Author - Steven

Taking a (Spring) Break

I take my breaks seriously. Very seriously. In the past, I’ve written about using time off to prepare for the semester and even the value of taking time for yourself during the day to improve mental health. In this...

Mid-Semester Reflections

Well, we’ve made it to roughly the halfway point in the semester. With spring break only a few days away, I thought now would be as good a time as any to reflect on the first 8 or 9 weeks of the semester. Every semester...

Some Thoughts on Study Abroad

When I was in high school, I would ask college students and recent graduates what they liked most about school and what they regretted about their experience. It was simple enough, and it gave me a decent idea of what...

Prof(ILL)es Series: Paul Ceneac

This is post 2 of 3 in my Prof(ILL)es Series. If you are interested in learning more about why I’m doing this, check out my introduction piece. Click here if you missed last week’s Prof(ILL)e with Thomas Dowling. A line...

Prof(ILL)es Series: Thomas Dowling

This is post 1 of 3 in my Prof(ILL)es Series. If you are interested in learning more about why I’m doing this or what this is, check out my introduction piece. Imagine you’re 15 years old. Imagine that since as long as...

The Goldilocks Class Size Conundrum

At a large university, there are certain expectations on class size and the general academic experience. Students generally take larger, lecture-style classes their freshman and sophomore year followed by smaller, more...

Connecting to the Orange and Blue

The University of Illinois provides important resources for each and every student on our campus. Excellent classes, 1000+ student organizations, and a thriving community of students from around the globe. During my...

Give Yourself an Hour

College is an exciting time, and it’s also a very busy time. Between your classes, work, student organizations, and a social life it can be difficult to find some time to yourself. It’s certainly something I’ve battled...