Overwhelmed: My First Week at IUPUI

By the time we pulled into my new apartment, less than a half mile from campus, the storm outside had gone from annoying to dangerous. The horrid weather, terrible traffic, and unplanned stops had turned a 2 hour car trip to Indianapolis into a 5+ hour nightmare.

My mom wanted to try to wait out some of the storm in the car before we started moving stuff into the apartment, even though we had already lost so much time on the road, but after about twenty minutes of sitting in the car, we realized this storm wasn’t going to let up any time soon. My mom wanted to continue to sit in the car during the storm, but I was worried about her getting home at a reasonable time, so I started taking stuff up into the building, and up the three flights of stairs to my apartment.

The storm didn’t slow down for over an hour, and even then it was still a light shower. All of my stuff made it into the apartment, but the cardboard boxes were soaked through. Luckily for me, none of my stuff was ruined, and even though my mom was not able to get home until significantly later than we had originally planned, everything ended up being okay.

My roommate is a sophomore at IUPUI, who had already been living in the apartment that I moved into for several months. Unfortunately, he had a family matter and was not going to be home the entire weekend. So, along with the horrid weather I had just battled to get all of my stuff into the apartment, I now had to try and unpack by myself in this place filled with someone else’s stuff. I ended up finding room for the majority of my things, but I felt that I was being invasive by moving all of my roommate’s stuff in order to make room for myself.

My roommate ended up being completely cool about the adjustments I’d made, but at the time, I was worried he was going to be upset. I had not met my roommate up to this point, and had no idea what kind of person he would be. I felt like I had broken into a stranger’s house.

The next morning was Friday: on-campus move-in day. The friends that I had made at orientation all lived on campus, so I was excited to see them for the first time since late June. My apartment is very close to campus, but I definitely did not anticipate how hard it would be to walk there for the first time.

It’s not that the distance was excruciating, but it was about 97 degrees outside, I had no idea where I was going, and my phone died just as I had gotten onto campus. A trip that should have taken about twenty minutes ended up taking over an hour as I aimlessly walked around campus looking for an open building where I could charge my phone. Eventually, I did find the Student Center, and my friends, but I was already so sweaty and exhausted that I was not overly excited about the idea of walking around the city with them.

I did it anyway. Although I went home more tired than I had been in a long time, I definitely don’t regret it. Before moving in, I had only been in Indianapolis twice. I had no idea how big and beautiful this city could be. I thought that IUPUI, being a mashed-up version of Indiana University and Purdue University, would be a significantly smaller, less formal campus than the larger counterparts, but I was surprised to discover just how large it really is. Sure, the circumstances of my arrival may not have been ideal, but it is nice knowing how much this community has really been able to offer me.

It’s only been about a week. I’ve already been considerably overwhelmed by the amount of work I have to do, the distance between my classes, and my financial situation, but it seems that every day I spend here makes me love this place even more. Problems arise, but the solutions are just within reach. Campus offices have been helpful, and I feel that I’ve already started to make genuine connections with peers and professors.

I know that I am in no way done being a clueless freshman. I know its only the second week of classes, but I still don’t really know what I’m doing. Every day I am getting better. Although at first I may not have been sure about IUPUI, I now feel I definitely made the right choice.

Sebastian Dorrance

Sebastian Dorrance

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) 2020. Neuroscience major.
Sebastian Dorrance

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