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

The Grilled Cheese of My Dreams

November 3, 2015

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Everyday Life, Housing, Recreation

What would you like me to write about?

October 22, 2015

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Admission Requirements, Application, Career Plans, Champaign-Urbana, Curricula, Everyday Life, Recreation, Resources, Selectivity, Student Organizations, Study Abroad, Work

I’m In College & I Still Read for Fun

October 20, 2015

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Curricula, Everyday Life, Recreation

How I Spent My Leisurely Fall Day on Campus

October 17, 2015

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

3D Printing at the Illinois MakerLab

October 13, 2015

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

If I Could Take the SAT & ACT All Over Again

October 4, 2015

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Admission Requirements, Application, Curricula

Drop the Class

September 29, 2015

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Career Plans, Curricula, Graduation

The Secrets of Studying in Illinois’ Libraries

September 13, 2015

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Campustown, Curricula, Everyday Life, Resources, Work

A Californian’s Thoughts on Champaign Weather

September 8, 2015

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

Food of Urbana: The Bread Company

August 31, 2015

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Campustown, Champaign-Urbana, Everyday Life, Recreation

Scheduling 101

August 29, 2015

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Curricula, Everyday Life

Some Move-In Day Wisdom

May 8, 2015

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Campustown, Champaign-Urbana, Everyday Life, Graduation, Housing, Resources

The Daily Surprises of Life in Chambana

May 2, 2015

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Champaign-Urbana, Everyday Life, Recreation, Student Organizations

College Decisions: What I Wish I Knew

April 4, 2015

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Campus Visits, Campustown, Champaign-Urbana, Curricula, Everyday Life, Recreation, Student Organizations

U of I’s Best Hidden Secrets: Caffe Paradiso

April 1, 2015

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Campustown, Champaign-Urbana, Everyday Life, Recreation

Making the most of a week off

March 27, 2015

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Career Plans, Everyday Life, Recreation

“Major Confusion”: Finding the right fit in the College of Business

March 14, 2015

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Career Plans, Curricula, Resources

Springtime Sniffles: Being Sick in College

March 13, 2015

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Everyday Life, Resources

U of I’s Hidden Secrets: “Make Your Own Pizza” at FAR

March 3, 2015

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Everyday Life