Author - Connie

Three Reasons Why I LOVE Research

I have been researching for almost one year now, and I think this kind of experience is quite valuable in all aspects. In the past, I want to try research solely because I need to make decisions on going to a graduate...

Exciting Ways to Know More

ECE Seminar As an undergraduate for our ECE program, I have been to many ECE seminars called ECE Explorations, which are designed for everyone to know more about recent research progresses and new technologies in...

My First Career Fair Experience

As someone who aims to attend graduate school, I did not think about going to career fairs until my senior year. However, as one of my friends said: “It’s a totally unique experience from our school work, and you will...

Things To Do Before Class Starts

It has been two weeks since the first day of our new semester, but I am still in “vacation mode.” People asked, “what kind of fun can you get anyway?” Well, it is true that we are kind of in the middle of nowhere...

Floral Spring

Although it seems to get hotter and hotter outside, we are still grateful for the two or three weeks of spring on our campus. It is one of the favorite moments when we could see various kinds of flowers with gorgeous...

My Favorite Asian Stores on Campus

Last year, I promised to write a blog about Asian stores on campus, and I finally decided to finish this post today. What a relief! After spending three years here, I am 80 percent sure that I have visited every Asian...

Resources I Love at Illinois (Part II)

Medical Resources I really like our McKinley Health Center for two major reasons: you can always get whatever you need there, and you can get them as quick as possible. I think most Chinese students, especially girls...

New Year, New “Tradition”

Today is Chinese New Year’s Eve and I consider tomorrow another brand new start of my life. Tonight, I will feast with my friends on a lot of Chinese dishes, video chat with my family, and wait to “grab” red...

End-of-Semester Thoughts

I bet everyone is busy with their finals, but I just want to write something when it is snowing outside. To be honest, I enjoy fall 2016 a lot. 1. Instead of taking tons of courses, I focused on a couple courses that I...

Ways to Enjoy Your Thanksgiving Break

Today is Friday, and the break is coming! Yeah! I am gong back to China to deal with some family issues and have my teeth totally checked and repaired. However, I know various ways other people enjoy this long break...

What Do I Love About the Illini Union?

The Illini Union is definitely a wonderful representation of our campus. It has gorgeous exterior, lovely outdoor fountain, luxurious furniture, historical atmosphere … I love the Illini Union because I have had a lot...

Lang Lang Concert

Even though I had a lot of work due and one midterm last week, I still went to Krannert Center to watch a piano concert performed by famous Chinese pianist Lang Lang. It was a great experience, and I am really grateful...

Friends, See You Again!

It has been three weeks since I came to school without seeing those familiar faces. I miss my older friends a lot, and I would love to share my experience during commencement week back in May. This May, two of my...

Final Week and Summer Plan

The final week is here and I have already taken one final of my hardest class, so I am kind of relieved even though I still have three finals coming. However, my attention is not finals anymore, because I have so many...

I am ready to be a volunteer!

Having a boring weekend? Looking for an opportunity to give back to the community? Got a little free time to help others? Then, you should definitely be a volunteer and have fun with it. There are various ways to get...

Why Illinois?

I guess it is the time for me to answer this question, and I have so many things to say! I did not know the exact reason when I first came here, and I complained about the weather a lot during my first winter here...

Grainger Library at 4 a.m.

After taking both Computer Engineering and Statistics courses for one year, I finally decided to apply for a dual major degree my sophomore year. Being a dual major student means having a lot of work. Even though I am...

My Second Chinese New Year @ Illinois

This is the fifth year that I could not go back home to spend Chinese New Year with my family, and it’s also my second year at Illinois. I do miss my parents and friends a lot; however, I don’t really feel lonely...