7 Things to Expect Your First Quarter at Medill

Starting graduate school feels like a burst of emotions. It’s exciting and yet, you don’t quite know what awaits you. To make you a little more familiar with what’s coming, here is a list of things to expect in your first quarter in the IMC program at Medill.


You’re going to be overwhelmed, all week, every week

You’ll get to the first week of classes and realize that you already have a million things to read and set up. Then you’ll get to the second week thinking you’ve finally figured it all out, just to realize that you have four assignments due in a matter of days. Then it’ll be midterms before you know it, and a flood of assignments after that. But there is light at the end of the tunnel, just remember to take it one day at a time. Focus on the tasks at hand and by the end of the quarter, you’ll be a master at prioritizing.

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You will continuously be exposed to new things, soak in those exciting experiences.

There are so many things to do in both Evanston and Chicago, and it is essential that you take advantage of those opportunities. Go to IMC events, create social gatherings with the people in your classes, and try out new things you’ve never been exposed to.


You’ll fall in love with Evanston.

The campus is beyond beautiful. Downtown Evanston is lively and always buzzing with people while along the lake it’s peaceful and serene. You’ll never want to leave after seeing what a wonderland Evanston turns into when the leaves change colors. You have to admit – the small-town charm works!


You’re going to meet so many people and they will all be amazing.

Classes at Medill are very diverse, and you will definitely be in a group with someone from a different culture who grew up in a different state if not country from you. This had to be my favorite part of first quarter because I was able to meet so many people who taught me about different parts of the world that I’ve never been to. You’ll meet your new best friends for years to come – within this first quarter.

You will have an abundant support system.

Everyone at Medill is there to see you succeed. From the professors, to your classmates. You’ll never feel like you can’t ask for help or that you are being a burden by wanting a clarification. This is your time to get the knowledge you’ve been searching for.

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You’ll learn and master things you never expected (Cough, statistics, cough)

I personally didn’t think I was going to understand Statistics. I never was a numbers person and I was terrified of the class, until I realized that as long as I kept up with the content and reviewed the work I would completely understand what Ed was saying in class. Before I knew it, I was able to do hypothesis testing and regression, and so will you.


You’ll realize that it is a short program (so utilize it).

Before you know it ten weeks will be over, and your first quarter will be behind you. Then it hits that you only have four more quarters and you’re done with this amazing program. Make sure to take advantage of all the opportunities available to you. Apply to go to a study abroad trip, join a club, don’t take these next 15 months for granted.


2 weeks down the road and we’re FREE!!! With the Spring quarter near the end, what are your thoughts about the past 6 months? Tell us!

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