On Making Decisions: Are You Ever Fully Prepared?

When I woke up today, like most mornings, I clicked on my phone and started scrolling through my Instagram feed. Among the countless artsy washed photos, this quote stood out to me:

“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.” Hugh Laurie

I had to read that three times to really get it.

Have you ever been in a situation where you were waiting to do something because you weren’t yet “ready” to do it? Maybe you were thinking about joining a sport (or maybe quitting a sport), maybe you were wanting to have an important conversation with a family member, or maybe you were thinking about taking a road trip with some friends – and you (or maybe even your parents) just weren’t ready to take such action.

What does the word “ready” even mean? A Google definition search yields this:

adjective : \ˈre-dē\ : in a suitable state for an activity, action, or situation; fully prepared.”

Here’s my next question – When was the last time you were fully prepared to do something?

Maybe you’re considering coming to Illinois from a small town. Maybe you’re considering coming to Illinois from out of state. Maybe you’re thinking about community college before coming to Illinois. Maybe you’re contemplating leaving your family and community for Illinois. Whatever situation you are considering, we understand what you will be considering and we know it’s real.

Wherever you are coming from, we will help make Illinois your new home, your new community, and your new family.  When we release your decision in February and you “get in,” we know you will have a lot of things to consider when making the decision to attend Illinois. At the end of the day, whichever decision you make will be the right decision because you are making a choice to further your education.

If you need help discussing this decision, send an email to your admissions counselor through your myIllini account, or give us a call and ask to speak to an admissions counselor (217-333-0302). We’d love to hear from you.


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January 8, 2015, 8:52 am

Brian, this post describes exactly how I’m feeling right now. Thank you so much for the inspiring words, because I practically never feel ready to do anything, even if I’ve prepared for it! No matter how hard I study for an exam, I’m always afraid to take the real test. This feel of failure has really been holding back, and I’ll be coming back to this post frequently to remind myself of this lesson time and time again!



January 9, 2015, 10:35 am

Sivani — Thanks for your comment on my blog! I am glad to hear that it resonated with you 🙂 Hope you are enjoying the break!




January 14, 2015, 11:16 am

I feel so refreshed and positive after going through Brian’s post. 🙂



January 21, 2015, 8:16 pm

Hi, I am planning to graduate from high school in 3 years (after junior yr.) and apply to UIUC. Will it affect my chance of admission?
Thank you very much.



January 26, 2015, 2:17 pm

Hi Madan — As long as you officially graduate from high school and meet our high school coursework requirements, you will be okay to apply for admission. This will not impact your admissions decision as long as you meet the required number of courses as shown in the link. Please let me know if you have additional questions.



Guinevere Nuevaespana

February 23, 2015, 9:02 am

My first choice is to be an accountant but I did not get in to the business school in IL. Is it a great risk to enter into the general studies and then apply for the business school my second year? What is the percentage of those who go to the business school without being directly admitted their freshman year.



February 25, 2015, 8:39 am

Hi Guinevere,

Congratulations on your admission to Illinois! The Division of General Studies is a great place to start on our campus as they have some very talented and highly trained advisers who will give you great instruction as to how to best approach transfer to Business on our campus. I can tell you that the average GPA for those who successfully transfer to Business recently was a 3.77. Out of the 356 students who applied to Business, 211 were admitted for transfer. I hope this helps!



March 2, 2015, 11:17 pm

I recently applied as a transfer to the college of business from a different university, do you know what the gpa range was last year for transfer students successfully admitted into business?