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  • 5 Things I Didn't Think About When Making My College Decision

    1. You tend to get a job in the area you go to school.

    Most college career fairs host companies from that geographical location. If you go to school in California, a lot of California companies or offices recruit students for that area. My family is from Illinois and so staying in Illinois is something that is important to me. Hundreds of companies from Chicago and other parts of Illinois recruit at The University of Illinois year after year.

    2. Having college friends when you are home on breaks is really nice.

    Most people at the University of Illinois are residents of Illinois. I am from the suburbs of Chicago, and almost all of my friends from college live within a 20 minute radius of me. This is wonderful for having people to hang out with over breaks and for rides to and from school.

    3. Recruiters associate your caliber with the caliber of your school.

    The University of Illinois and the College of Business are well known among recruiters. It is a large school and companies have had many U of I alums working for them. They know the work ethic, integrity, and talent of students in the College of Business here.

    4. The alumni base of a college is your immediate network.

    People often say that it is all about who you know, not what you know. Relationships and connections are how you get to where you want to be. The ILLINOIS College of Business has an alumni network that is 50,000+ strong! There are a lot of people out there for you to connect with and resources to help you connect with them to reach your goals.

    5. A big school can be for everyone.

    When I was applying to colleges, I knew (thought I knew) that a small school would be the best fit for me. I applied to several small school and then to one Big 10 school – U of I. Here I am at U of I and I would not have wanted it any other way. I have found my niche here. With a school of 40,000 students, you are bound to find your place somewhere. My favorite thing about the ILLINOIS College of Business is the community. Everyone is so close-knit and I have built strong relationships with peers and even the deans. I love walking through the business building and seeing so many faces of friends. The College of Business truly made U of I feel like a small school but with all the benefits of a large university.

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