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Illinois State University


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

Definitely go visit! Students need to go with their gut as to where they want to go, forcing your children to go somewhere th...

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

Definitely go visit! Students need to go with their gut as to where they want to go, forcing your children to go somewhere they don't want to will end up in both of you being unhappy.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The academic advisors don't really talk to one another, so I get conflicting answers about a lot of things.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

This school is based on academics, so if you aren't willing to put forth the effort to get the grades you need/want, don't bother coming here.

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

I believe parents should encourage thought of careers once their son or daughter reaches high school. Some kids don't feel i...

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

I believe parents should encourage thought of careers once their son or daughter reaches high school. Some kids don't feel it is necessary to think about a life career and put it to the back of their mind. I think this is why many more students are taking longer to complete college and therefore are in more debt. Based on their career choice, this will be helpful in narrowing down what college to go to. There are so many colleges out there that are better choices for a specific career. Another thought to have before applying to colleges, is what size would they feel most comfortable and confident in? The size of the college is important for the student, because this could ruin their experience if it wasn't appropriate. If too large, students may fall behind and if too small some students may not flourish as they could in a big university.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

It seemed that there were not as many academic advisors for the education department. They seemed to be overworked and it was always difficult to schedule an appointment with them.

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

I got a lot of information at "preview". This helped me as an incoming freshman.

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

The professors generally do care about their students, even though it is a large school.

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

The professors generally do care about their students, even though it is a large school.

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

Find a college with your personal interests in mind. While searching for something that fits, make sure to talk to people who already attend to get their input. It is best to go somewhere you are 100% sure about so you are spending money on something that is going to be worth your while. If you go somewhere you do not really like, your experience will not be satisfying in the long run. Be prepared, also, to work for your degree. It is a long, hard trip, but in the end, it really does matter.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A person who is not ready to work for their degree should not attend Illinois State University.

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

I really like how close campus is to the residence halls and how close the campus is to each other. It is nice to be able to...

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

I really like how close campus is to the residence halls and how close the campus is to each other. It is nice to be able to scheduel classes 10 minutes with in each other and ake to all on time.

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

I suggest visiting colleges. This is a great way to see if you like the college and how well it will fit yourlifestyle. While visiting a college stop by some of the academic buildings and the residents halls. You will never know if you like something if you do not look at it. I would also suggest looking at many schools, that way you will have a variety to choose from!! Once you get accepted to a college, I suggest you get involved as uch as you can. These experiences you have in college will stick with you for the rest of your life and you can meet people who could be a part of your life even after graduation. I also suggest getting involved in your floor if you live in a Resident Hall. This is a great place to meet people and make new friends. You will make wonderful friends in the Residents Halls. Above all, I suggest that you be yourself!! You will have a great time if you stay true to your self and do things you feel comfortable with. Don't feel pressured to do anything you don't want to do; just be you!!! : )

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

I do not find anything fruserating about my school. I love it here and wish I could be here all the time, even over summer breaks!

Katie
Describe the students at your school.

My classment are nice and for the most part helpful.

Describe the students at your school.

My classment are nice and for the most part helpful.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is best know for their teaching program.

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

Find a college that suits you, and one with your major. Make sure you feel comfortable, do not hold back and try new things.

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

Make sure that the college is focused more on academics then social life. ISU has great professors but students seem more co...

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

Make sure that the college is focused more on academics then social life. ISU has great professors but students seem more concerned with trying to get into a fraternity or soriety. Although social life is important and clubs are important it needs to be t more academically oriented. I would suggest going to a smaller school that provides smaller classrooms. Sometimes at larger schools it is harder to get lost in the shuffle and get to know people. College is definiately a great time in someones life and the memories will last forever, so it is important to choose a school that you feel apart of and catters to your needs as a student. Also, it is important to take different classes your first 2 years. I think that there is too much focus on trying to find a major right away but I think it is important to look at all kinds of fields of study. That is what college is about afterall. Trying to find yourself.

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

Classroom are too large. Soreity and faternities are very influential on campus. Campus is not very diverse.

