I Applied … Now What?
First things first, if you have already submitted your application through myIllini you should celebrate! I know from experience our application can take time and coordination to fill out. Submitting your myIllini application, application fee/fee waiver, ACT/SAT and TOEFL/IELTS (highly recommended for our international applicants) means you had a lot of things to get done. You should feel accomplished, especially since you are probably doing this for multiple schools!
Now, before your post-application daze sets in, I have a few tips to keep you prepared for decision release day, the May 1st decision date, and the end of senior year.
1. Keep checking your myIllini account! (This one is SUPER important.)
Sometimes things will happen, the test scores you sent will accidentally go to another campus or we will take a look at your Self-Reported Academic Record and notice you forgot to report any math classes and send it back for editing … these things are very rare, but they can happen. Keeping an eye on your account assures when decision day comes you will actually have a decision.
2. Come visit!
Fall is a beautiful time to be on campus, plus actually visiting campus will help you when it is time to make your final decision on where you want to study for the next four years. On top of that, you can come meet some of your favorite admissions counselors in person. We have walk-in hours from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. For some of you, this just won’t be an option, and that is okay. You can still call our office or email with questions. I will also be doing a blog specifically for students who can’t make it to campus later this fall.
3. Keep studying.
I know, it can be tempting to let your grades slip a little senior year. If I am being honest, I can say that I may have had some slippage myself (What can I say, Trig was rough and senioritis was real…). What you do this year is going to set you up for success when you come to campus. Senior year matters. Plus, we will still get your senior grades this summer, and we review them all.
The expectation is that you maintain the same level of academic performance or your admission offer could be impacted. I can also add from my experience, when your parent or guardian gets that midterm grade, you will regret every bit of that slippage…
4. Enjoy your senior year, or at least your last year at home.
I know everyone says these are the best days of your life. I don’t know if I am going to go that far. Personally, I didn’t really like high school that much (college was much better for me), but looking back, I did enjoy all of the time I got to spend with my family watching movies or teasing my siblings. I LOVED being able to hang out with the friends I had known since middle school; things like that change when you leave for college.
So I suggest going to things like prom (I got one of my favorite pictures from all of high school taken there), or playing an extra video game with your little brother (even if you always lose like I did). College is amazing, but high school can be pretty great, too.