Blog Posts

Whatever you want to read about—from campus life to application tips—you’ll find it here, starting with our newest content.

How to Find the Perfect Roommate

Okay, so you have been accepted to the University of Illinois. You have your major, your fall semester courses, and your ambitions all laid out in front of you. One thing is missing: your roommate. Finding a perfect roommate can be a tough feat. After … Keep Reading

by Rachel

March 15, 2018

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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 brings on a unique set of challen… Keep Reading

by Steven

March 15, 2018

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The Actual School Part of College: Zoe’s Take

Diving into academics at a world-class institution like Illinois can be pretty intimidating. Don’t be scared; it’s part of the fun! The best way to get the most out of your time as a student at Illinois is to start planning as early as possible. I … Keep Reading

by Zoe

March 12, 2018

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Group Projects Don’t End in High School (Which is Great)

If you thought that you would be done with group projects once you graduated from high school, you are wrong. Illinois is all about collaboration and working in groups toward a goal. This is often manifested in the form of a class project, and there are c… Keep Reading

by Daniel

March 8, 2018

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Deciding to Change Your Major

When I was in your shoes as an admitted student my senior year of high school, I was 100% confident in my major. I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Yup. That was me. Come to find out? I was wrong. I changed my major 3 times. Yes, I still graduated on … Keep Reading

by Hannah

March 6, 2018

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Sum-Up of Summer Registration

Hello, future Illini! I hope you all are getting pumped to join the wonderful community on campus. You are so close to attending the University of Illinois in the fall, but there are a couple of tasks you need to complete before fall rolls around. One … Keep Reading

by Danny

March 6, 2018

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The Importance of Visiting High School Friends

This past weekend, I was able to take a quick 45-minute drive up to Bloomington-Normal, where my best friend goes to school. Danica and I have been best friends since preschool, and we promised that college wouldn't change that. And guess what? It didn… Keep Reading

by Rachel

March 5, 2018

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A Community for Everything and Everyone

Recently, the Winter Olympics came and went. While the games were on, the Illini Union Courtyard played the Olympics every day on a giant projector screen. Each time I visited the Courtyard, I saw a large group of people watching. Whether it was curling, … Keep Reading

by Jacob

March 3, 2018

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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 discussion posts, and written a coupl… Keep Reading

by Jacob

March 3, 2018

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The Excellence of Illinois

In your time of college visits and endless applications, you have probably begun 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 number one program for your area of s… Keep Reading

by Jacob

March 2, 2018

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Meadowbrook Park: Urbana’s Hidden Gem

For both Champaign-Urbana natives and prospective students visiting campus, I wanted to share about the home of my favorite trail that not many know about: Meadowbrook Park. [caption id="attachment_27560" align="alignnone" width="180"] Photo from Rache… Keep Reading

by Rachel

March 2, 2018

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Why You Should Attend an Illinois Summer Program

On days like today, my mind is focused on one thing: summer. We are having some extraordinary weather on campus today. It's 56 degrees, and it's still February! Crazy, right? Yes, it’s almost time to spend the days soaking up some Vitamin D… But,… Keep Reading

by Hannah

February 28, 2018

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I Almost Went to Butler University

Quick story to preface today's post... I almost went to Butler University. They had a great education program, it was close to home, and they offered me a decent amount of scholarship money. I loved the campus; it was absolutely stunning. But then, I a… Keep Reading

by Rachel

February 27, 2018

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Yay for Grad School!

Hi everyone, and Happy end-of-February! I know that this time of the year involves a lot of hard work, as well as some questions of whether or not it will pay off in the end. It will, I promise. This is easy for me to say now because on Friday, I found ou… Keep Reading

by Sarah

February 25, 2018

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Staying in Touch with Hometown Friends in College

Something I worried about a lot near the end of my senior year of high school was the idea of leaving my longtime best friends behind for college. While some of my friends back home I had known for only a few years, I met most of them when we attended the… Keep Reading

by Lydia

February 25, 2018

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Campus to Chicagoland and Back: Using The Bus and Train

Although we're in central Illinois, it is extremely easy to get to and from campus, no matter where you are from. I'm from Buffalo Grove, Illinois, which is 45 minutes northwest of Chicago. That means I'm about 2 and a half hours from home. Although being… Keep Reading

by Daniel

February 24, 2018

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MAP Grant Deadline: February 27

This post is for all of you Illinois residents out there, and it's an important one. We've just been notified by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission that in order for you to be considered for the State of Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) gr… Keep Reading

by Brian

February 23, 2018

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Your Future Home Away From Home

Once you've been admitted to Illinois, the next big question on your mind is probably, “Where am I going to live?” Let’s take it one step at a time. At Illinois, there is a one-year on-campus residency requirement for all students.  Yes, it… Keep Reading

by Hannah

February 22, 2018

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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 focused on how animals are portra… Keep Reading

by Ria

February 21, 2018

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I Thought I Failed a Midterm (But I Always Think That)

Today, I want to talk a little bit about stress: the stress of high school finals, the stress of college midterms, the stress of college admission essays, the stress of college essays in general. Regardless of whether you are a prospective high school … Keep Reading

by Rachel

February 20, 2018

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