Little Fish in a Big Sea
I wanted to make a blog post for anyone from a small town that is nervous about transitioning to a large university. I grew up in a town called Waterloo, Illinois, with a population of about 9,000 people. My graduating class had 150 students, so coming to the University of Illinois, where my class is upwards of 7,000 students, was a huge step for me.
I had my doubts about how I was going to fit in at Illinois, but I quickly learned that being at a large university was exactly what I needed. No matter who you are or what you enjoy doing, there are people here that you will mesh well with. I mean, many students probably didn’t have a “drive-your-tractor-to-school” day like my high school did, but honestly, I’m perfectly okay with that.
If anything, fitting in at the University of Illinois is even easier than in a small town. Here there are so many different groups and organizations where everyone can find their home. I, for one, joined a social fraternity where I met my best friends that will probably be standing beside me at my wedding one day.
You will find your niche sooner than you think on campus—especially since we have Quad Day before the semester even starts where you can sign up for all the organizations you are interested in!
So the moral of the story is … DON’T PANIC.
You may be a small fish in a big sea, but with a big sea comes big possibilities!
If you have any more questions about what it’s like being from a small town and coming to the University of Illinois, please feel free to comment and I will get back to you as soon as I can!