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.

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.
The College of LAS’ size provides plenty of opportunities, though some students wonder how to make a place so big feel like home. Fitting in is easy, considering our campus is lucky to be so diverse. Many students find their niche by the end of the first month on campus and already have established friendships.
llinois offers countless outlets to help you explore your passions. Whether you join a brotherhood, volunteer on weekends, enjoy squirrel watching, dance, or play broomball, you can find other students to share in your interests.