Students share why they chose Eastern for EIU Go Time

Luke Taylor, Associate News Editor

April 19-23 will be #EIUGoTime Week on Eastern’s official social media pages. 

Eastern’s administration is encouraging current and future students to post using the hashtag on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, or LinkedIn and share their reasoning for attending Eastern. 

According to the Facebook event created by the Eastern Illinois University page, one participant in the event will be selected to receive a $500 scholarship each day. 

“By sharing your stories across all social media channels about why you chose EIU, what you love about your campus, classes and experiences, you could be the one to convince another student to join the future Panther family,” the event page says. 

The program has specifically been created to encourage admitted students to choose to attend Eastern after they graduate high school.

Each day of #EIUGoTime Week will feature different events across Eastern’s social media accounts, including:

•Monday; student takeovers of Eastern’s Instagram and Snapchat stories and a virtual tour of campus on Facebook Live. 

•Tuesday; a student panel on Facebook Live. 

•Wednesday; Q&A with the Admissions staff on the Snapchat and Instagram stories and a tour of student media opportunities on Facebook Live. 

•Thursday; a tour of the nursing program on Facebook Live.

•Friday; student takeovers of the Snapchat and Instagram stories. 

Caeli Haab, a freshman psychology major, said that visiting campus made her realize she wanted to attend Eastern. 

“I visited my best friend (who goes to Eastern) for their birthday and the minute I stepped foot on campus to visit I didn’t want to leave and I knew that this was where I wanted to be,” Haab said. “So after one semester at my community college I transferred to EIU and it has been the best decision I have ever made.”

Haab said that she has not regretted her decision and that Eastern feels like a home to her. 

“I have met some lifelong friends here and everyone is so wonderful,” Haab said. “There are some really great opportunities for everyone here and that EIU can make anyone feel at home.”

Cooper Morrell, a freshman art major, said that several different factors affected his choice to go to Eastern. 

“I chose Eastern because it has a good art program and it’s local and cheap and it’s close to home and has a good atmosphere for the most part,” Morrell said. 

Morrell also said that he felt Eastern’s professors have pushed him to do well in his major. 

“I like how the teachers push you to be better at your craft even though you may not like but it will help you later in the future,” Morrell said. “It (Eastern) has a good atmosphere, you’ll meet your best friends here, the teachers help you improve your skill and (there are) lots of opportunities to do fun things around campus.”


Luke Taylor can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected]