A Home Away From Home

By Ari Houston

Nerves surround each student as they leave the comfort of their parents cars, lugging mountains of memories and necessities into the small empty dorm rooms of Read Hall. For some students, this is not only their first year on campus, but their first time away from home and for IU student Meredith Hardy, she is no different.

“It was a big step,” Meredith said as she looks back at her first day on campus now, almost three years later.

The Indiana University campus is Meredith’s home for the next four years. She looks out the single window with tears in her eyes as her parents leave to make the trip back to her hometown, but this time without Meredith. She has to decide if she will let the homesickness consume her or if she will allow herself to jump into …
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