Blog Posts

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

What to do when you’re not very good at sports anymore

I competed in track and field in high school as a thrower. While I made great friends on the team, learned valuable lessons about competition, and developed as a leader, I wasn’t tremendously successful at it. No D1 offers came my way (I never really co… Keep Reading

by Steven

April 10, 2018

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Babies+Brunch: Eating at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery

Every Saturday and Sunday from April 7th to May 12th, Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery hosts Babies+Brunch, an experience to eat in a true farm-to-table setting. Not only do patrons have a chance to play with baby goats, but they also get to sample fresh … Keep Reading

by Rachel

April 9, 2018

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Taking Classes at the ARC

In my two years in Champaign, not once had I signed up for a class at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC). That is, until my roommate convinced me to take a class with her. For $5 each, we signed up for an herb planting class. And you know what?… Keep Reading

by Rachel

April 8, 2018

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Being Busy Can Make Your Grades Better

This semester, I have been doing four internships. They have all fulfilled me and kept me quite busy most of the time. While being busy can sometimes be fun, and other times maybe not so much, I found that the level of productivity that four internships r… Keep Reading

by Jacob

April 7, 2018

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200 Reasons to Join the Illinois Family

May 1st is right around the corner, and so is the deadline to accept your offer of admission! If you need a few (hundred) more reasons to choose Illinois, look no further! We've compiled a list of 221. While I recommend you look through the full list, … Keep Reading

by Hannah

April 6, 2018

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Summer Registration Time!

Greetings, parents! I hope you are as excited as we are for you to join our Illini family. Once students have accepted their offers of admission and have reviewed their Admitted Student Checklists, it is mandatory for them to sign up for Summer Registr… Keep Reading

by Brian

April 2, 2018

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What is Summer Registration, and how should you prepare for it?

Summer Registration is one of the most exciting days during the summer for our future Illini. You will have the chance to register for your fall courses, meet your future classmates, take your i-card photo, and more! But before you come to campus, there a… Keep Reading

by Zoe

April 2, 2018

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T-Pain is Coming!

Every April for the last three years, Illinois has held a free outdoor concert on the Main Quad for all students. The concert is called Spring Jam, and it's starting to become a tradition. The event is always FREE! It has typically featured a popular arti… Keep Reading

by Daniel

April 1, 2018

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Rainy Day Essentials

April showers bring May flowers, right? Well, what about March showers? It is a cloudy, dreary, rainy day here at the University of Illinois, and this weather has me thinking about a few rainy day essentials that every incoming freshman should bring. … Keep Reading

by Rachel

March 29, 2018

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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 classes we were supposed to take. W… Keep Reading

by Rachel

March 28, 2018

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Welcome Back from Spring Break!

Hello, everyone! Today, I'm officially back from spring break, and ready to take on the last part of my time here as an undergrad. Luckily, I don't have to be that sad about leaving, because I'm coming back in the fall for graduate school. With that… Keep Reading

by Sarah

March 26, 2018

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Taking a (Spring) Break

I take my breaks seriously. Very seriously. In the past, I’ve written about using time off to prepare for the semester and even the value of taking time for yourself during the day to improve mental health. In this post, I’d like to talk about spring … Keep Reading

by Steven

March 25, 2018

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I Visited Ireland with the Marching Illini for Spring Break (Pictures)

On Thursday, March 15, I stepped onto an airplane with other members of the Marching Illini to embark on an amazing journey. We flew to Dublin, Ireland! If you didn’t hear, the 2017-18 Marching Illini had the amazing opportunity to march in the 2018 S… Keep Reading

by Lydia

March 24, 2018

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Not Looking at my Phone in Class has Saved Me Money

It's no secret that our generation loves our phones. I absolutely love social media; the idea of connecting with people across the world is a powerful one. From Facebook to Twitter to Instagram, you could literally spend your entire life scrolling the new… Keep Reading

by Daniel

March 23, 2018

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The Importance of Family Time

For weeks, I had trouble deciding whether I should stay in Champaign-Urbana for Spring break, plan a small getaway with a few friends, or simply head home. If I stayed on campus, I could work all week and finish up a few midterm papers. If I went on vacat… Keep Reading

by Rachel

March 19, 2018

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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 stray from. Others may not even consider… Keep Reading

by Jacob

March 17, 2018

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Staying Home for Spring Break

This year, I will be spending most of my spring break at home. I am looking forward to the week because I will finally have time to relax. Each week of a semester is filled with so many different activities that it will be a much-needed pause from the fas… Keep Reading

by Jacob

March 17, 2018

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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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