During move-in week ’19, we asked UI faculty members to tell us a story about their own experience of leaving home for the first time. Here’s UI alumna Lois Hoyer, associate dean for research and advanced studies at the UI College of Veterinary Medicine.
“I arrived on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a freshman in the fall of 1981. I had a sense of tremendous excitement and enthusiasm for what the future held. I was eager to build my life and career in a place that would help me to achieve my dreams.
“At that time, I had no idea that Illinois would be at the center of my professional life for decades to come. Although I have left twice to pursue additional education, as well as employment in the pharmaceutical industry and at a government laboratory, Illinois has called me back each time.
“My Illinois journey that began in 1981 led to a career where I can help each new group of students pursue and even exceed their dreams.
“Life came full circle yesterday as I saw that same excitement and enthusiasm on my son’s face as I dropped him off for the beginning of his university studies. Where? Illinois Street Residence Halls on the Illinois campus.
“I can’t wait to learn what the future holds for him.”