Indianapolis is a great city with a lot of potential, but many of the locals limit themselves socially and intellectually. Too many college students spend their entire week waiting for the weekend, when they can escape into a local pub or nightclub. Few get together for a trip to the museum, classical concert, lecture, or an art fair. Many IUPUI students wouldn’t think of putting that much effort into going out on a Friday night. Try not to fall into this category and explore the possibilities of intellectual stimulation and the arts in Indianapolis. There are a number of cultural districts and local settings that are conducive to both cerebral celebration and a relaxed evening out. Take advantage of free music at the Indiana Historical Society and serene walks along the canal.
Don’t get me wrong—there is a special population of students that are intellectually and artistically inclined enough to seek out a jazz show, symphony, reading, or lecture. Although it is nice to go out and have a nice Guinness or a glass of cabernet once in a while, do not be the student who gets caught in the vicious cycle of drinking every weekend and limiting your brain and spirit. Have fun, be responsible, and soak in the possibilities. Read the local, weekly magazine Nuvo for tips on where to find a fun, free event.