The Legend Of The Indianapolis Motor Speedway

The Legend Of The Indianapolis Motor Speedway

The capital of Motorsports.

No sporting location in Indianapolis holds more prestige and history than the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Built in 1909, this 107-year-old race track has held some of the most important moments in all of racing. The grounds of this hallowed track seep with history and allure. From the famous yard of bricks to gasoline alley, no racing venue has more pomp and circumstance.

There is something indescribable about visiting the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The heady mix of history and importance brings about a certain air of myth to the area. As someone who has been there several times in different roles, I can tell you this never really changes. It's almost like being part of a legend when at the track. Seeing those of racing royalty only several feet in front of you can have quite an impact.

All of this is even without the elements of an actual race. Most of this feeling can occur just from being at the track before you see any cars. Then you add in the parts to make a race. Thousands of fans in the stands, the roar of the cars as they make their way around the track, announcements from the PA about the latest lead change: it all makes for one complete experience.

Now, the feeling does change a little depending on whether you're at the Indianapolis 500 or the Brickyard 400. The 500 is the race that the Speedway is most known for, making it the capital of racing. The Indy 500 is billed as the greatest spectacle in racing, and boy is that tagline fitting. Going to the Indianapolis 500 is an experience one most likely won't forget. The traditions, the fans, and the race itself makes it the most memorable experience in the racing world of both today and yesteryear.

The Brickyard is a little different, as the race has been around a lot less time. There isn't quite the history to hold it to the standard of the Indianapolis 500. However, considering its location, the Brickyard also has that slight feeling of having a history much longer than itself that makes an event exciting. Thinking about what has come before at that same exact location makes the anticipation all that much better.

There is nothing quite like being at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the month of May. One has to truly be there to understand. It's what keeps people coming back and loving the Speedway more than any other race track in the world. Hopefully, you too can feel that on a warm sunny day in May sometime soon.

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Stop Basing Your Ideal Balanced Life Off Others’

Improving your habits to live a more balanced life is always a great concept, except when you base it off someone else.

It’s that time of year again. We’ve all just returned from Spring break, burnt or refreshed. It's also the season for biggest college holiday of the year: St. Patrick’s Day. It’s the one day of the year that a frat boy will roll out of bed at 6 a.m. not to make it to his 8 a.m. class on time, but to crack open a cold one with the boys before the sun has even had a chance to shine. It’s a marathon of drinking for the average college student, and to make matters worse this year it’s on a Saturday, which means there won’t be classes to hold students back from going hard all-day long.

At my campus, an average student should expect to hear about joint or lone frat parties that are held morning, day, and night and then maybe expect a 50/50 chance of making it to the bars (which if you’ve made it that far, you deserve a medal). With all that being said, it is up to you what you wish to do with that information.

As a freshman in college, I went from going out one night every other week at the beginning of my first semester to going out Wednesday through Saturday (four nights) by the time I left for Winter break. My second semester I’d cut down to three. Last semester, two. And now in my second semester sophomore year, I only like to go out one night a week, preferably Saturday.

Was going out that often freshman year good for my health? Probably not. Am I living a more balanced life now prioritizing school and a healthy lifestyle but still making time for fun? For sure!

I still don’t regret going out that much freshman year because it’s normal for students away from home for the first time in a new environment to try taking on new things. For you, that could have looked like my freshman year or it could have looked completely different (or could be if you’re still in your first year). The point I’m trying to make here is that it’s normal to boomerang between different extremes trying to find your perfect balance between responsibility and fun that will bring you success while still bringing you happiness.

Today, I am most certain that the lifestyle I’m living fits my current goals for success and happiness, but that doesn’t mean that your ideal lifestyle at the moment is the same as mine. Why is that? Well besides the obvious that we all have different priorities, it is what those priorities are built upon — values. Most of our values won’t actually ever change, because we adopted them from a young age; however, the experiences we transition through especially during our young adult life will shift around our rankings and prioritization of those values.

For example, one of my larger values is being super socially involved. I’m involved in a social sorority, a professional business fraternity, the honors community, and The Odyssey, but starting as a freshman I didn’t have all these groups and connections. Instead, I became socially involved by going out, which you can meet many new people through. Gradually as I joined these organizations, my network grew quickly and my social bucket was starting to overflow.

My purpose in going out to meet new people quickly diminished because my value for being super socially involved was already being fulfilled. So why do I continue to still go out once a week? Other values that’s purpose also existed in going out was over-shined by my value of being super socially involved. These other values still exist for me, such as letting loose my pent-up energy from the week. It’s nice to have a night out to force you to forget your pressures from the previous week and the week yet to come, but I don’t need more than one night a week to do so. Do you see the balance yet?

Let’s look at another end of the spectrum. Another extremely large value I hold is enjoying my academic success. I prefer to view academia as a gift rather than a burden. By viewing newly learned knowledge as a gift, I may spend more time viewing the material and studying it, but it leaves me feeling up-to-date with my classes and extra-gifted by receiving a better grade.

It’s by my perception of this value that I don’t feel bummed staying in doing homework than going out with my friends. Maybe you don’t have this value and that’s okay! If you don’t have this value and maybe your workload is quite light, then where your larger values do lie are areas to give your time to in one way or another.

Balance is different for every individual. This St. Patrick’s Day, I will not be waking up before the sun to crack open a cold one. I’ll be waking up at my regular 7:30 a.m. alarm to eat a healthy breakfast and workout in my dorm room — which will be followed up with getting glammed up and ready for the St. Patrick’s Day parties that follow. A friend of mine plans on waking up at 4 a.m. (!) while another won’t be drinking at all that day but has offered to take care of anyone that needs a ride.

All our values and value rankings differ substantially, but in our own ways, we are living a balanced life. It’s all in your values.

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10 Things That Can Go Wrong Before 10 AM

Sometimes the morning just makes me want to sleep until next week.

When things just aren't working out before 10 a.m., it is easy to want to crawl back into bed and sleep until Saturday.

1. Bedhead

Everybody has their fair share of bed head, but the kind that needs a shower to fix. Really hair?! Why today! It's too early to be soaking wet!

2. Waking up to a school email

Sometimes, this is good news, snow day anyone? But when a teacher is sending out emails early in the morning there is a chance is it is something about assignments done incorrectly — and nobody wants to wake up to that.

3. Waking up to your roommate in the bathroom

Roommate, I love you — but why do we always seem to need the bathroom in the same moments?

4. Checking your phone to see many missed calls or texts from a family member

The first thing to think is — oh no! Who died? That is never a good way to start a day.

5. Waking up to Snapchats from guys

Hate to break it to you — but the midnight booty call looks especially trashy when it's read at 7 a.m. Also, if you knew the first thing about me — you would know that I am rarely awake after 11 p.m.

6. Oversleeping

*Wakes up at 9:15 a.m.* Well it's not worth it to go to my 9 a.m. now!

7. Realizing in the morning that you forgot an assignment

Rather it was due last night or in my 9 a.m. class, I'm probably going to get a late grade on it now!

8. Car troubles

When the morning is going perfectly — until the car won't start! Sorry boss, sorry professor; I had to walk because my car is a piece of junk!

9. Getting locked out

I had a plan to be productive this morning. But I guess I don't have a choice but to sit around and wait until the front desk opens because my life is behind my locked door!

10.Remembering something unpleasant as soon as the alarm goes off

I wanted the first ten minutes of my day to not worry about the big exam coming up. Thanks, brain!

The bright side is the day can only get better from here! Since it is before 10 a.m., there is still plenty of time to carpe this diem!

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