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.