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University of Illinois Seniors Prepare for Graduation

By Diana Anghel

Graduation is quickly approaching for the seniors at the University of Illinois. As the post-graduate life creeps up on them, some seniors have taken the time to reflect back on their freshman year selves.

“I really think I’m a completely different person than I was four years ago,” Matt Albrecht, senior at the University said. “They say college is when you grow up, and I really feel like I have. I feel like I’m more responsible. I feel like I’m ready to take on the world.”

According to the latest Illini Success report, which keeps track of students’ post-graduate plans, 52% of Illini graduated to full-time employment positions. The average salary for 2021 graduates right after college was $69,000. Another 42% of graduates pursued further education.

Haley Sanders, senior at the University, will be pursuing a Masters in Food, Science and Human Nutrition.

“I’m excited to keep learning about the things I love to study,” she said. “I’m excited to get that hands-on experience.”

Sanders advises younger college students to get the more difficult credits out of the way from the start.

Graduating seniors will join an alumni network of more than 800,000 from all three University of Illinois schools.

“It’s such a unique place, and the people, the campus, are things I’m really going to miss,” Albrecht said.

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