LAS Insider blog for prospective students

Students and alumni 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.

When it comes to choosing a university, average class sizes are a point of anxiety for many prospective students. With an 18:1 student to faculty ratio, majority of classes within the College of LAS aren’t lecture style, but rather small class settings where students can engage with their peers and world-renowned instructors.
As you choose classes to fit your schedule and consider your general education and major/minor requirements, it can be easy to miss some of the other fun classes that are out there.
Jonathan Elugbadebo, the College of LAS' associate director of recruitment and admissions, shares answers to questions he frequently hears from admitted students and their parents.
In my semester abroad, I’ve lived as a resident of Spain, rather than a visitor. I’ve seen some good, bad, and ugly. I’ve seen beautiful landscapes and beaches, yes, but I’ve also seen a country struggling with political and economic uncertainty akin to what we have in the United States.
One thing I’ve learned while being on campus is that trying different things can be extremely beneficial. Depending on what area you want to major in, there can be room for you to try things that don’t necessarily fit within the frame of your major.
I know that someday, when I’m itching for something different outside of my current interests, I could go to law school, get my MBA, work in politics, start a nonprofit, be a teacher, or do something completely different. I am a sum of both my education and my experiences.
Nothing screams school pride like Homecoming week, and this couldn’t be more true at the University of Illinois.
Research in LAS does not have to be the stereotypical lab-bench-and-microscope kind of work. You can find research opportunities across all departments and fields of study that LAS has to offer.
The best advice I received coming to the University of Illinois was to network. My parents, high-school teachers, and older peers all encouraged me to do so, so when I got to Illinois my freshman year, I jumped right in.
Since graduating in December 2016, I have been living the “grown-up” life. I loved every second of my time at Illinois wish I could go back and do it all over again. However, here are a few things that I know now that I wish I could take back with me to the start of my college journey.