TOP 10

  1. 1

    Get Involved

    • There are over 1,100 Registered Student Organizations (RSOs), including 75+ engineering-related RSOs
    • Undergraduate research
    • Intramural sports teams
    • The Marching Illini, orchestra, a capella groups

  2. 2

    Network Professionally

    • Engineering Career Services (ECS): Provides career management services to College of Engineering students
    • The Engineering Career Fairs, hosted in the fall and spring by ECS and the Engineering Employment EXPO student committee
    • Many engineering RSOs bring in recruiters from industry to talk at general meetings

  3. 3

    Go to office hours

    • Professors and Teaching Assistants help break down the complex concepts so you can better understand
    • Professors who know students are more likely to give a letter of recommendation
    • Getting to know professors and TAs are great ways to find undergraduate research positions

  1. 4

    Ask Questions

    • The more you question, the better answers you get
    • Use open-ended questions to encourage options, elaboration, and discussion

  2. 5

    Study Abroad

    • Get college credit while immersing yourself in a foreign culture
    • Research and volunteer work abroad is also an option

  3. 6

    Manage your time

    • Make sure you are prioritizing classes, work, family, friends, clubs, health, and hygiene
    • Use a planner, journal, or Google Calendar to keep track of your commitments

  1. 7

    Work with Upper Classmen

    • Adopt a mentor, whether they are someone from an RSO you’re in, your ENG 100 ELA, a CARE tutor, or someone else

  2. 8

    Take advantage of college resources

    • Whether it's the Counseling Center, McKinley, the ARC/CRCE, Academic Advising, ECS, or Campus Safety, know what your resources are and how to use them

  3. 9

    Set goals

    • You will never learn more about your coursework or yourself than when in college
    • What do you want to achieve in college? Out of college? In 10 years? Setting goals motivates you to work for something

  4. 10

    Most importantly, HAVE FUN!

    • You will never have an experience like this again!

In our 70+ years serving the Illinois student body, Engineering Council takes pride in the impact we deliver to the engineering community. EC is one of the largest and most expansive student-run groups on campus, whose mission is to provide the resources and opportunities necessary for every engineering student to thrive during their time at Illinois. We aim to unite the engineering community and help student organizations reach their fullest potential through our community, events, and funding. It is an honor to be serving as the Engineering Council President this year. But, the most rewarding aspect of this role is witnessing firsthand the passion and devotion Illinois students have toward their involvement on campus. Every day I am reminded how lucky I am to be surrounded by such talented, brilliant individuals. From building and racing solar cars to developing cheaper, more accessible prosthetics, and I am constantly humbled by the amazing community I get to call home. This is the reason EC prides itself in its work. Our vision is not to simply give money and resources, but to help Illinois Engineering continue to prove to the world what we can do. If EC can play even a minor role in a student recognizing this vision, then I could not be more grateful to represent this organization.

Jacob HofstetterPresident of Engineering Council