A new school year means new beginnings. We asked alumni to share their best advice for our Illini on LinkedIn.
"Take risks—and I mean every day! Mistakes may happen, but that is how you learn.” -Carol M.
“Participate more and take advantage of all the University has to offer. Even if that means doing it alone.” -Brian M.
“Trust yourself. You're doing it right, not that there's a right way.” -Aja B.
“Get involved with as many diverse people and have as wide an array of learning experiences as possible so you can make our world better when you graduate.” -Julie C.
“Make sure you have time in your schedule to take a course or two just for the fun of it.” -John B.
“Take advantage of the free cultural events happening around campus! I went to some great events, discussions, and lectures but wish I'd gone to more and/or discovered them earlier on during my time at Illinois.” -Meghan K.
Enjoy the experience
“Learn the songs. 'Alma Mater' was my children’s lullaby.” -Kay P.
“You're here to learn how to think, research, appreciate, and grow. Be open to new ideas and new directions. Hang out with people who are smarter than you. This is the place where you'll build lifelong connections, and you're going to have an amazing experience.” -Rachel C.
“Always be smiling! Life could be a lot worse. You are enrolled in a top institution with great people! Take it all in.” -Michael O.