Category - Campus Life

College is more than a degree. It’s your life for 4 years, and a lot can happen in that time! That’s why our students so often talk about their everyday lives. We hope you enjoy their stories, both big and small.

Homecoming!

Homecoming has concluded here at Illinois. This week of celebrating our school, alumni, and our pride is one of my favorite times of the year! Here are few things that students look forward to seeing or being a part of...

Jesse McCartney Live at Foellinger

Saturday night, mega-star Jesse McCartney rocked Foellinger Auditorium with a setlist of his greatest hits and new bops. Throughout my childhood and young adult years, I have occasionally found myself listening to...

Finding “Your” Place…

Applying to college is one of the most stressful experiences I have had to go through. Another stress-ridden experience I’ve had to go through was trying to decide where I was going to spend the next four years of my...

The Importance of Pencils

As a college student, I don’t think about pencils too much. Recently though, that has been changing a bit. You see, before one of my recent exams I discovered that I didn’t have a reliable pencil in my...

When Cooking Gets Hard

As a junior, cooking for myself in my apartment has been a struggle I face every day. My meals consist of spicy Ramen, ham sandwiches, and smoothies when I’m feeling healthy now and then. Since moving out of my...

Studying in College: A Primer

Q: How do I structure my time in college? Do you really get as much free time as people say you do? A: Ah, if I had a nickel for every college study strategy I’ve heard … well … I’d probably have like 6 to 7 nickels, I...

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Football season has begun here at Illinois and students are more than excited for the upcoming season! As of yesterday, our team is 2-1, under the leadership of Coach Lovie Smith! Aside from the game itself, our...

A Fresh Start

First week of junior year: check! As I begin my third year here at Illinois, it is still a weird feeling to transition from a free, relaxing summer to a strict schedule and a structured daily routine. You would think I...

Move-in Advice

It’s officially the week of move-in! Move-in went fairly smooth for me, so here are a few tips that helped me while I was preparing for my move, and will hopefully help you transition smoothly as well! Storage bins are...

The Journey So Far

Completing junior year felt like an accomplishment. Unlike the first two years, I felt that my post-college life was coming into focus. It was a year for trying new things and finding what works. While failure became...

What the Alma Mater Means to Me

The Alma Mater statue is arguably the most recognizable part of the Illinois campus. You can find the statue on the corner of Green and Wright Street in Champaign. It was designed by a University of Illinois graduate...