Ria

Class of 2018

Finance
Information Systems & Information Technology

College of Business

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Ria's Bio

Hi everyone! My name is Ria, and I am currently a sophomore in the College of Business. I’m from Los Altos, California—I know what you’re thinking. Why Illinois?

It comes down to these reasons:

400 to 40,000+
I went to a private, Catholic all-girls high school with a graduating class size of 400 students. I’m so thankful for the quality education I received, but needless to say, I was also eager to branch out and try something different when it came to choosing a college. I went with the one that would give me the most quintessential college experience. With over 40,000 students, Illinois has so much to offer as far as campus diversity and resources are concerned.

I’d Never Experienced a Real Winter
While sacrificing the sunny California weather was difficult, I felt that I had to leave. I’d always pictured going to college out of state, even if it meant having to deal with snow for the first time in my life. The way I see it, I have these four years to try something new and expose myself to as many people with diverse backgrounds and ambitions as possible. Many of the people I’ve met so far have felt the same way. Whether they’ve left their homes in the Chicago suburbs or are international students from countries like Qatar, the students at Illinois are all equally driven to really immerse themselves in the cultural and academic opportunities the university offers.

So despite the unbearable cold and inhumanely harsh wind, I find myself at the University of Illinois without many regrets.

Being a part of campus that is home to 40,000+ other students can seem overwhelming, yet from what I’ve experienced, no one day has been the same. I’m looking forward to learning and sharing more about my new home with all of you! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions; I'm always happy to answer them.

Ria's Posts

Tips From a College Senior

August 28, 2017

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Champaign-Urbana, Everyday Life, Resources, Study Abroad

Art, Violins, and the Finer Things in Hong Kong

March 22, 2017

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Everyday Life, Recreation, Study Abroad

Life Abroad: Classes

March 16, 2017

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Curricula, Everyday Life, Recreation, Study Abroad

A Trip to Bangkok

March 10, 2017

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Everyday Life, Recreation, Study Abroad

A Guide to College Decisions for the Confused

March 3, 2017

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Application, Campus Visits, Everyday Life, Resources, Selectivity, Transfer to Illinois

Greetings from Hong Kong!

February 18, 2017

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Everyday Life, Recreation, Study Abroad

When It All Starts to Come Together

November 30, 2016

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Curricula, Everyday Life

Tips for Finding a Summer Internship

November 8, 2016

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Career Plans, Curricula, Everyday Life, Resources, Work

I’m Studying Abroad!

October 10, 2016

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Career Plans, Curricula, Everyday Life, Recreation, Study Abroad

Tales of a Small Fish in a Big Pond

September 12, 2016

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Campustown, Career Plans, Curricula, Everyday Life, Resources, Student Organizations

Mental Health Resources at Illinois

May 6, 2016

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Campustown, Champaign-Urbana, Everyday Life, Resources, Student Organizations

Making Friends In College: Common Mistakes

April 12, 2016

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Campustown, Champaign-Urbana, Everyday Life, Recreation, Student Organizations

California to Illinois

April 5, 2016

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Application, Campus Visits, Campustown, Career Plans, Champaign-Urbana, Curricula, Everyday Life, Housing, Recreation, Resources, Student Organizations

Facing Rejection

March 12, 2016

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Career Plans, Curricula, Everyday Life, Student Organizations

RSVP for The Business Experience

February 26, 2016

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Application, Campus Visits, Campustown, Champaign-Urbana, Curricula, Recreation, Resources, Student Organizations

The Importance of Routine

February 23, 2016

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Campustown, Curricula, Everyday Life, Recreation

Life as a Finance Major

February 16, 2016

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Career Plans, Curricula

Illini Women’s Gymnastics Meet

January 27, 2016

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Campustown, Everyday Life, Recreation

Sunday in Downtown Urbana

January 24, 2016

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Campus Visits, Campustown, Champaign-Urbana, Everyday Life, Recreation

Living in a Single Room

November 11, 2015

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Campustown, Everyday Life, Housing