Strange time of year
It’s a strange time of year. On one hand, we have been working hard to make sure that everything is ready for our next group of recruits. On the other hand, however, we are doing things to make the transition as smooth as possible for those students who are joining the ILLINI family this fall. With that in mind, we have two things that I thought I should mention.
First, our essays have been posted online. If you wanted to get a jump on essays, now is your chance. We tend to rephrase essay questions annually, based on the types of responses we get the previous year. If we didn’t get the kinds of things we were looking for, we adjust the questions in hopes of getting information most beneficial to us. The application period won’t be open until September 1st, but at least you can start working on the part of the application that is likely the most time intensive.
The other thing I will mention is something that I am working with in regards to our incoming class – senior year grades and transcripts. It’s rare to find someone who goes from earning A’s to earning F’s, however we do run into students who start earning C’s and D’s who have never earned those before. Don’t fool yourself. It is a concern. We do ask for explanation. We do rescind admissions offers. We don’t like to do it. We fight with ourselves every year when we do it. But, we do it nonetheless. What’s the moral of the story? Take your senior year seriously. Keep getting great grades. Keep working hard. When you get on campus you will thank me. It’s like working out. Keep yourself in top shape and you can take a day off to do something else you might enjoy. Stop working out and when you start again you will work twice as hard to get back where you were. Trust me.
I’ll talk a little bit more about essays in my next post. It’s my favorite part of an application. Regardless of your grades, they can make or break your application.