauced pasta.  After enjoying an elegant dining experience, make your way over to Oliver Winery’s downtown bar for the perfect nightcap.  This establishment offers a wide selection of wine. From semi-sweets to dry whites, you’re bound to find the  perfect wine to fit the evening.  Wine tasting can be an adventurous affair for a couple.  If you aren’t of the legal age to consume alcohol, head on over to Scholar’s Inn Bakehouse for a delectable dessert. We highly recommend the chocolate pate: a rich chocolate terrine with berry coulis and a artisan chocolate twig.


Netflix Night In
Money and time can be a rarity for college students. You may be taking some time off from your part-time job in order to prepare for finals.  If your pockets seem a bit emptier than usual, a date night out might not be financially possible.  However, you can still make a date special without spending your whole week’s paycheck.  Then again, maybe money isn’t the issue.  You or your significant other might not have enough time to enjoy a night out due to studies. How about we kill two birds with one stone here?  Let’s try a homemade meal, followed by desserts and Netflix.  For dinner, get out of your comfort zone and try a new recipe. Stuffed peppers can be quite tasty and fun to make, especially if you stuff them with something exotic (crab,bacon, etc).  When it comes to dessert, baking cookies can be cheap way to satisfy that sweet tooth of yours.

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B-Town Beats
Mark your calendars, the hit a cappella group Straight No Chaser will be  returning to Bloomington at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18th at the IU Auditorium. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the all-male singing group, Straight No Chaser been a part of IU’s music scene for some time now.  The group’s upbeat energy and charm is sure to send your date night in an optimistic direction.  Before we get ahead of ourselves here, you might want to have a little bite to eat before attending the show.  CLCS IU recommends trying Sweet Grass, if you haven’t already.  This restaurant offers delicious, moderately priced food and, trust us, this restaurant sets the mood for a romantic evening.  For instance, as you sit down the server will light a candle, all-the-while establishing a casual environment to ensure comfort.  Be sure to grab your tickets at the IU Auditorium Box Office, they’ll cost $37-$55, depending on your preferred seating.

We hope these date ideas spruce up your relationship as the semester comes to a close. We know it can be stressful to balance both studies and emotional commitments. One of these fun date suggestions should fit your finals week schedule.

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Drew Eldred is a journalism major at Indiana University. You can follow him @D1_Eldred. To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds be sure to follow College Lifestyles™ Campus Satellite at Indiana University on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter @CLCS_IU.