Charleston, IL
Eastern Illinois University


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Bethany
Describe the students at your school.

Willing to help you out.

Describe the students at your school.

Willing to help you out.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell the students looking to find the right college for them they need to look at a frw different things. The first being class size, what size class are they most comfortable in, i lecture hall or a class full of 20 to 30 other students? Then they need to look at how far away from home do they want to be. Finally they need to look at not only what they can aford but also what shcool offers the best program for the career they want to persue.

Kara
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I think that it is impossible to be completely satisfied with a college or university one attends. It's difficult to find y...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I think that it is impossible to be completely satisfied with a college or university one attends. It's difficult to find your niche when money is involved along with a conglomerate of other factors. I do not particular enjoy Eastern because I do not like small towns, and prefer a much more city-like atmosphere. I had to be practical at my age because I needed to finish school without have a plethora of loans at the end of my school career. Eastern is affordable and accomodating to my lifestyle. I am a single parent and have my child's best interest at heart. The school is particularly fitting for younger students who are interested in Greek Life. I have other responsibilities at this point, and I am mainly looking to finish my degree and return to the south side of Chicago.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known that Charleston had absolutely no jobs to offer students off campus.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

People that are interested in Greek Life.

Marie
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When looking for the right college, look for a place that not only suits you or your child academically, but a place that the...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When looking for the right college, look for a place that not only suits you or your child academically, but a place that they can see themselves walking around carrying books, going to class. Make sure that the school you are looking at is a place you can truly feel yourself calling home. From the surrounding neighbors, to student life, it is important to make sure you can see yourself fitting into the college that you are looking at. If you are not completely comfortable with the college you are interested in, strongly reconsider looking around until you can find a perfect fit for you. If you are not at home at your new school, the challenges of college will only become that much more difficult.

What's unique about your campus?

I consider the best thing about Eastern Illinois University to be the common academic level of all the students. This is not to be seen as a bad thing in any way, shape, or form. The common academic level of all of the students allows for the students of EIU to relate better without the feeling of intimidation inside and outside of the classroom.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

The kind of person that should not attend this school should be one that is very career driven, looking to study all of the time and make important connections to use through out their entire lives. EIU offers a great university for those who were not at the top of their class in high school because Eastern may not be challenging enough for their intellectual level that they are used to being challenged to.

Ava
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Eastern offers an affordable and excelent education.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Eastern offers an affordable and excelent education.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The first piece of advise I would give parents is to make sure your child has enough money for college. Help your child fill out the FAFSA application if needed. Then help your child research their field of study within the universities they are thinking of applying to as well. Some colleges may be cheaper and have better departments, such as History or Business, than others. Also, parents need to make sure that their child is well equipt with the proper school supplies. It is hard enough to have to worry about classes, but it is even harder to worry about classes and things like not having enough pensils, paper, or toiletries. Keep in mind that the student may have to pay to wash and/or dry their laundry, so he or she might need a monthly allowance. Finally, I would say to the parents, keep on encouraging your child. If you (the parent) don't care, they (the students) won't care. It is ok to ask your child if they went to class on any given day, and encourage to get involved with things like sports, choir, or hall council. I believe these are the keys to success.

Emily
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would say to make sure that the education your child/you will be getting is worth the price. Research the school you are lo...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would say to make sure that the education your child/you will be getting is worth the price. Research the school you are looking at , ask your friends what they think, and try to find someone who attended. I would also say to make sure that the person who is thinking about attending this college has an activity or organization that they can join. This is very important in a student's life. It is needed to be all around successful in their college career.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

I consider the worst thing about my school to be it's job placing techniques. I need a job and I've been applying for a year and I still cannot get one.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Some one who likes bigger classes and a bigger campus.

Jessica
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A group of people of all genders and backgrounds, from places near and far, coming together to be an EIU Panther!

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A group of people of all genders and backgrounds, from places near and far, coming together to be an EIU Panther!

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Eastern Illinois University is best known for their education program. Way back in the day, this school was originally called a teaching school and then it broadened its majors giving many people a chance to accomplish another career. Overall, it is a great academic school with great varsity sports and many activities for students!

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

You're the only one who can determine the right college for yourself. Make sure to visit several schools and look at all the opportunies the schools have to offer. NEVER chose a college because it is what someone else wants for you. As a parent, you should always support your childs decision. And as a Student, don't worry about how far the school is or how much it cost, there are programs out in the world today striving to make sure people receive a proper education. When you're at college, always take in what you're experiencing. There are so many opportunities given such as frats to intramural sports to jobs. Don't worry about being nervous. Everyone is in the same boat and it is a new and great experience for everyone. Go where you want to go. Do what you want to do. And remember, its not only about being social, its also about getting good academic grades and striving for a goal in life- to do what you were born to do!

Melissa
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

No matter what go away to college, its a good experience.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

No matter what go away to college, its a good experience.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

That its my life so I should make my own choices, and i dont have to go out every night.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Its in the middle of nothing, and is really small.

Rachel
Describe the students at your school.

In my experience, most of my classmates at eastern have been hard-working students who care about their future and really wan...

Describe the students at your school.

In my experience, most of my classmates at eastern have been hard-working students who care about their future and really want to learn, not just graduate with a degree; of course that depends on the time and the day, at your 8am and Friday classes you'll find many students with a much less ambitious mind frame.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Eastern has a relaxed and easy-going feel to the campus. It is big enough to where you see and meet new people everyday, yet small enough so you do not feel lost. The class sizes are perfect for discussion and group projects. Everything on campus is within close walking distance so you do not have to rush to get to class. Compared to other universities in Illinois, EIU had a cleaner campus, newer buildings, and all-in-all a more positive atmosphere.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

My number one advice to students searching for their dream college would be to relax and pick the college you feel you would fit in best at. Forget about dorm food quality, the party scene, and all the other petty factors that tend to rule many college decisions. Pick a college that has a good major for your intended career and one that you would feel at home at. After that, GET INVOLVED. Join a sorority, the accounting club, or Habitat for Humanity.. whatever, just join something! It is the best way to make friends, build your resume, and learn to live with your new found independence. In my experience, those who were uninvolved were the ones who dropped out of school, transferred, or just plain hated college. If you are going into your new college as a freshman, my advice is to live in the freshman dorm. You will meet so many people, learn things you would never be able to otherwise, and have the time of your life doing it. To parents: Relax, trust your child, and let them have some independence. Students: Tip #1 - Go to Class.

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