Category - Academics

You can only learn so much from reading. Get a closer look at what academic life is like at Illinois from people who have actually been there! From honors programs and research to specific classes and projects, our students have lots of experiences to share.

James Scholar Credit: EPSY 200

In the College of Education, James Scholars are required to complete a research project each semester. Two semesters of traditional research are required in which students choose from courses and ongoing research...

Challenge Yourself

One of the scariest and most exciting moments as an incoming freshman at the University of Illinois was class registration. I remember being herded into a large computer lab with 30 other students, expected to know what...

Where to Study

In college, you may find yourself in the occasional dilemma of where to study. Some might suggest that you study wherever your friends are studying. Some will say they have the perfect location that they will never...

RST 335: Week 8 Update

Back at the beginning of this semester, I said that I planned to write a series of blogs about my experience taking RST 335. At the outset of week eight of the semester, I have already taken two exams, completed seven...

The Excellence of Illinois

In your time of college visits and endless applications, you have probably started to take note of what you believe makes up a good college. It might be one that has good weather. It could be the college that houses the...

Taking a Class on Digital Making/3D Printing

During my time as an Illinois student, I’ve made an active effort not to let my Finance and Information Systems degrees limit my exposure to other interesting subject areas. I once took an English class that exclusively...

Going to Office Hours

A piece of advice that you’ll hear hundreds of times as a student at Illinois is this: Go to office hours. What are office hours, you ask? Every professor has open availability on at least one day every week for...

First Semester Classes

No matter your major, it is important to spend some quality time exploring what classes will work best for you in your first semester. Some classes will be first college class experiences, and others may be too advanced...

The Elements of a Solid Work Ethic

Today, I’m focusing on work ethic. It seems obvious, but it is essential to remember that a good work ethic can give you the upper hand in any college course. My freshman year, I quickly learned that the key to...

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...

Focus is Key in College

When you get to college, you’ll find that focus is important to being successful in your studies and career pursuits. I believe that the more time and energy you put into something, the more you will get out of it...

Advising Appointments

Every semester, you’ll have a mandatory meeting with your assigned advisor about your current classes and the classes that you plan to take next semester. Although I just highlighted the two main parts of these...

Bring Notebook Paper to Class!

In college classes, you will be one of three people: the person who takes notes on paper, the person who takes notes on a computer, or the person who doesn’t take notes at all. While each of these people have...

Old Advertising

This week, I got to go on a field trip with many of my classmates to the Communications Library to view an entire collection of old ads that the University of Illinois has acquired over the years. Many of these ads were...