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Illinois State University


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

Finding the right college is much like buying a new pair of shoes. There are many different styles, but you have to find a pa...

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

Finding the right college is much like buying a new pair of shoes. There are many different styles, but you have to find a pair that appeals to your own taste yet comfortable enough for a long journey. The most beneficial experience I engaged in, when looking for the right school, was preview. The program allowed both prospective students and parents to come and stay, on campus, to get the true feeling of the school. If the college does not offer a preview take a weekend and go stay as close to campus as possible. This experience allows you to test the waters. Hopefully you choose a college that makes you comfortable and feel right a home. To aid this, I recommend getting involved in your major. Join clubs your major offers, volunteer throughout the community, and engage yourself in research. These activities allow you to learn about your field, so you can decide if it is right for you. However, you can always return those shoes if they are not the perfect fit. If your first choice does not work do not like that discourage you, maybe you just need a pair with a little more cushion.

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

One thing I wish I would have known before attending Illinois State is when and how to apply for scholarships. Unlike highschool, there was no one to guide my scholarship search and I was very lost. Due to my difficulties I found myself having to pay a lot more out of pocket, via loans, then I would have liked. Even today, I wish I better understood Illinois State's scholarship system.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating part of Illinois State University is the cost of living. Property owners raise prices every year and make students pay per-room. Next year I will be a Junior and will have to take out loans so I can not only pay for a higher education but also afford a $415 rent. It is sad that they are allowed to do this. Students have to live near campus and it is not fair that property managers are making student's dreams harder to achieve.

Nicole
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is best known for its nursing and education programs but once i got here i realized that the all of the majors are ...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is best known for its nursing and education programs but once i got here i realized that the all of the majors are well rounded and good.

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

1. Dont be scared to try new things. College campuses are full of fun and exciting opportunities but it is up to the student to grasp them. 2. There are so many types of people on a college campus that it is such a great way to meet tons of people and get a wide variety of people as friends. My favorite part of school is honestly meeting new and awesome people.

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

The worse thing about my school is the fact that it is not really that diverse. I would love to see more students from different nationalitties around campus.

Margaret
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is best known for its Nursing, Education, as well as Business programs. Besides the education aspect, the school i...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is best known for its Nursing, Education, as well as Business programs. Besides the education aspect, the school is also known for its sports, specifically basketball. During football and basketball season, you will see nothing but school colors around campus, and tons of people at the stadium.

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

It is very important to visit a wide variety of colleges and talk to staff or graduates of the school. Dont pick a college just because your best friend or boyfriend/girlfriend attends it. It is a whole new chapter in your life when you get to college. You will make new friends who will be your life long friends. To make the most of your years at college, join a sports team or a club. Putting yourself out there to make new friends is a part of college, whether you know it or not. Also, putting trust into your teachers helps also. You cant be afraid to talk to them or go to them for help. Whether it be before or after class, or even going to their office hours. I have found that doing this helps you out a lot.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A student who has a good sense of time management, and is willing to put in an adequate amount of hours studying each week. This is the type of school that bases a lot of classroom activities on group work or activities, so being able to interact and be open to new situations always helps as well.

Mary
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates tend to be friendly, easy to approach people who have a good sense of what is going on in the class and are wil...

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates tend to be friendly, easy to approach people who have a good sense of what is going on in the class and are willing to help you if you need it, even if you are a complete stranger.

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

When you are trying to find the right college, take your time, don't rush or get frusturated. Things like this take time, you won;t find the perfect school right away. Also make sure you visit the schools and go into the bulilnding and meet and talk to studensts on campus to get a feel of what they think. When it comes to the college experience, just go to all your classes, participate do all your work and really study for those tests. But don't just focus all your hard work on studying, go out, meet new people, volunteer and do something good for yourself and the community, my favorite is volunterring at animal shelters. join sports and clubs and anything you think will be fun and safe. And when you get behind in your work, always talk to your professor and get the extra help and tutoring right away I made sure I did that when I got behind in accounting.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Illinois State is a proud school of diversity and acceptance of all people, if people want to come here for a great education and a fun, rewarding time they should be allowed like anyone else.

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

Make sure that you visit first because that would let you know how comfortable you would be in that kind of setting.

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

Make sure that you visit first because that would let you know how comfortable you would be in that kind of setting.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A person who is ready for a challenge and that wont be afraid of the college size.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

I brag most about hanging out with the new friends that I have made.

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

Make sure to visit every campus. Talk to the people you see on the campus who actually attend the school, not the people who are giving you a guided tour. They are paid to tell you certain things about the school. Everyone is generally very friendly and wouldnt mind stopping to tell you something they love about their school. If the feedbacck isnt positive go find some other students to speak to! I promise it will make the choosing that much better.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about my school is how friendly everyone is. I love our campus and the things that go on. I love that all of our buildings are located in a central area which is around our quad. When its nice out you can see so many people doing a variety of things on our quad, from frisbee, to someone playing the guitar, football, people studying together. Our campus is always full of life.

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

Some advice that I would give to parents and/or students about finding the right college is to research colleges that pertain...

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

Some advice that I would give to parents and/or students about finding the right college is to research colleges that pertain to the major that the student is planning on studying. Each college has their it's own area of excellence. The next thing I would consider when deciding where to go to college is the price of each school that is a candidate for the student to attend. College is exspensive, so finding one that fits into your budget is beneficial. Once the student has been enrolled into college, there are several things that he or she can do to make the most out of their college experience. I would highly recommend getting involved at your school. Joining organizations can get you involved and help you meet new people. I would also recommend staying on top of your game in your classes. Don't let your social life overcome everything; you have to remember that you are there for school, not partying. The last thing that I recommend is to study abroad. Studying abroad gives a student a whole new experience to learning. If a student does these three things, college life will be a breeze.

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

I think the worst thing about ISU is it's size. I find the size of the school to be completely fine, but other kids might find it to be too big.

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

A school with a great academic reputation, one with a first class faculty, one that will prepare you to get a job when you fi...

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

A school with a great academic reputation, one with a first class faculty, one that will prepare you to get a job when you finish, and one whose alumni are successful.

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

I would recommend using the following steps in helping your child start their academic life: - College is a time of transition for students. They are just starting to see people doing things that they may not have been exposed to, yet. - Stay interested in what your child is doing, just don't expect them to remain in constant contact with you. The administrative staff at any institution will be happy to assist you and answer any of your questions. - Listen to them without judging when they talk about the future. They may be trying out new ideas and are looking for your support. - Ask open-ended questions about their plans and activities, such as: "Tell me more about how you made that decision?" "What do you think is important in making this decision?" "What is the best thing I can do to help you in this situation?"

What kind of person should attend this school?

A student who desires an individualized educational experience combined with the resources of a large public university. A high-achieving, motivated student who seeks an individualized educational experience at a college that offers excellent undergraduate and graduate programs and supports high-quality research, scholarship, and creative activities.

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

Easy going environment and extremely friendly.

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

Easy going environment and extremely friendly.

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

Make sure the school has the major you're considering picking & make sure there are extra-curricular activities.

What's unique about your campus?

There are a lot of people that attend the university, yet it still has a small school feeling. I also love that practically the whole town is college students. And everything is conveniently located on-campus.

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

Believe in yourself and take every great opportunity as it comes. Go out and meet people, do not be afraid to take chances. G...

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

Believe in yourself and take every great opportunity as it comes. Go out and meet people, do not be afraid to take chances. Get involved and work hard.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

If you are not ready to be away from home

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