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

The large amounts of soriorities and franternities

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

I would talk to people that go there. Stop random people on the quad and see how friendly they are. Spend a weekend there an...

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

I would talk to people that go there. Stop random people on the quad and see how friendly they are. Spend a weekend there and try to walk to get groceries and have fun. That is one of the most important things, because living on and off campus you don't always have a car. Try to find parking in a bunch of different places. Take the bus around and see where it can get you, and how long it takes. Eat in the cafeterias all over campus to see where you would like to live. Talk to counselors in a few different departments that you are interested in. Sometimes the counselor almost makes more of a difference than the major. Try riding your bike around to see how easy it is. Really think about your biggest concerns and then try them out. Sit in on a class if you are allowed. Really kick the tires of the school! Don't feel like you are being pushy or nosy; you are going to spend a lot of time and money wherever you choose to go.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

I think the most frustrating thing about my school is the lack of music. I always had to drive to Champaign (40 minutes away) to see any good bands. I really would have enjoyed more culture at my school.

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

Everyone seems to have problems with counselors and classes. Either they can't get the class they need, counselors aren't available, counselors not listening, counselors just having you plug along rather than individualizing your education... I could go on. I have heard too too many stories about requirements being missed due to counselors.

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

The most unique thing is the amount of students attending in such a small campus. The other schools I was accepted to were e...

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

The most unique thing is the amount of students attending in such a small campus. The other schools I was accepted to were either small or very big. I love the way everything is close together; it makes it easy to get to class and to go to events on campus.

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

For the parents, I would say to help your son/daughter pick the college that will meet her needs. This is a time for them to be on their own and figure out what they want to do for the rest of their life. The school needs to be far enough away to get the whole experience, but close enough for them to come home whenever they want. Just be a guide for them and they will thank you for it later. For prospective students, I would say to pick a school that will offer you everything that will make you happy. College is a time to learn more about yourself and to have fun; join a club/organization, make friends, but most of all - do what you want to do. There isn't anyone here to tell you how to live your life. So do everything you can and make sure to take it all in; it will be totally worth it.

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

I brag about the performance of our athletics program and the attendance at the sporting events. Our Men's and Women's Basketball team are really good and the student sections are filled almost every game. The athletes here are also very easy to recognize and talk to. It's fun talking to them and learning about what a student-athlete goes through. If you love sports, this is the school to attend.

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

Expressing the meaning of college in less than two-hundred words is literally impossible. It can hold so many meanings for so...

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

Expressing the meaning of college in less than two-hundred words is literally impossible. It can hold so many meanings for so many different people. However, it has to be said that regardless of what college you attend, it is what you make of the experience. Not everyone enjoys going to a large university or a small local college. However, it is the time and effort you choose to put into your college that can result in the success of your future. The more your school has to offer and the level of involvement you choose , the better student, friend, volunteer, and person you will become. Getting involved is more than just going to class every day and choosing the right college means choosing one that provides you with the opportunity to find yourself as a young adult. Without this, it is impossible to feel prepared for what the real world has to offer.

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

The worst part about Illinois State is that there is very little diversity among the students that attend and the diversity we do have seems often times to be segregated. The community that I went to highschool in was extremely diverse and I find it hard to believe that many people at my school can not even tell the difference between someone who is Mexican or Indian!

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing would be that there are over 20 thousand students but the size of the campus is nowhere near overwhelming in size. I also enjoy the fact that I see many of the same faces in class every day but I can participate in other activities at school and still meet someone new every day.

Jeffrey
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

ISU is best known for its programs in teaching and nursing.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

ISU is best known for its programs in teaching and nursing.

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

The most important thing to consider while choosing a college is how it makes you feel. Visit all the colleges on your list and get a feel for them. If you feel uncomfortable while visiting chances are you will not like going to school there. The most important thing to keep in mind is that the choice is the students. Pick a school that you want to go too, not somewhere someone else wants you to go. The important thing to remember while in school is that there is a fine line between fun and too much fun. Make time to get your work done while still being social.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who wants a very good education, while keeping cost very low.

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