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In a building's hallway, a student adorned with a graduation sash stands, radiating a joyful smile.

Georgina Adatsi

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS

A women with sunglasses standing in front of the beach

Emmarie Alexander

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

YOU HAVE TO BE WILLING TO PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE. YOU CAN’T BE SCARED OF BEING TOLD NO

The visage of a student adorned with a wide and joyful smile.

Hafsa Amir

Gies College of Business

FOLLOW UP WITH RECRUITERS, BECAUSE THAT’S A GREAT WAY TO GET TO KNOW A COMPANY

A student with a beaming smile, positioned before a doorway.

Jessica Austriaco

The Grainger College of Engineering

KEEP REACHING FOR BIG IDEAS; FIND STRONG ADVOCATES

A joyful graduate in cap and gown, clutching their degree, ready to embark on new adventures.

Cayden Boyer

School of Information Sciences

NEVER MISS AN OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE BACK

A cheerful man, positioned in front of machinery, folds his hands in a pose.

Kevin Burns

The Grainger College of Engineering

BE PASSIONATE AND PROACTIVE

A jubilant student, dressed in a graduation sash and cap, stands with arms outstretched in a triumphant pose in front of the Grange Grove gate.

Araceli Carbajal

School of Social Work

CONTINUOUSLY ASK YOURSELF WHO YOU WANT TO BE

A picture capturing the joyful expression of a woman.

Cassandra Chlebowski

College of Education

NETWORKING CAN BE AS SIMPLE AS SPARKING A CONVERSATION WITH A PEER

A student, dressed in a graduation gown, stands before a model representing their alma mater with a joyful smile.

Kelvin Cross

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

STAY ENGAGED TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR COLLEGE EXPERIENCE

An image of a happy student dressed in a black suit.

Alex Cualoping

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

IT’S OKAY TO BE A LITTLE BIT LOST

A grinning student positioned before a Google signboard, where individuals share their experiences.)

Christina Ernst

The Grainger College of Engineering

CONFIDENCE IS A SKILL YOU CAN LEARN

A woman is grinning and striking a pose for a photograph.

Hana Hong

College of Media

THERE’S SOMETHING IRREPLACEABLE ABOUT TALKING TO PEOPLE FACE-TO-FACE

A jubilant student, adorned in a graduation gown and cap, clutching a diploma with a wide, beaming smile.

Kara D. Hudson

College of Applied Health Sciences

GET OUTSIDE OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

A smiling student sitting on a couch.

Akeem Kennedy

The Grainger College of Engineering

BE GENUINE TO WHO YOU ARE

A student with a happy smile, standing and striking a pose by leaning against the wall.

Joshua Krawitz

College of Media

USE YOUR TIME AT ILLINOIS TO EXPLORE MANY INTERESTS

A smiling student posing by leaning on the wall.

Lavine Leyu Luo

College of Fine + Applied Arts

SPEND TIME ON WHAT REALLY MATTERS TO YOU

A student wearing a graduation sash stands joyfully in the middle of a pathway.

Abbey Malbon

School of Social Work

IT’S IMPORTANT TO NETWORK WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF PEOPLE BEYOND THE CLASSROOM SETTING

A student grasping a basketball in each hand.

Joseph Anthony Manning

College of Applied Health Sciences

IT’S OKAY NOT TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT TO DO

A gentleman in a blue suit wears a smile as he leans against a wooden wall, striking a pose.

Akash Mattu

College of Fine + Applied Arts

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL YOUR RESOURCES

A student adorned in a graduation sash, beaming with a smile.

Taylor Mazique

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

ALWAYS DO WHAT YOU LOVE, BECAUSE THEN IT WILL NEVER BE WORK

An image capturing a student with a cheerful smile.

Kevin Mclurkin

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

REMEMBER TO GIVE BACK

A photograph of a smiling women.

Desree Mcnair

School of Social Work

THERE ARE RESOURCES AROUND EVERY CORNER

A photograph of a smiling student.

