- Class: Junior
- Major: Communications
- Gender: M
- High School: Schaumburg High School
- Transfer Student: N
To be completely honest, I have never gotten a bad reaction when I told someone that I went to the U of I. In reality, I have found that most people automatically draw a connection between U of I and intelligence, so when I tell them that I go here, they say,"Oh so you must be really smart." Obviously there is a lot of controversy over the chief, with a majority of the students upset by the fact that he has been removed as our symbol. Many students are upset with how the administration handled the issue, feeling that they did not stand up for the tradition of the school. Nevertheless, the issue with the chief has not affected the academic standing of the U of I.
Although teachers in high school tell you that they are preparing you for college, I have found that they are in fact OVERpreparing you. Unless you are an engineer, the workload is a lot less stressful than in high school. Granted, you spend less time in class and have more time to get stuff done at the college level, but still, my experiences have shown that I did way more work in high school than in college. The College of Communications is a great college within the university. Most of the professors within the college are really smart and are great at applying what you learn in the classroom to the real world.
I do not think that any student would feel out of place at Illinois. There are students from every race, religion, background, etc., and although this makes for differences in opinion, everyone seems to work together well. From my experience within the College of Communications, I would say that a majority of the students and faculty would fall to the left on a political spectrum. Although most teachers are pretty good at keeping their own political views out of the classroom, sometime teachers make it quite clear how they feel about certain issues.
The Best Things
It is a great education
The Worst Things