By going to Illinois, I wanted to get a better idea of the team, the coaches and the college.
Do they have a good journalism program? I wanted to make sure that if something happened and I couldn’t play basketball anymore, would that be a school I would like to attend? During the visit, I got a better idea of what matters most.
The one thing I liked the most about visiting Illinois was their journalism program. I had the chance to meet one of their teachers and visit the UI7 studio which was really cool! Their journalism program is ranked 15th in the country, which I think is very important because I want to get the best education possible.
They are also very successful in providing their students with excellent internships over the summer. I found the players and coaches to be extremely nice. I was often with the team, we went to a football game, to the restaurant, to the cinema, and I stayed in a dormitory for one night.
Photo courtesy of Cayla McMorris.
Basically, I really got a feel for college life. It definitely gave me a better perspective on Illinois.
After the visit I learned a lot more about the academic side of the school and gave me a better idea of what I’m looking for in college:
- The technical staff: how much do they care about their players?
- Does my personality match the culture of the team?
- Ask players how much they honestly like college: their opinion on what they like most and what they don’t like most
- Can I see myself being around these people every day for the next 4 years?
- Is the campus safe?
- How are the housing missions carried out?
- How do students treat athletes on campus?
- What does fan support for games look like?
As I progress through this process, these questions will be critical in making my decision.
For more on McMorris and the other schools she’s considering, check out the storystream on her recruiting process so far.