I wanted an education comprised of a rigorous academic curriculum and I believe that UIUC epitomizes that. Not only does it have a high quality education, it provides such an education at a lower than average cost than other schools. I was also basically offered a full ride and it’s very important to me to graduate college debt free. UIUC offers a variety of options for any and everything which is what I love most about it. You can explore your options in sports, courses, and many more areas. And I don’t have to tell you about how colorful and beautiful the campus is. It is truly a sight for sore eyes. The campus is filled with many traditions that everyone participates in and looks forward to, which I thought was one of the most captivating things about it. It feels like everyone that is there wants to be there. The school spirit is unshakeable and it is evident in the students during games and many other events. You can actually feel the spirit. The games are such a huge part of Illinois and I am so excited to experience them. And of course, UIUC is amongst the top 20 sustainable schools and they have the most beautiful gardens you could ever dream of. What better place to further embrace my love for sustainability than UIUC? It is a home away from home and I have no doubts about spending the next four years there. I‘m on a journey to great achievement at UIUC and I look forward to it.
– Sooliat, Class of 2020