Category - Campus Life

College is more than a degree. It’s your life for 4 years, and a lot can happen in that time! That’s why our students so often talk about their everyday lives. We hope you enjoy their stories, both big and small.

Info Sessions

My first semester of college was overwhelming in the best way possible. It seemed like everywhere I turned there was something going on, but I had no idea how to narrow down what I was interested in. There were so many...

To the Squirrels

I found the weirdest thing yesterday. On top of one of the Quad garbage cans, someone had left a ripped envelope with the words “TO THE SQUIRRELS” printed across the front. Beside it was a dirty and chewed-up letter...

Being Natural In College

The task of being natural is daunting enough as it is. It’s a lot of time, effort, dedication, andddd money. The effort, time commitment, and expenses that come along with being natural anywhere are already a challenge...

Living Off Campus

As a senior, I feel as though it is my personal duty, mission, and responsibility to debunk common UIUC stereotypes. I could tell you that dorm food is actually pretty tasty, that class sizes aren’t always 400 students...

Trying New Things

Many people have been surprised to learn that up until about three weeks ago, I had never had a Dorito (or as I call it, a flavored tortilla chip). It’s pretty shocking, but up until the past month, I had also never...

Welcome to My Book Club

I can’t remember the last time I read simply because I wanted to get lost in a book. With hours of academic reading assignments adding up, I could feel my passion for reading slipping through my fingers. But this...

Finding Your Place

As high school comes to an end, and even before that, students are looking forward to their transition to college. For me, going to a small school all my life made me even more ecstatic to come to the University of...

Day in the Life

Everyone always tells you that college is way different than high school — your schedule isn’t as structured, and you’re free to make your own decisions about what to do. With people only spending 2-3 hours...

Summer Recap

What’s up guys! It’s been a while since I’ve last blogged, but I’m back for another semester of fun and informational posts for you all.  I thought I’d start my first post of the semester with a recap of my summer...

Club Sports at Illinois

Coming to Illinois was a huge jump for me—I was in a foreign country surrounded by foreign people, concepts, and organizations. So, when Quad Day rolled around, I decided to join an RSO that I was familiar with: the...

Summer Rewind

Friends, can you believe it’s already the end of summer? It flew by so fast. The semester did not allow for any settling in; I have been up and running since Day 1. Regardless, although I really miss summer, I am...