Author - Rachel

De-stressing During Finals

This time of year, students and professor alike are feeling the stress of final exams. Believe me, this semester has been hectic to say the least. It is easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of academia, but it is just...

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...

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...

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...

Preparing for Final Exams

As May rolls around, college students and high schoolers alike are feeling the stress of exams. Preparing for final exams is half the battle to success, so today I wanted to provide a few tools that have really helped...

James Scholar Credit: EPSY 200

In the College of Education, James Scholars are required to complete a research project each semester. Two semesters of traditional research are required in which students choose from courses and ongoing research...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...