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Meet Katie, the summer 2016 ICI Intern: I’m Katie Goodrich, a senior journalism major at an ICI member campus. I believe in grammar, justice and the right to ice cream. I am fluent in English, sarcasm and gibberish. My talents include an incredible memory for '90s song lyrics, power naps and having just enough bad luck to produce great anecdotes.

College is for Exploring

November 11, 2016

Students step out of their comfort zones in college, which includes exploring their surroundings.


I lived in the same place my whole life before I went to college.

My family went on lots of small road trips throughout the Midwest, but Northwest Indiana was always home. Then I went to college and, suddenly, I had a new hometown.

My friends and I made a conscious effort to explore our new city, as it would be our home for the next four years. I probably tried a new restaurant every week and went to an event or new place once a month.

Looking back, this was a great decision because, afterwards, I always had a restaurant recommendation or something in mind to do when someone came to visit me.

Exploring also gave me a feeling of ownership in my new home. Since I had been to local hotspots and lesser-known areas, I felt connected to the city and its citizens.

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The best part was the study break I got while we explored. Our outings were a chance for me to forget about school and just enjoy the company of my friends. You can learn a lot about a person when you get lost on the way to a museum or when you try to agree on a restaurant.

I continued adventuring even after my first year with different friends at different locations. This let me explore lots of interests with people who shared them.

So get out there and see the awesome stuff around you! If you don’t have a car, one of your friends might and you can give them some gas money.

Don’t let money scare you off either. Google “free things to do in ______” and something will surely come up.

Hiking is almost always free or very cheap. Walking through the arts district of a town is free (unless you find something you just have to have).

If you run out of ideas, ask your professors or other campus staff what they like to do, because they have lived there longer than you and probably have stories and tips to share.

Go out and conquer a new city, one exploration at a time. 

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