Blog Posts

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

My Favorite Libraries

I can’t believe that the first semester of this school year is already beginning to wind down. With the end of the semester, of course, comes preparing for final projects and final exams. Finals can be a stressful time for many students. It is important… Keep Reading

by Tony

November 13, 2018

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Illinois Commitment

For students from families without a ton of financial resources, planning for college can involve lots of uncertainty. Finding a school that is affordable is sometimes the difference between going to college and not pursuing higher education at all. So, h… Keep Reading

by Zoe

November 10, 2018

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The First Snow of 2018!

Today marks the first snowfall in Champaign-Urbana for the 2018 year! While some will choose to bundle up and stay inside with their hot chocolate (a perfectly fine choice), there are so many activities in Champaign-Urbana to do before Christmas. Below ar… Keep Reading

by Rachel

November 9, 2018

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Welcome, Dads!

There's nothing quite like Dads Weekend at the University of Illinois. Family from near and far gather on campus in celebration for Illini football, great food, and a lifetime of memories. Here are a few of my personal favorite activities for Dads Weekend… Keep Reading

by Rachel

November 5, 2018

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Surviving Midterms

I’ve been MIA these past few weeks due to a second round of midterm exams—I apologize for that! But I am back, better than ever! My midterms these past few weeks were definitely stressful, to say the least, but I want to share some study tips and h… Keep Reading

by Kripa

November 5, 2018

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There are Certain Things You Can’t Prepare for Prior to Studying Abroad

There are certain things you can’t prepare for prior to studying abroad. Being in the near-direct path of a super typhoon is one of them. It’s roughly 9:30am on Wednesday, Sept. 12, and I’m sitting in the back row of my organizational behavior l… Keep Reading

by Steven

October 30, 2018

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Prepare for Spring 2019 New Student Registration

For transfer students who have been admitted for Spring 2019, congratulations and welcome to Illinois! Please take time to celebrate your hard work and this wonderful accomplishment! Now that you are an admitted student, it is essential to make sur… Keep Reading

by Katie

October 30, 2018

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How to Have a Safe and Spooktacular Halloween on Campus 🎃

Greetings, fellow and future Illini! It's been a while. How are things going for all of you? Midterms leave you a little tired? Well don't fear, Halloween (and its many festivities) are here! I've been on this campus for three consecutive Halloweens so… Keep Reading

by Alexandra

October 25, 2018

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Eight-Week Classes are Awesome!

Based on the title of this blog, you probably know how I feel about eight-week classes. You might even be thinking "Why read anymore? This guy just gave away a major spoiler here." Well, sorry for the omission of a spoiler alert but I love eight-week clas… Keep Reading

by Jacob

October 22, 2018

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It Took a Year of Mistakes to Find Myself

There is an unrealistic presumption on college students: that we come into college and are magically supposed to know who we want to be and what we want to do with our lives. And let me tell you, that just isn't true. Not one bit. I don't regret the ch… Keep Reading

by Rachel

October 18, 2018

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Apply Now—November 1 is quickly approaching!

Can you believe that we are only 2 weeks away from November 1?! We know this is a very busy time, and I hope you have been taking time to enjoy your senior year (and continue to do well in your classes) thus far! This is a reminder that November 1 is our… Keep Reading

by Katie

October 16, 2018

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The Academic Mindset: Part 2—Make It Pretty

This is the second part in a five part series on working on developing an academic mindset to get you through the college years. The goal of such a mindset is to give you principles with which you can take on any kind of academic challenge that you're go… Keep Reading

by Mark

October 16, 2018

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Homecoming!

Homecoming has concluded here at Illinois. This week of celebrating our school, alumni, and our pride is one of my favorite times of the year! Here are few things that students look forward to seeing or being a part of! 1. Homecoming Parade Diff… Keep Reading

by Kripa

October 15, 2018

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Learning How to Learn in College

Fall at Illinois: a time when campus doesn’t look any better than when blanketed with ombre orange leaves. Colder weather means sweater weather. The smell of pumpkin flavored coffee diffuses through the air, and football games become a weekend ritual. A… Keep Reading

by Fiza

October 15, 2018

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College Made Me A Nerd—And I Love It

So here's the deal: I worked my butt off in school to get where I am today. I spent hours on end studying and took AP classes when I could. I put in a lot of effort to excel academically. Truth be told, school was hard for me. It wasn't until college that… Keep Reading

by Rachel

October 12, 2018

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Jesse McCartney Live at Foellinger

Saturday night, mega-star Jesse McCartney rocked Foellinger Auditorium with a setlist of his greatest hits and new bops. Throughout my childhood and young adult years, I have occasionally found myself listening to Jesse's music as it is always upbeat, smo… Keep Reading

by Jacob

October 10, 2018

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Traveling From Champaign-Urbana to Chicago

Many freshmen coming to the University of Illinois do not bring a car with them. At the same time, many freshmen get homesick and want to take a weekend trip home. So without a car and with a burning desire to head home, how do students get to and from ca… Keep Reading

by Rachel

October 9, 2018

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Finding “Your” Place…

Applying to college is one of the most stressful experiences I have had to go through. Another stress-ridden experience I’ve had to go through was trying to decide where I was going to spend the next four years of my life. The pressure of picking the pl… Keep Reading

by Nisha

September 30, 2018

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A Tribute to Dr. David Zola

Dr. David Zola was the only man who dared to call a group of college students his family. [caption id="attachment_28507" align="alignnone" width="244"] Photo from College of Education[/caption] Today is September 29, 2018, and I am at a loss for wor… Keep Reading

by Rachel

September 29, 2018

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The Academic Mindset: Part I — Trying is Cool

This is the first part in a roughly five-part series on developing an academic mindset that can get you on a fast-track path to success in whatever major you're in. While I wish I did all of these things all four years, I certainly learned a lot of these … Keep Reading

by Mark

September 28, 2018

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