Julia Meirink

College of Media

DON’T BE AFRAID TO PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE

A cheerful student dressed in a blue gown and adorned with a graduation sash, while holding their cap aloft in one hand.

Julie Melnik

Gies College of Business

BE CURIOUS AND GET ENGAGED

An image featuring a student with a cheerful smile.

Kelin Mendoza

College of Applied Health Sciences

MAKE SURE THAT YOU BUILD A SUPPORT SYSTEM

A student wearing a cap and gown stands next to a sign for the Grainger Engineering.

Alison Nunes

The Grainger College of Engineering

MEANINGFUL OPPORTUNITIES CAN COME OUT OF WHAT MIGHT FEEL LIKE FAILURES

Selfie of a student in garden

Linda Obobafio

College of Fine + Applied Arts

TRUST IN THE PROCESS AND EMBRACE DISCOMFORT

A photograph captures the joyful expression of a woman with a captivating backdrop featuring a tower adorned with a mesmerizing glass art installation.

Hayley Peterson

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

BE BOLD AND PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE FULLY

A student wearing a smile, gazing in a different direction, with a building in the background.

Eric Plante

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

SEEK OUT OPPORTUNITIES THAT ALLOW YOU TO MAINTAIN A WIDE BREADTH OF OPTIONS FOR LATER IN YOUR COLLEGE CAREER

A student in a graduation gown and cap, with a joyful expression. In the background, there are pillars of the building.

Mikayla Pollard

College of Applied Health Sciences

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE NETWORKING

A beaming student stands proudly while adorned in a graduation sash.

Jose Del Real

Gies College of Business

HALF THE FUN IS THE JOURNEY

A captured moment featuring a cheerful man with a joyful expression.

Elliott Robinson

The Grainger College of Engineering

ALWAYS BELIEVE IN YOURSELF

A picture of a student with a happy and joyful expression.

Steven Sabatini

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

TAKE TIME TO EXPLORE

A gentleman dressed in a black suit sits on the stairs.

Geoffrey Schmelzer

College of Fine + Applied Arts

TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF ILLINOIS’ AMAZING FACULTY AND FACILITIES

A cheerful student sits on a wall, with a sign indicating the Thomas M. Sibbel Centre nearby.

Bora Shim

College of Media

TAKE TIME TO EXPLORE DIFFERENT MAJORS AND CAREER PATHS

A picture of a smiling student.

Yera Shin

College of Education

GET INVOLVED AND TRY DIFFERENT THINGS

A cheerful gentleman stands before a piece of machinery, leaning against a metal support structure while holding his hands in a pose.

Andrew Shone

The Grainger College of Engineering

INTENTIONALLY GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

A student, adorned in a soft pastel pink suit, beams with a smile.

Nameshia Tetteh

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

TAKE A BREATH AND USE YOUR RESOURCES

A woman striking a contemplative pose, gazing into the distance, with a distinctive architectural structure encircled by water in the background.

Sophie Walton

College of Fine + Applied Arts

CREATE YOUR OWN STANDARDS FOR SUCCESS

A student, beaming with a smile, dons a graduation sash and cap, holding the cap in one hand while striking a pose.

Melia Watson

College of Education

YOU CAN ALWAYS ASK FOR HELP

A student sits in front of the Grange Grove gate, wearing a smile and placing one hand on top of their knee.

Oakley Whalen

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

SEEK OUT MENTORS AND ADVOCATES

A student with a cheerful expression, wearing a graduation sash and holding a graduation cap in her hand.

Rebecca Wood

College of Media

GO FORWARD CONFIDENTLY; LISTEN AND LEARN FROM EVERYONE AROUND YOU

A student wearing a graduation gown and sash, with a big smile on their face, stands in front of the gate to the Grange Grove building, spreading their arms in a striking pose.

Faye Yang

College of Applied Health Sciences

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS’ ALUMNI NETWORK