All of you deserved more from the end of your college career.
Hopefully this provides something good.
If you are — or know — any seniors at the University of Illinois who have had their senior year cut short, send their stories our way. We want to share as many of them as possible, because all of you deserve your moment in the sun.
Read Part 1 here.
Let’s start with a few Marching Illini seniors, who, while they had their Senior Day in the fall, many still missed out on a chance to cheer on the Illini one more time in the Big Ten and NCAA Tournaments.
Born and raised a Hoosier, and then a Boilermaker, and I couldn't imagine being anything other than an Illini https://t.co/rKTohhnYU8 pic.twitter.com/oFxU1MWqNP— kaitlyn (@kaity_pugh) March 18, 2020
My involvement in @MarchingIllini and basketball bands has shaped my college years to a level I can’t describe. I’ve cheered. I’ve cried. I’ve grown in so many ways. These experiences are what make college worth it and it’s crazy that it’s all coming to an end so fast. https://t.co/3I20I0ZQpD pic.twitter.com/zICsRq6Pl9— John Grosboll (@JGrosboll) March 17, 2020
Or the President of Illini Pride, who sat through far too many losses to count — but also still made memories for a lifetime.
@IlliniPride has been instrumental in my development as a person. With it, I have found myself. I am thankful for the family Illini Pride has given me. My time as President has been cut short, but I am thankful for my time with this organization and at this university. #ILL https://t.co/wq2fUv9hac pic.twitter.com/0soVhnJV3w— Julia (@ThatGreuelGirl) March 17, 2020
Not every memory is sports related. Some could be the library to the bar in consecutive nights, or knowing how important a degree from Illinois is.
And, if this is the last part of this little project we do, we’ll end it with TCR’s very own. You’ve seen Jacob at every game for every sport, being the first one at new KAMs, and being a model Illini.
And it sucks. It does. But, he’ll always be an Illini.
Fuck. So many things taken for granted, gone so soon. I don’t even remember my last lecture of college, already...these last few months with some of my best friends were gonna be great, and now they’re just gone. For good reason, but still this hurts so bad... https://t.co/OWBwGLL7CT— Jacob Rajlich (@JacobRajlich) March 16, 2020
Send us your stories and memories on Twitter or Facebook and we’ll shout them out here.