A First Year Member's Look Back:
When I transferred to the University of Illinois last fall, I set my goals on finishing my undergrad with distinction and then, eventually, going to law school. I knew I had to get involved in some way, with everything/anything pre-law, but I had no idea where to go or what to do. As a transfer student, you are told that it will be more difficult to make friends, that by this point most people have created their friend groups. However, in no way were they correct about the Illinois Trial Team.
Right after try-outs, I wasn’t really sure what I was getting myself into. I was told from returning members that this group would become your ‘family’ in a way. That statement couldn’t have been more accurate. Since being a new member on the team, I’ve had nothing but an amazing experience. Getting the opportunity to argue in a true court room setting, traveling to different Universities across the country, and creating friendships that will last a lifetime are just a few of the things I’ve gained from being a part of this family. As a new member, I wasn’t sure what to expect from a collegiate mock trial team. Now as we approach regionals, I have a different outlook on the team. It’s a competitive atmosphere, surrounded by inspiring academic scholars, who all have a similar goal in mind. Joining Mock Trial is the best decision I have made this school year, and I am already looking forward to the next season.