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'Everything about being in Bloomington feels right'

Sept. 19, 2013

IU junior Alexea Candreva once dreamed of growing up to be an actress or singer -- well, until eighth grade.

Alexea Candreva

IU junior Alexea Candreva is a Cox Engagement Scholar double majoring in journalism and communications and culture with a Spanish minor. | Photo By Ann Schertz

“It was then that I came to the realization that I couldn't act or sing,” joked Candreva, a double major in journalism and communications and culture with a Spanish minor.

The Crown Point, Ind., native said she’s been surprised -- in a good way -- by how much she has learned in her courses. A recent favorite class: Introduction to Communications and Culture (C205).

“It gave me a completely new view about communication and made me want to become a double major in journalism and communications and culture,” she said. “It also challenged my writing and creativity in ways I did not know possible.”

“IU offers me a great journalism degree, the opportunity to participate in any activity I can imagine, and a beautiful campus filled with the most interesting individuals,” Candreva said.

“Outside of campus, the town of Bloomington has even more to offer -- great food, people and shopping. I love walking around downtown with my friends exploring all of the shops. Everything about being in Bloomington feels right.”

Here, Candreva shares more about her IU experience and future plans.

Q: What do you like most about your major and scholarship program?

A: Being a journalism and communications major has been much different than I had expected. You can guess what topics a class might cover based on its course description, but you will always be surprised by how much you really learn. As for my Cox Engagement Scholarship, it has opened up so many opportunities for me. Without it, I would not be as exposed to the town of Bloomington as I am now through my work at the Boys & Girls Club. It has truly opened my eyes to the social issues that exist outside of the IU campus and made me feel more influential as a citizen.

Nearly all of the time that I’m not in class or at work I spend at the IMU Starbucks or at the SRSC. I love going to Starbucks before classes to relax in the big, comfy chairs while drinking my coffee and studying. I make sure to go to the SRSC 3-5 evenings every week. Running and working out is my favorite way to relieve the stress of a hectic week and make some time for myself.

Q: What is your favorite thing about Bloomington?

A: Where do I even begin? I absolutely love the variety of shops and restaurants downtown. I have made it my mission to discover my all-time favorite restaurant. I am still working on it, but so far Bloomington Bagel Company is definitely in the lead.

Q: What is the best college experience you have had so far?

A: I absolutely loved Welcome Week! There were so many activities set up, and as a freshman, it really introduced me to the cultural and social aspects of the IU community.

Q: What do you want to do after you graduate?

A: Move to New York. So far, this is my only plan. I'm not quite sure what I want to do in the journalism field yet, but I know I want to live in the city.

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