Masa Akari spent her early childhood in Pennsylvania, USA and then moved with her family abroad to Jordan. She decided she wanted to return to the United States for her higher education and is now a junior at Illinois College (IC) majoring in Communication and Rhetorical Studies.  

Masa tells SchoolApply about her experience at Illinois College.

Higher Education in the United States

Masa always knew that she wanted to pursue her higher education in the United States. She appreciated the academic environment in the US and she was looking for a college where the students and faculty were welcoming and diverse. She applied to various schools in different states and during this process, her counsellor recommended Illinois College (IC) as a good fit for her. IC is a private liberal arts college located in Jacksonville, Illinois – a small town set amidst beautiful lakes and fertile farmland.

IC

Settling Into Campus

“It’s never easy moving to college, whether you live down the street or across the globe - college always has its challenges,” Masa shares. Her trials mostly revolved around fitting in and finding a place for herself in the small campus town.

Masa grew up in a crowded city, so the adjustment to small-town life was not easy for her. She was unaccustomed to living in a place with no public transportation system. Despite this, she quickly learned how to get around town and also made friends who were happy to drive her about when she needed a ride.

IC works hard to accommodate students who do not own a car by organising buses and shuttles when required. For example, IC schedules shuttles every weekend that takes students to Wal-Mart, the local hypermarket and provide rides to and from the airport and train stations during school breaks. There are even shuttles jetting off to the state capital of Springfield every two weeks so students can explore the area and do some shopping. “The Student Activities Board also does a great job of hosting various events on the weekends so whether you’re spending your evenings on campus or off, you’re bound to have fun,” Masa says.  

Masa always knew that she wanted to pursue her higher education in the United States. She appreciated the academic environment in the US and she was looking for a college where the students and faculty were welcoming and diverse. She applied to various schools in different states and during this process, her counsellor recommended Illinois College (IC) as a good fit for her. IC is a private liberal arts college located in Jacksonville, Illinois – a small town set amidst beautiful lakes and fertile farmland.

IC

Settling Into Campus

“It’s never easy moving to college, whether you live down the street or across the globe - college always has its challenges,” Masa shares. Her trials mostly revolved around fitting in and finding a place for herself in the small campus town.

Masa grew up in a crowded city, so the adjustment to small-town life was not easy for her. She was unaccustomed to living in a place with no public transportation system. Despite this, she quickly learned how to get around town and also made friends who were happy to drive her about when she needed a ride.

IC works hard to accommodate students who do not own a car by organising buses and shuttles when required. For example, IC schedules shuttles every weekend that takes students to Wal-Mart, the local hypermarket and provide rides to and from the airport and train stations during school breaks. There are even shuttles jetting off to the state capital of Springfield every two weeks so students can explore the area and do some shopping. “The Student Activities Board also does a great job of hosting various events on the weekends so whether you’re spending your evenings on campus or off, you’re bound to have fun,” Masa says.