Choosing the School for YOU

Hey everyone! So it’s almost April, and I’m sure you are all freaking out about which school to choose. If you are anything like me, you applied to several schools, which just makes your decision that much more difficult.

Of course, this is the point where I say “Choose Illinois!” And while I think my school is a great choice, I know that there are other schools out there that may spark your interest just as much.

My number one piece of advice is to be absolutely sure of your choice. I gave deposits to three different schools before I decided on Illinois. So I get that not being sure about where you want to go can cost you a lot of money and stress.

The most important thing to remember is that no matter where you go, you have the ability to make your time there a great one! Maybe a smaller school, where you can be a big fish in a small pond, is the place for you. Or maybe a big school, where you can be challenged to stand out from the crowd, is more your style. Whatever your decision may be, just make sure it is what YOU want.

One of the schools I committed to was my parents’ top pick for me because it was closer to home. I was not satisfied with that choice, and I finally just had to say something about it. Your parents should definitely weigh in, but in the end, it is ultimately your choice.

So go out there and do your research and pick a school that makes you feel like you’re at home! I can honestly say, though, that Illinois is pretty cozy. 😉


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March 30, 2016, 10:24 am

I am at this deciding point and will be visiting the campus on 4/8 Admitted Student Day. I am from San Francisco Bay Area in California. I would love to hear from other students from California on their UIUC experience and why they have chosen the school far away from home. What is the best way to connect with some of these students?




April 5, 2016, 4:24 pm

Hi Kevin! I just wrote a blog post on my experience at Illinois as a Bay Area native– hope it answers some of your questions!