Category - College Prep

50 Questions to Ask on a College Visit

College visits can be overwhelming. You may step foot on your first-ever tour with no idea how to get the most out of it, what you should pay attention to, or what questions to ask. We don’t want you to feel that way...

How to Make the Most of Your UIUC Campus Visit

You’ve signed up for your UIUC campus visit! Well done. If you and your Aunt Sue are heading all the way over to Champaign-Urbana, you’re going to want to make the most of your time there. Here’s how.  How to Dress...

How to Choose a College Major

Knowing how to choose a college major can be a huge source of anxiety. Maybe you have a gut feeling about what you want to study in college. Maybe your gut is telling you to start heading toward the ice cream because a...

The application is in … now what?

Applying to college and deciding where to spend the next four years of your education is important, just like how the application process is important. Getting caught up in the stress of it is easy, but recognizing that...

Things to Look For On a College Visit

Walking into my first college visit was one of the scariest moments of my high school career. I remember being so anxious that my hands were shaking and my lips felt glued shut. That anxiety led to me not hear a single...

The Hardest Goodbye

Four years ago, I was asked by Illinois Undergraduate Admissions to join a student blogging team. This blog, they said, would reach college seniors in their search for their collegiate home. Writing has always been...

Why I Chose the University of Illinois

My brothers and I are triplets, and we applied to college together. This morning, one of them sent me a screenshot of a letter—on this day two years ago, we were all rejected by one of our “reach”...

It’s Not Goodbye—It’s See You Later

Dear high school seniors, I wish I could give you back your ABC countdown, prom, and senior ditch day. I wish I could give you one last game under the stadium lights. You were cheated and robbed of some of the best high...

Senior Year of High School Reflection

I’m looking back at my senior year. That year was filled with memories and specific stressful events that a senior usually goes through, such as finals, standardized tests, college searching, and so forth...