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Navigating post-graduate plans in the pandemic

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College students across the nation left for spring break in March 2020 expecting to return the following week, but with the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, many didn’t return to in-person learning for at least six months. Others remained virtual for more than a year. In place of large lecture halls, students finished academic years and began new ones in their childhood bedrooms, logging on to Zoom classes for hours each day while balancing responsibilities at home. Some even finished their college careers without an in-person graduation ceremony or a sense of what might come next. 

Navigating graduate school prospects in light of this presents a new wave of challenges to recent grads and those approaching graduation, and to talk about it, we were joined by admissions officials and a graduating senior from the University of Illinois.


Rebecca Ray

Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, University of Illinois College of Law

Jennifer Larson

Director of Recruiting and Admissions, Gies College of Business Graduate Programs

Ben Christiansen

Current undergraduate senior in Political Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign



Prepared for web by Owen Henderson

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