Alma: Tell me about your student experience.
Julie: Illinois provides countless opportunities to its students. As an undergraduate I tried to take advantage of as many of these opportunities as possible. From living in the Six Pack and meeting all new people freshman year to moving into an apartment and living on my own for the first time, I have grown as a person. The friendships I have developed at Illinois are the most important to me and provided me with a great student experience.
Alma: What are your plans after graduation?
Julie: I have the privilege of remaining a University of Illinois student for another two years through the Graduate School of Library of Information Sciences. I am excited to remain a student at Illinois while perusing my master’s. After I complete the graduate program I hope to work in a University Library and help students in their academic endeavors.
Alma: Is there anything you'd like to say to alumni and friends who support Illinois?
Julie: As a student who worked for the University of Illinois Foundation, I have witnessed first- hand the generosity and support of Illinois alumni and friends. I have had the privilege of interacting with these alumni and hearing why they love Illinois and its students. Thank you for your generous support and enhancing my UIUC experience.
Alma: If you could offer one piece of advice to incoming students, what would it be?
Julie: My advice to incoming students is to take a variety of classes that pertain to your interest. The major you decide when you apply is not set in stone. I transferred from ACES to LAS Art History my sophomore year and have never regretted my decision. You do not have to have everything figured out your first year. Figure out what your interest are and then decide from there and have fun while doing it.