Blog Posts

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

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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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 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 number one program for your area of… 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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