Fading freshmen frenzy

Fading freshmen frenzy

Jan 15
Bill Simmons, Assistant Dean of Academic Programs
  

Campus is buzzing again as our ACES students have returned from Winter Break to begin the spring semester. Among those returning are about 500 freshmen who now have a semester of experience and a “different look.” Gone is the far away gaze of students coming to campus for the first time trying to figure out the new college life.

Fall semester is a time of excitement, adaptation, and discovery, and now, with that behind them, they can dig in and enjoy their academic growth and personal development over the next few years.  As it turns out, ACES is a smaller community embedded on a larger campus. Our students can seek out the comforts of small classes, clubs, study groups, and learning communities while retaining access to the hustle and bustle of a vibrant Big Ten campus. What could be better? Build upon your fall success and join a club, work in a laboratory, or look into a study abroad opportunity.

To the high school seniors that received an invitation to join us next fall, you have an opportunity of a lifetime to become part of this special group. We look forward to working with you and preparing you for your transition to the University of Illinois. I, along with other faculty and staff in the College of ACES, enjoy participating in the phases of your academic growth from matriculation to graduation. Have I mentioned that I love working in ACES? Have a great start to your spring semester.