What is your overall opinion of this school?
There are so many great aspects of Illinois State! I absolutely love it here. I thought it would be a huge adjustment coming to such a large school because I came from a very small town where I graduated with only 37 people in my class. ISU is large, but the student body is so unified and the campus really has that hometown feel that I love. It makes me feel like I belong, and I absolutely love the amount of redbird spirit that we have here. The atmosphere surrounding the university is just right. It has that "college town" atmosphere with plenty of places to eat, little shops, a CVS, book stores, or anything else you might need right within walking distance. Even better, if it isn't within walking distance (like Wal-Mart), the city buses are free for students! Academically, it is also great because there are resources for anything and everything you might need, our library is great, and if someone cannot help you, he or she will help you find the person who can!
Describe a day on campus you'll never forget.
I will absolutely never forget the night that Osama Bin Laden was killed. There were people EVERYWHERE rallying. The streets were absolutely filled with students showing support for their country. If you get a chance, search Osama death ISU rally to see the unity among ISU students. It was absolutely amazing and no words can describe how amazing it felt to be a part of this student body.
How often should I phone home? Is once a day too much?
This is totally up to you and what you are comfortable with. I usually don't call home except for once every couple of weeks for short updates. However, my roommate last year would call home nearly every day and it was her second year here. It really depends on how close you are to your family and why you want to be calling home. If it's something you like to do, then go for it. There is no one here stopping you, and it's always good to keep in touch back home to keep a good support system while you're away.
I don't drink. Will it be hard for me to go to parties?
It might be an adjustment at first, but I don't think it will be hard at all. Drinking is totally up to you. Stick to what you want to do, and most importantly, what you don't want to do. There is more to a party than just drinking!
What do people really wear to class?
You will see all kinds of wardrobes in your classes here! Many students go all for comfort with sweatpants and t-shirts, maybe yoga pants. Many people will be found in jeans, and then you also see the students who want to be cute for class. Generally guys wear jeans and girls are found in t-shirts and pony tails, especially if it's an early class. However, the business department requires that students dress professionally for certain classes, so you will see many students wandering around campus in suits or formal clothing. Nursing students are often times spotted in scrubs wandering around campus as well. All in all, wear what you want and I can guarantee you won't feel out of place!
What's the hardest thing about freshman year?
For me, the hardest part was being away from everything I was familiar with. I came to ISU not knowing anyone and all of my friends went to other schools. It was a huge adjustment, but it was the perfect way for me to get out there and find out who I really was and what I wanted out of my college experience. It really didn't take as long as I thought to get acclimated to the college life.
Tell us about the sports scene on campus.
Our campus has so much school spirit. Our campus is really into basketball season and we get pretty competitive with Bradley University. Every game is so much fun, and during homecoming there is a pretty big tailgating event for the football game. I like watching the games, but my favorite part is the school spirit.
Why did you decide to go to this school?
I decided to go to ISU because I knew I wanted to pursue nursing. The statistics were great, so I decided to check it out. Once I came to a visit, I knew it was where I wanted to be. It's also only about an hour away from home, which is close enough for me to go back when I want, but it's far enough that my parents can't just stop by for a visit any time.
What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?
Often times, the students at our school are stereotyped at being party people. While it is a large university, it is easy to see how someone could think that. However, Illinois State is a university with a large, diverse population of students. Not everyone goes out to parties, and there are many events for those who want something other than the party scene.