LAS Insider blog for prospective students

These students in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences write about their personal experiences and insights throughout the academic year at the University of Illinois. They offer an inside look at the College of LAS and University of Illinois.

As a senior currently on the job market, I am realizing how important it is to develop professional skills early on.
With so many Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) on campus, there are a ton of opportunities to get involved in what you love. From intramural sports, to singing groups, and any hobby you can think of, there’s an incredible amount of RSOs you can join to have fun in your free time. But sometimes the most rewarding experience in extracurricular activities is giving back to the community through volunteer work.
If you asked me three years ago about my college plans, I would have told you that as a pre-med student, I would be studying all day trying to get those perfect scores.
During Spring Break, I traveled to Santa Ana, Costa Rica, where I volunteered in a medical clinic for the week.
Finding a mentor in an academic setting can lead to a nurturing relationship. Building strong ties with a professor whose interest you share can lead to not only a more fulfilling classroom experience, but it can also lead to conversations about turning your interests to more specialized areas and becoming better versed in your field.
When I started planning my fall semester schedule for my freshman year, I knew two things—that I wanted to graduate in three years and that I wanted to have the opportunity to take as many different classes in the LAS departments as I could.
Visiting the campus ice arena for the first time.
The main reason I chose Illinois was to experience living in a new place.
During my freshman year, my advisor encouraged me to explore different careers early on. This gives you time to see what you might like before having to commit to a full-time career after graduating.
While everyone's college experience will be different, there are a few things that every freshman has to complete during their first year of school. Here are my top 12 suggestions to make the most of freshman year: