Author - Alec

The Third Time’s the Charm

It’s my third year here at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and surprisingly my motivation is at an all-time high. I think freshman and sophomore year really take a toll on students because it is...

It’s Always Sunny in Champaign

Lately the weather has been so nice, so I wanted to write a post about some things that you can do when it’s warm outside! 1. The Quad is always a huge hit on a sunny day. You can see people playing frisbee...

Little Fish in a Big Sea

I wanted to make a blog post for anyone from a small town that is nervous about transitioning to a large university. I grew up in a town called Waterloo, Illinois, with a population of about 9,000 people. My graduating...

Second Semester Blues

Okay, so I won’t lie. I am a little sad that second semester is already here. In the past week, I have already had homework assignments for every class and even a test! But after spending my entire break in...

Changing Your Major—It’s Normal

So recently I decided to change my path to “adulthood,” if you will, when I decided to change my major and add a minor. I was that kid in high school who told everyone that I knew EXACTLY what I was going to...

It’ll Happen To You, Too

So here I am—a mere 3 weeks since my last post about “Getting Your Priorities Straight”—and I have fallen victim to not practicing what I have been preaching. I actually saw a funny post on Twitter the other...

Getting Your Priorities Straight

As I sit here writing my first blog of the semester (yes, I know, it’s really late), I can’t help but wonder where my priorities have gone. And I have been here before—this is not my first rodeo. In college...

Preparing for Spring Finals

Finals are right around the corner (unfortunately), and I am feeling done with school more than ever. Summer is calling my name, but these last few weeks are what matter the most. Especially since I have a final worth...

One Year Down

Where did my first year go? It is so bittersweet to sit here and reminisce about all the memories I have of my freshman year at the University of Illinois. I can still remember my first day of classes when I had no idea...

Being Sick at School

So lately I’ve been feeling a little sick with a stuffy/runny nose, stomach ache, headache, etc. But this weekend I’ve been REALLY sick. I’m at that point of sick where you just want to lay on the...

Choosing the School for YOU

Hey everyone! So it’s almost April, and I’m sure you are all freaking out about which school to choose. If you are anything like me, you applied to several schools, which just makes your decision that much...

The Beauty of Online Classes

If you are anything like me, you love to be in comfortable clothes—which usually means that you’re wearing your pajamas and you have major bed head. So going to class is not one of my favorite things to do. I like...

5 College Prep Practices

So you got accepted to the University of Illinois—congratulations! You are now among the COOLEST college kids in the country ;). Now it’s February, and you’re not sure what to do with yourself before August...

Working Off That Freshman 15

As many of you have heard, Freshman year is famous for packing on the pounds, and I was no exception. Now that the holidays are over, and I can finally enter a room without festive cookies staring me in the eyes saying...

The 5 Apps That Will Save Your Life

While I’ve been here at the University of Illinois, I have discovered some truly amazing apps on my iPhone that I think everyone should look into. My top 5 apps for school are as follows:   STUDENT AFFAIRS...

Recipe for Success

Much like a recipe you would find in a book or on the Internet, there are recipes for every college student to ensure success. And just like everyone says, “My grandma makes the best…”, there are...