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Illinois State University


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

A big school with the feel of a small school.

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

A big school with the feel of a small school.

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

Go for what you want, listen to your heart. This is the place you will be attending for FOUR YEARS, or more, of your life! You want to enjoy it. Take everything into consideration, but really think about where you fit in and where you think you would flourish.

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

I wish I knew that the special education major was so crammed. I had no idea that finishing in 4 years was really hard to do.

JaLyssa
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates tend not to look like me!! What I mean by that is they are usually caucasion and not African American. This do...

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates tend not to look like me!! What I mean by that is they are usually caucasion and not African American. This dodnt really bother me that much until we talk about an issue on African Americans and they all expect me and the rest of the blacks to respond.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Illinois State University is best known as the teacher school!! Most of the people that are enrolled here are some type of education major!!

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

The advice I would give parents and or students about finding the right college is to make sure that school fits you as a person. Make sure the school has a reputation for something good rather than being the biggest party school. I also would look to see whats the graduation rate and how likely you are to get a job fresh out of college. Also take a visit of the campus. If the campus is too big that might affect a person in a negative way. I think if you use this advice you are bound to find a good college!!!!

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

One piece of advise for students trying to pick the right school to attend is go where you want to go. Do not go somewhere b...

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

One piece of advise for students trying to pick the right school to attend is go where you want to go. Do not go somewhere because your boyfriend or girlfriend is going to that school because you never know what could happen. If the student does not do what he or she wants to do then their college experience will not be everything that they want it to be. Going tothe same schools is fun. I myslef did that. Both my freshman and sophomore years of college I have roomed with someone that I have know from my home town. This is not always the best thing simply becasue this does not allow one to get out of their comfort zone and meet new people. If one rooms with someone they know from home it is fun, but I would suggest from experience to go with random roomemate. Sure, sometime it will not work out becuase college is all about growing and meeting new people. Also, pick the school that feels best to you when you go visit not the one that your parents liked the best it is the student that has to live with their choice.

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

Honetsly I can not thing off the top of my head what I do not like about this school. One thing could be the amount of work that is put on us at the end of the year by our teachers. Finals are coming up and everyone is getting more stressed and then the teacher anounces that you will have a paper due or test the week before finals when we should be concentrating on finals not another assignment.

What's unique about your campus?

The atmsophere is the greatest thing about Illinois State Unitversity. There is any club you can think of on campus from sports club to a cereal eating club. Campus events like basketball game are very popular and are a blast to go to. I have never felt out of place at this school. Also, everyone is very friendly and open to meeting new people. If you want a school where you can go out and party you can do that her, but if you want more of a quiet setting there is also that.

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

ISU is big, average, public school with too much socializing for how high its standards of education are.

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

ISU is big, average, public school with too much socializing for how high its standards of education are.

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

I think the most helpful thing, after researching yourself online or with interviews, is to actually speak to people attending this university. Visiting is very important to get a feel and talk to students about the courses, professors, and advisors.

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

The very worst part is class registration. I've registered for 4 semesters thus far and have never gotten into a first-choice class. Academic advisors have also proven to be very unhelpful in this area and it makes it hard to stay motivated when you're taking classes you don't like.

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

Overall, you attend school to get an education. Make the most of your 4+ years by learning everything you can for the future....

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

Overall, you attend school to get an education. Make the most of your 4+ years by learning everything you can for the future. Sure, a social life is important but don't let it get in the way of your grades. As a non-drinking student, I also believe parties do not have to rule your life.

What kind of person should attend this school?

This school is good for someone who wants to go into teaching and is not comfortable at a place as big as U of I.

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

I suggest looking not only at the school and its overall reputation, but at the department, college, or school of your major....

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

I suggest looking not only at the school and its overall reputation, but at the department, college, or school of your major. Look into it's rating and see how it compares to other institutions. However do not become too caught up in a school's prestiege or "fame." While degrees from certain schools may carry more weight than others, make sure that you are getting the education that you want and are comfortable with. It is important to find a school that will further your education by providing you with the proper tools to explore and succeed your area of interest. Remember that the dollar amount doesn't always indicate the quality or value of one's education.

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

I can't really think of anything. I mean it all depends on one's perspective and attitude.

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

Go visit the schools that you are applying to. If the school doesn't feel right, chances are you won't do as well. Once you...

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

Go visit the schools that you are applying to. If the school doesn't feel right, chances are you won't do as well. Once you are in college, get involved in something. Make friends and be active in activities on your campus.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who is not willing to work hard and who doesn't have a drive to succeed should not attend this school.

What kind of person should attend this school?

This school is a good fit for all types of people. I think that anyone who goes here can find something on campus that will fit their needs. There are so many different groups on campus that everyone has somewhere that they fit in.

Betsy
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

ISU is best known for the College of Education because many Education majors come to this school since it is an excellent sch...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

ISU is best known for the College of Education because many Education majors come to this school since it is an excellent school for this.

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

As a college bound student is looking into colleges with his or her parents, it is important to gather as much information as possible about the college and especially to visit the college. Once they visit, it is important to see the dorms and inquiry with residents what it is to live in the dorms because the majority of the time is spent in a dorm room. To make the most of the college experience it is necessary to become involved in organizations to balance between classes and a job if students choose to have one. Being part of an organization or many gives student a sense of belonging and competence. Overall, it is important for the students to question themselves if they could see themselves live and be happy and successful in that one college that they are looking into.

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

It is considered a party school, there's a lot of underage drinking on and off campus.

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

I would tell the parents to sit down with their child and figure out what their child wants out of college, besides a educati...

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

I would tell the parents to sit down with their child and figure out what their child wants out of college, besides a education. For example, if they want the experience of living away from home, then a university would be a great choice. If they would rather not leave home, then they should choose a community college. If they want to make lots of friends, then a large university would be the way to go, if they are nervous about being around large groups of people then they should aim for a smaller university. It all comes down to what exactly the potential student is looking to get out of their college experience.

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

The different on campus jobs that were available.

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

Finding the right college is a lot like an interview. You are interviewing the college to see if it accomodates to your part...

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

Finding the right college is a lot like an interview. You are interviewing the college to see if it accomodates to your particular interests on campus, and if the college will deliver the knowledge you wish to receive when you graduate. Visit a couple of campuses and ask any question that comes to mind to a couple of students. Tour guides are there to spruce things up, students will tell the truth. For example, If you are interested in the sports program, ask a sports athlete that goes to the university. The best recommendation about making the most out of your college experience is to be yourself. There is no popularity contest in college, and making friends is much easier to do. I guarantee there are students that share the same interests as yourself, and being yourself is the best way for them to find you.

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

If you need help from a teacher, they usually make you feel bad for not knowing the answers that you are having difficulty with, then they help you.

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