James

Class of 2016

Advertising

College of Media

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James's Bio

Hi, I’m James!

I’m an Advertising major here at Illinois. I’m also pursuing a minor in Anthropology. I had no idea what I wanted to major in until my sophomore year. I decided on advertising because I felt it was a great way to be able to stay flexible. My major might be advertising, but I can advertise for anything from companies to nonprofits and more! After graduation, I’m hoping to work at an agency for some years, then eventually move to filmmaking or nonprofit work.

I chose Illinois at first because of comfort. It was close and far enough from home, I knew a lot of people here, and if I didn’t like it, I could always transfer out. But I didn’t, because I found a lot of reasons to stay:

  1. I always heard about “diversity,” but I never appreciated it until I got involved. You can truly find your place anywhere on campus if you’re willing to put yourself out there.
  2. The Illinois network is huge and widely respected. There are opportunities and friends everywhere once you make just a few!
  3. Combining the prior two reasons, it just came down to people. The connections you make, the things you learn, the person you become- I couldn’t have done it without the people I’ve made friends with and grown to love.

I’m heavily involved with the American Advertising Federation, which takes up the bulk of my involvement. I’m also involved with Covenant Fellowship Church. In my free time, I like to exercise, write, or play a game of League and Skype with friends from my hometown, Naperville. A nap is always nice too- I’m an introvert, and staying involved takes a lot out of me!

Everybody’s different, so while I can’t promise my experiences will click with you, I hope they will help you make clearer decisions and be more confident about the future! Feel free to ask me about anything, and I’ll try my best to answer.

James's Posts

Graduation and Beyond

May 21, 2016

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Career Plans, Everyday Life, Graduation, Work

Disability Culture at Illinois

April 26, 2016

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Campustown, Everyday Life, Housing, Resources

Are you thinking about Graduate School?

April 9, 2016

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Campustown, Career Plans, Recreation

Reader Question: Will I be Able to Sleep in the Dorms?

March 29, 2016

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Campustown, Everyday Life, Housing

Dorm Areas: Illinois Street

March 28, 2016

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Campus Visits, Everyday Life, Housing

Dorm Areas: Ikenberry Commons

March 26, 2016

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Campus Visits, Everyday Life, Housing, Resources

The Post-Grad Job Hunt as an Illini

March 12, 2016

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Career Plans, Work

Dorm Areas: Florida Avenue Residence Halls

February 28, 2016

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Application, Everyday Life, Housing

Dorm Areas: Allen Hall

February 23, 2016

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Campustown, Housing, Recreation

Would I Pick Illinois Again? (Senior Sentiments)

February 5, 2016

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Campus Visits, Campustown, Career Plans, Champaign-Urbana, Everyday Life

Filmmaking Resources at Illinois

February 1, 2016

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Career Plans, Recreation, Resources

Division of General Studies: Part 3

May 9, 2015

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Application, Everyday Life, Resources

Urbanite – Filming a Dance Competition

April 25, 2015

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Student Organizations, Work

Summer Camps for High Schoolers

April 15, 2015

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Career Plans, Recreation, Resources

Division of General Studies: Part 2

April 11, 2015

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Career Plans, Curricula

Division of General Studies: Part 1

April 4, 2015

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Admission Requirements, Career Plans, Curricula, Resources, Selectivity, Student Organizations, Transfer to Illinois

How to Pick a Major (and be happy)

March 29, 2015

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Career Plans

SXSW: U of I Experiences out of Illinois

March 14, 2015

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Resources

Dorms vs Apartments

March 7, 2015

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Champaign-Urbana, Everyday Life, Housing

Sandage 2015: Advertising at the Intersection of Art and Science

February 27, 2015

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Career Plans, Everyday Life, Resources