The Moment I chose Illinois

Congratulations! You’re admitted to the University of Illinois, and you’ve either chosen to accept your offer or you’re choosing between a couple schools. There’s no doubt it’s a tough decision to make, but the moment I chose Illinois was a moment that changed my life. 

Let me tell you about it. Choosing Illinois was not a decision I expected to make as soon as I did, but as soon as I received my acceptance letter, Illinois felt right. Choosing Illinois immediately felt like I was joining one of the biggest families in the country. The college decision was one that caused me a bit of anxiety because I didn’t want to make the wrong decision, but the second I pushed accept on my computer to the University of Illinois, I felt all that anxiety and fear go away. 

Illinois has provided me opportunities that I would not have found at any other college or University in the world. Being a part of this Illini family has changed my life forever and it’s been an experience I would not change for the world. It all started by pushing one big “ACCEPT” button and becoming a member of this community forever. 

Again, congratulations on your acceptance! That’s a huge deal. Enjoy the moment and trust your gut. We want you here! Go Illini! 



Class of 2023
I'm a Special Education major who was born and raised right here in Champaign-Urbana. My love and passion for this university is unmatched, and I'm passionate about sharing why choosing to stay close to home for school has truly given me the best of both worlds.

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