Blog Posts

Whatever you want to read about—from campus life to application tips—you’ll find it here, starting with our newest content.

Apply Now—November 1 is quickly approaching!

Can you believe that we are only 2 weeks away from November 1?! We know this is a very busy time, and I hope you have been taking time to enjoy your senior year (and continue to do well in your classes) thus far! This is a reminder that November 1 is our… Keep Reading

by Katie

October 16, 2018

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The Academic Mindset: Part 2—Make It Pretty

This is the second part in a five part series on working on developing an academic mindset to get you through the college years. The goal of such a mindset is to give you principles with which you can take on any kind of academic challenge that you're go… Keep Reading

by Mark

October 16, 2018

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Homecoming!

Homecoming has concluded here at Illinois. This week of celebrating our school, alumni, and our pride is one of my favorite times of the year! Here are few things that students look forward to seeing or being a part of! 1. Homecoming Parade Diff… Keep Reading

by Kripa

October 15, 2018

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Learning How to Learn in College

Fall at Illinois: a time when campus doesn’t look any better than when blanketed with ombre orange leaves. Colder weather means sweater weather. The smell of pumpkin flavored coffee diffuses through the air, and football games become a weekend ritual. A… Keep Reading

by Fiza

October 15, 2018

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College Made Me A Nerd—And I Love It

So here's the deal: I worked my butt off in school to get where I am today. I spent hours on end studying and took AP classes when I could. I put in a lot of effort to excel academically. Truth be told, school was hard for me. It wasn't until college that… Keep Reading

by Rachel

October 12, 2018

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Jesse McCartney Live at Foellinger

Saturday night, mega-star Jesse McCartney rocked Foellinger Auditorium with a setlist of his greatest hits and new bops. Throughout my childhood and young adult years, I have occasionally found myself listening to Jesse's music as it is always upbeat, smo… Keep Reading

by Jacob

October 10, 2018

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Traveling From Champaign-Urbana to Chicago

Many freshmen coming to the University of Illinois do not bring a car with them. At the same time, many freshmen get homesick and want to take a weekend trip home. So without a car and with a burning desire to head home, how do students get to and from ca… Keep Reading

by Rachel

October 9, 2018

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Finding “Your” Place…

Applying to college is one of the most stressful experiences I have had to go through. Another stress-ridden experience I’ve had to go through was trying to decide where I was going to spend the next four years of my life. The pressure of picking the pl… Keep Reading

by Nisha

September 30, 2018

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A Tribute to Dr. David Zola

Dr. David Zola was the only man who dared to call a group of college students his family. [caption id="attachment_28507" align="alignnone" width="244"] Photo from College of Education[/caption] Today is September 29, 2018, and I am at a loss for wor… Keep Reading

by Rachel

September 29, 2018

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The Academic Mindset: Part I — Trying is Cool

This is the first part in a roughly five-part series on developing an academic mindset that can get you on a fast-track path to success in whatever major you're in. While I wish I did all of these things all four years, I certainly learned a lot of these … Keep Reading

by Mark

September 28, 2018

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The Importance of Pencils

As a college student, I don't think about pencils too much. Recently though, that has been changing a bit. You see, before one of my recent exams I discovered that I didn't have a reliable pencil in my backpack. I couldn't believe it! This was especially … Keep Reading

by Jacob

September 25, 2018

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Destination India: Inside International Recruitment at Illinois

Happy Fall Y'all! So what really happens during an international recruitment trip? How do you get from point A to B? I'd love to share with you a little about my last international recruitment trip to India and hopefully provide a little insight into w… Keep Reading

by Jess

September 24, 2018

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Major/Career Concerns, We Can Help

Hello Students, I hope you are enjoying the start of this new school year.  The University of Illinois has created something amazing to help in the major/career search process. Please take a look at our new major exploration tool.  When you ap… Keep Reading

by Brian

September 24, 2018

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Interview With Sivani: Former Blogger & UIUC Pre Med

As a prospective student, I was always interested in engaging one-on-one with the students. I wanted to know what life on campus was really like aside from what I heard from faculty speeches and tour guides. The UIUC admissions blog was one way that I cou… Keep Reading

by Fiza

September 23, 2018

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When Cooking Gets Hard

As a junior, cooking for myself in my apartment has been a struggle I face every day. My meals consist of spicy Ramen, ham sandwiches, and smoothies when I'm feeling healthy now and then. Since moving out of my residence hall (shoutout to LAR Sheld… Keep Reading

by Kripa

September 22, 2018

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Three Books Every Incoming Freshman Should Read

For those of you who don't know, I am studying Middle Grades Education in hopes of teaching middle school language arts. Reading has always been important to me. I've read nearly every book ever assigned to me, from Fahrenheit 451 to The Great Gatsby. But… Keep Reading

by Rachel

September 21, 2018

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Are you an admitted spring transfer? If so, click here!

Congratulations Illini, you’ve been admitted!!! But what do you do now? Look no further than your admitted student checklist. In this blog I’ll be taking you through your next steps as an admitted spring transfer student. Your admitted student chec… Keep Reading

by Zoe

September 21, 2018

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When should you file your FAFSA?

First, let’s start by talking about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or the FAFSA. What is it? What does it do? The FAFSA is what qualifies you for both Federal and State aid. It will generate a number called your Estimated Family Contributi… Keep Reading

by Zoe

September 21, 2018

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Tips for your College Visits

Ahhh, campus visits...I remember the thrills and fears of picking a place to spend the next four years of my life. I was timid and shy, but also completely fascinated and excited. Now, as a college student, I have a new perspective on the whole colleg… Keep Reading

by Nisha

September 20, 2018

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Studying in College: A Primer

Q: How do I structure my time in college? Do you really get as much free time as people say you do? A: Ah, if I had a nickel for every college study strategy I’ve heard … well … I’d probably have like 6 to 7 nickels, I guess. Needless to say, col… Keep Reading

by Mark

September 19, 2018

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