So, you’ve submitted your college applications and you’re waiting to get your decisions back. At this point, it may feel like there’s nothing you can do but wait and worry. However, there are a handful of things you can be doing during this tormenting wait to make it a little less painful.
1. Join Facebook groups for your graduating class.
This is a great time to introduce yourself to fellow prospective students! Find groups on Facebook for students in your graduating class. In these groups, students post about their prospective major, hobbies, and things they hope to get involved in. This is the perfect opportunity to introduce yourself to people with similar interests.
2. Browse through activities to get involved with on campus.
At Illinois, there are hundreds of student organizations to take part in. A master list of registered student organizations can be found at https://illinois.campuslabs.com/engage/organizations. Finding some organizations that strike your interest make for great talking points when meeting other prospective students.
3. Familiarize yourself with the various housing options.
The university requires students to live in a certified facility for their first year. There are options to suit every student’s individual, unique wants and needs. Read through what makes each housing option unique and pick out your top three. With this ranking in mind, you can start to find potential roommates in other prospective students with similar rankings.
4. Plan a campus visit.
There’s only one way to know if a school truly feels like home—visiting it! Illinois offers several visiting options, including in-person and virtual visits. Visit https://admissions.illinois.edu/visit for more information.