The thing that people enjoy about Illinois and going to a college, in general, is the unstructured free time. Gone are the days of sitting in one or eight different classrooms a day for eight hours learning the same subjects. Illinois gives you so much unstructured free time that it really takes discipline to decide how you should spend your time.
Are you going to use it for Registered Student Organizations (RSOs)? A part-time job? An internship? Research? There are so many opportunities to use up all of your time, and you would be doing yourself a disservice by wasting it watching Netflix. I know some students who choose not to get involved outside of the classroom and watch Netflix every day. However, Netflix is always going to be here for you. You only have four years here at Illinois; consider ways to stay busy that make the most of your time.
The biggest thing that I stress to new students at Illinois is to join a few RSOs. Organizations enrich the college experience, and if you join the right organizations, they can bring you lifelong friends and perhaps future job opportunities.
For example, I joined the American Advertising Federation, which is the advertising club here at Illinois. I got connected instantly and met a lot of other College of Media students who are interested in advertising, just like me. Classes were a lot more fun because I got to see my new friends during club meetings, too. I joined four years ago, and I am now the president of the organization. I have gained so many friends and professional opportunities through my experience with AAF.
I wouldn’t have had the time to take advantage of the opportunities Illinois had in store for me if I had decided to spend my free time watching Netflix. If you need an occasional Netflix fix, save it for spring, summer, and winter break!