I Almost Went to Butler University

Quick story to preface today’s post…

I almost went to Butler University. They had a great education program, it was close to home, and they offered me a decent amount of scholarship money. I loved the campus; it was absolutely stunning. But then, I asked a question that deterred me from ever attending. The question was, “Do you have a football team?” The answer? They do not.

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Three years wiser, I can now reflect on my decision in a way I never had before. Let me first say this. I am beyond thankful for my decision to attend the University of Illinois. But, would you like to know how many football games I have been to?

Half of one.

The academics are really one of a kind, and Champaign-Urbana has become my second home. Still, the truth of the matter is that I chose not to attend a college because they didn’t have a football team.

Today, I urge high school seniors to learn from my mistakes. Deciding which college will best suit you is a true challenge. There are so many factors to consider: distance from home, cost, academics, and more. Most high schoolers tour at least three or four campuses, so how do you narrow it down to one?

Photo from Rachel Hernandez

Ultimately, it boils down to choosing the university that will supply you with the tools you need to succeed academically.  If you can see yourself succeeding academically, the rest will come naturally. College is a time to truly feel comfortable with your own choices and to grow into an adult. Don’t choose a college based on their sports (or lack thereof); choose a college based on your future success.



Class of 2020
I am studying Middle Grades Education with concentrations in Social Sciences and Literacy in the College of Education. Although I now reside in Champaign, I am originally from Vernon Hills, a Northwest suburb of Chicago.