From Drought to Genetics, A Lifetime of Plants

Why do I belong at the University of Illinois? In 1988, drought was the main concern in my small southern Illinois town. My parents’ only blessing that year was the birth of a baby girl amidst the withering crops. What no one knew then was that the current drought crisis would ultimately influence the career … Read moreFrom Drought to Genetics, A Lifetime of Plants

Hidden Interests

In an essay of about 300 words, tell us more about yourself, describing interests and accomplishments which are not indicated elsewhere on this application. The question was “1. Having a diverse and exciting community of students is an important component in determining a great university. How can I contribute to that population?”As I sat at … Read moreHidden Interests

What Makes This Black Guy Himself?

Each year, the University attempts to admit a student class with diverse backgrounds to bring diversity to the University campus. In an essay of no more than 300 words, tell us why you would be a fine addition to the diverse nature of students and faculty on campus. I defy odds. From birth, doctors predicted … Read moreWhat Makes This Black Guy Himself?

My Room

Personal Statement (500-800 words). The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign values excellence, inclusion, and service. We expect students at Illinois to embrace these values as described below: Academic excellence and intellectual adventure, cultural diversity, service. It was 11:30 on a chilly Thursday night, and I was taking a brief stroll through my neighborhood. My mind … Read moreMy Room

Why Electrical Engineering?

Explain your interest in the major you selected and describe how you have recently explored or developed this interest, inside and/or outside the classroom. You may also explain how this major relates to your future career goals. Limit your response to 300-400 words. All I heard was giggles coming from my classmates as my name … Read moreWhy Electrical Engineering?

Computer Science + Linguistics

If you select a second-choice major other than the Division of General Studies on your application, write a second essay explaining your interest in this major, too. Again, limit your response to 300 to 400 words. “I’m afraid. Dave, my mind is going,” pleaded HAL 9000 in a monotone voice. Although I was aware of … Read moreComputer Science + Linguistics