Make the most of it!
Let’s face it.
Classes aren’t going to teach you all you need to know to be a competent and capable professional.
Yep. I said it.
There are no Networking 101 or Collaboration 200 classes in Foellinger Auditorium.
You need these skills, and you need other people to help you learn them.
To find them, you need to get out of your comfort zone.
You need to take risks to make mistakes, and if you do, you’ll come out better than you were before.
It is only outside your comfort zone where you will learn things you will never forget.
It’s where you will learn that looks really are deceiving.
It’s where will learn that there are other people that care and value the same things you do.
And you’ll learn how to work with those who don’t.
It’s where you will learn that, academically or otherwise, getting started is often the hardest part.
And over and over again, you will find you’re glad you pushed through the butterflies. It was worth it.
At a school of 40,000 undergraduate students, you need to be your own advocate.
You need to reach out to all the people and activities you can to help you find your niche.
Your academic adviser could be more than just for help picking out classes, but a mentor for life.
Professors have insights about career choices from their own struggles.
Teaching assistants have been in your shoes very recently.
Outside of the classroom, resident advisers are there to help you make Illinois your home away from home.
There are more than 1,000 RSO’s in which to get involved.
From Alterative Spring Break to the Yoga and Meditation Club, you can be sure to find something to do.
Quad Day overwhelming?
In the search bar at Illinois.edu type in “RSO list.” Done.
In short, be more than a student…
Be a traveler.
Be an intramural champion.
Be a volunteer.
Be a musician.
Be a reporter.
Be a brother or sister – Greek or otherwise.
Be a leader.
Be you – let Illinois make you even better.
Your experience at Illinois is up to you.
What will you make of it?