CrimLaw300 wrote:DreamsInDigital wrote:mcubberly wrote:Has everyone liked the ASDs? I'm having a last-minute "I want to go to Illinois" thought, and I'm seriously considering going there. Yikes, only 10 days to decide.
I went to the ASD and I loved it. I got the feeling everyone I came in contact with (administrators, professors, alum, current students) seemed genuine, honest, and as if they truly cared about incoming students succeeding. Even though I was initially not leaning towards Illinois, it is now currently at the top of my list.
Here are the reasons that are holding me back right now (but at the end of the day I don't think either of these will be enough to keep me from Illinois).
- The location isn't exactly my cup of tea. CU itself is a little small but not awful; still seem to be plenty of stuff you can do on your off time. The two hour drive from Chicago on the other hand is nothing but fields with a random house every few miles. I can only imagine how brutal that desolation will be with tons of snow on the ground.
- I want to work in California and going to school in the midwest doesn't give me the best chances. I think UIUC is aware of how much their regionality comes into play when people make decisions and it seems like they are addressing this. The new career services staff they have been bringing in really seem to know what they are doing and are making a huge effort to break into different markets.
As I said, the more I think about it and weigh my options, the more UIUC seems to make sense to me. Maybe i'll see you there this fall.
(feel free to PM me if you have more specific questions or just want a more detailed breakdown of my experience at the ASW)
+1. Couldn't have put this better myself, only difference is that my target market is TX.
Thanks guys! Wow, quick/detailed responses. I'll PM you tomorrow. I am extremely impressed with what UIUC is doing right now. I can't believe they're shooting for a class of 180. I wish I'd gotten the chance to visit. It sounds like a great place. Has anyone posted campus pictures?
Chambana is why I'm worried about U of I as well. The cornfields aren't super alluring, and while I would probably like to stay in the Midwest, it seems like it'll be difficult to get around without a car. After living in Columbus/New Orleans, it's hard to imagine going back to central Illinois to live. But again, it sounds like a great school. Aahhh decisions.