Blog Posts

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

Navajo Nation Mini Documentary: Day One

Ya’ate’eh! Today marks the first day of my study abroad trip to Kayenta Middle School in Kayenta, Arizona. Kayenta is a town on a Navajo reservation. For one week, I will be student teaching not only for the first time, but as the youngest member o… Keep Reading

by Rachel

December 30, 2017

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Use Winter Break for Reflecting and Planning

So you just got accepted into one of the best schools in the world? You should be insanely proud of yourself! It is no easy achievement to get into such a prestigious university like Illinois. You have something fantastic to offer the University of Illino… Keep Reading

by Daniel

December 22, 2017

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Accepting Your Offer

Hello Future Illini, First off, I would like congratulate you on being admitted to Illinois and welcome you to the family! As you begin receiving decisions from the institutions you applied to, it’s important that you start narrowing your options. On… Keep Reading

by Chris

December 19, 2017

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What to Do with Winter Break

It is finals week, and that may seem a bit stressful for students. However, winter break is just around the corner! Winter break is a time to catch up on sleep, spend time with family, and get ready for round two in the spring. The University of Illinoi… Keep Reading

by Immanuel

December 16, 2017

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Congratulations, New Illini!

First of all, congratulations to the class of 2022! You are the future of the University of Illinois, and we couldn't be more proud and honored to have you! Now you have a tough decision to make: Which college should you choose? Rather than persuade y… Keep Reading

by Rachel

December 16, 2017

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A Look Back on My First College Semester

As I am writing this post, my Fall 2017 semester is beginning to wrap up. I only have a few finals left, a jury (something I know other music majors are cringing about, too), and a large essay to finish before I’m home for the Holidays. It’s weird … Keep Reading

by Lydia

December 16, 2017

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Next Steps for New International Freshmen

Decisions have released and the wait is finally over. After being like this for a long time: It is finally time to be like this: Congratulations! We are excited to welcome you all into the Illini family! The next natural part of being admitted is t… Keep Reading

by Amber

December 15, 2017

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You’re Admitted! Congratulations!!

Awww yeah! If you’re reading this, it means you just got some really awesome news. Allow me to be the first to say WELCOME TO THE ILLINI FAMILY! This is you right now: This is the entire admissions office right now: Honestly, we are so … Keep Reading

by Danny

December 15, 2017

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Your student has been admitted … now what?!

Hello, parents. Congratulations, your student has been admitted!!! Soon, your student will be leaving home to start their college adventure. I know this can be a tough time. Before we get to the leaving part, what do you do now? This is where… Keep Reading

by Brian

December 15, 2017

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Reading Day at KCPA!

One big difference between high school and college is the structure of classes. The last day of instructional time will be this Wednesday, and final exams will be held beginning on Friday and going through next week. While it can be daunting to be tasked … Keep Reading

by Krannert Center

December 12, 2017

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You’re an Illini!

Dear future Illini, I remember when I was accepted to Illinois. I was sitting in the learning center at my high school during third period (which I had free), and I opened up myIllini on my computer. And there it was, on my screen in bright orange and … Keep Reading

by Alexandra

December 12, 2017

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Working on Campus Your Freshman Year Pt.2

This past weekend, I attended my company's annual Christmas party, and boy was it a blast! It really got me thinking about how thankful I am to work with such a wonderful company, and how different my college experience would be without my job. [captio… Keep Reading

by Rachel

December 11, 2017

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Happy Last Week of Classes!

I can't believe it, but the last week of classes for the semester begins tomorrow! Seriously, the semester has gone by so quickly! The last week of classes is normally quite a busy one for me, and this year is no exception. While I certainly have a bunch … Keep Reading

by Sarah

December 10, 2017

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Keep an Open Mind About Your Major

On the road to freshman year at Illinois, you may think that your major is completely decided and that your future is totally decided. While that may be true sometimes, there are many instances where people explore other paths in college. You may show up … Keep Reading

by Jacob

December 9, 2017

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What to Know About Your Admission Decision

WE MADE IT! Decision Day is nearly upon us. I know you’ve been waiting anxiously for months now, and I promise, we have been reviewing as fast as possible for y’all. But before you see your decision, it is important to know what each one means and pre… Keep Reading

by Danny

December 8, 2017

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Cramming For Finals?

With a large coffee in hand, she headed to the library where she would stay for hours. Sound familiar? High schoolers and college students have one big thing in common: final exams. Finals are basically a teacher's way of testing you on all o… Keep Reading

by Rachel

December 8, 2017

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Tips for Decision Day

Hey guys! As I'm sure you know, decision release day is coming up for our early action applicants. We had a very talented group of students apply this year for early action, and I think that we’ve started to build an exceptional class. I wanted to… Keep Reading

by Zoe

December 8, 2017

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The Illini Union Basement: Tons of Great Food Options

When you're enjoying your freshman year here at Illinois, you have the opportunity to live in a housing community with hundreds, even thousands of other students from across the world. There is no other time in your life where you will live in such close … Keep Reading

by Daniel

December 6, 2017

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Admitted Transfer Students: Fall 2018 Next Steps

Congratulations on your admission to Illinois! Now that you're officially an Illini, I want to provide you some information about your next steps to enrollment. I hope it will help ease your transition to campus! 1. Accept your offer! You’ve been … Keep Reading

by Casey

December 6, 2017

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Five Keys to Success: Finishing the Semester Out Strong

The end of the semester is already here. In the next few weeks, there will be many group final presentations, papers and projects due as well as final exams. This time of the semester can be very stressful to get through but it can be done! Every student … Keep Reading

by Immanuel

December 2, 2017

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