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So, how’s the internship going?

by Steven

July 4, 2017

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Career Plans, Everyday Life, Work

The summer between sophomore and junior year is really the first time when “things” (meaning a career of some sort) start to become more and more “real” (meaning I really thought I would have some semblance of an idea by now). Because of this, stu…

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Your Guide to an Amazing Application Essay

by Danny

June 30, 2017

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Admission Requirements, Application

Uh-oh. It’s that time of year every high school senior dreads: application essay season. Hopefully, I can provide some helpful tips and tricks so you can hammer out your essays with ease. Now remember, the essay is only one factor of the review process.…

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Things to do around C-U: Adventure #3

by Alexandra

June 29, 2017

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Campustown, Champaign-Urbana, Everyday Life

College is all about trying new things, right? There are the fads that various groups of college students sludge through, enjoying a few good ones but mostly tripping over themselves in these exploratory years, cringing as they look through the old photos…

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Entrepreneurship Opportunities at Illinois

by Zoe

June 28, 2017

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Career Plans, Curricula, Resources, Student Organizations

According to Google, entrepreneurship is defined as “the activity of setting up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit." Many students who come to Illinois are interested in starting their own businesses, or becoming a…

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Things to do around C-U: Adventure #2

by Alexandra

June 23, 2017

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Campustown, Champaign-Urbana, Everyday Life, Recreation

These past few weekends, I've ventured over to what some might say is an unlikely source of entertainment: the museum. Spurlock, located on Gregory Street in Urbana, is kind of the museum on campus, and it's quite impressive with its 50,000 artifacts.…

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Got Internships?

by Jesse

June 15, 2017

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Campustown, Career Plans, Champaign-Urbana, Curricula, Everyday Life, Resources, Student Organizations, Work

Hello everyone, If you’re anything like me, I know you’re excited that summer is finally here! Even if you’ll be bogged down by a summer job or classes, it’s nice to know that you’ll be that much closer to college. I remember being in your sh…

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The Champaign Summer

by Steven

June 8, 2017

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Campustown, Champaign-Urbana, Everyday Life, Work

I returned home last summer after my first year at Illinois to work, catch up with old friends, and relax. I needed it. This year, however, I decided I was ready for a new experience: the Champaign Summer. I wanted to spend my summer here in sunny Champa…

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Things to do around C-U: Adventure #1

by Alexandra

June 6, 2017

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Campustown, Champaign-Urbana, Everyday Life, Recreation

Summer is revving up as we begin the month of June with temperatures in the 80s, and that means everyone is going outside to enjoy the weather! Some students may think that there's not a lot to do around C-U in the summer, with only ears of golden corn w…

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It’s the Final (Transcript) Countdown

by Sammy

June 6, 2017

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Admission Requirements

So you’ve accepted your admissions offer (congratulations!), walked across the graduation stage (CONGRATULATIONS!), and the admissions office is a distant memory by now ... You need to send us your final, official high school transcripts once you…

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Greetings from the CSO

by Chris

May 31, 2017

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Resources

The Chicago Satellite Office, affectionately known as the CSO, is an extension of Illinois’ Office of Undergraduate Admissions and serves the Chicagoland area. The CSO is located inside the Illini Center on the 19th floor of 200 South Wacker Drive (…

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Test Scores

by Jesse

May 26, 2017

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Admission Requirements, Application

Juniors, whether you’ve realized it yet or not, you’re the new big dogs on campus and that means you’re up next to take on the college application process. In order to make this less intimidating, follow our blogs as we break down its various parts.…

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Start college off right with Welcome Days!

by Zoe

May 22, 2017

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Housing, Recreation, Resources, Student Organizations

College is right around the corner! One of the first things you need to know about is Welcome Days. Also called Fall Orientation, Welcome Days is from August 24 to 27, 2017. It's a chance for you to get acclimated to campus life as well as for us to intro…

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Over 150! 😲 – Advice on Picking a Major

by Amber

May 15, 2017

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Admission Requirements, Application, Career Plans, Curricula, Resources

150 + is a lot of majors. In fact, that is almost too many choices, especially when you are just getting started in your college search. Today we talk about how to pick what your academic interests might be. Obviously the most fun way to do this is onl…

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Tips for Starting Your College Search

by Kaci

May 15, 2017

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Admission Requirements, Application, Campus Visits, Career Plans, Financial Aid, Selectivity

Hello #FutureILLINI! I'm here to hopefully provide some useful tips for starting your college search. Whether you are a freshman or senior in high school, searching for the perfect college can be VERY overwhelming. There are literally thousands of college…

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It’s Hard to Say Goodbye

by Maggie

May 11, 2017

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Graduation

How did I get here? To t-minus two days until graduation and what I can only describe as a weird sensation in the pit of my stomach—unidentifiable and abstract until Saturday hits and I'm officially done with college forever. I might cry. I might happy …

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How Lynda.com Can Keep Illini Smart During the Summer

by Daniel

May 10, 2017

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Career Plans, Resources

Summer is an amazing time, especially when you're a University of Illinois student. You don't have to worry about any classes, homework, or exams. It's your time to relax and work at an internship or job to advance your career. I think about my time back …

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My Time at Illinois in Photos

by Maggie

May 9, 2017

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Campustown, Champaign-Urbana, Everyday Life, Graduation, Recreation, Study Abroad

I'm graduating. I'm graduating in four days. And I'm really excited because Nick Offerman is our Commencement speaker, and for a whole host of other reasons that have to do with that fact that I'm about to earn a college degree! When college is at its …

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For the Future Transfer Student

by Casey

May 9, 2017

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Admission Requirements, Resources, Transfer to Illinois

By this time, most current high school seniors have made the decision on where they plan to attend college in the fall. For some students, beginning their college career at a community college is the path they have chosen to take. There are also some curr…

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Why Finals Season is the Best At Illinois

by Daniel

May 6, 2017

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Champaign-Urbana, Everyday Life

It is the end of the semester here at Illinois and that means one thing: finals. "Finals" is almost a bad word to a typical university student, but what if I told you finals season is the best at Illinois. [caption id="attachment_25423" align="aligncen…

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International Orientation: What You Need to Know

by Amber

May 5, 2017

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Campus Visits, Champaign-Urbana, Everyday Life, Housing, Resources, Student Organizations

Another summer is here and a lot of our incoming international students have one thing on their mind, "When do I have to be on campus?" The answer is simple, in time to not miss the biggest and best orientation program on campus! International Orien…

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