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.

Dear Freshman-Year Me…

As I embark on my senior year here at Illinois, I can’t help but reflect on the wild journey I’ve had thus far. Freshman year was completely normal, and so was sophomore year, for the most part. Second semester...

Soundtracking Your Year

One of my favorite things in High School was to make a playlist every single year according to what grade I was in. I am a huge fan of music, so I thought it would be interesting to document music throughout my year...

A Peek into Alma’s Closet

She’s iconic, beloved, welcoming, motherly. Anyone who has stepped foot on the UIUC campus has seen her, always standing at the corner of Green and Wright. I mean how could you miss her? She’s 13 feet tall, 10,000...

Freshman Year: The Sequel

Coming onto campus this year as a sophomore, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what life on campus was like. I know my way around pretty well, couldn’t wait to revisit all of my favorite spots I had missed, and was...

Chambana Must-Eats

First of all, I just want to say welcome and congrats to the class of ’25 admits! You are in for a very exciting next four years.  One of the best parts of our campus, as I’m sure you’ve heard, is the food scene...

The Moment I chose Illinois

Congratulations! You’re admitted to the University of Illinois, and you’ve either chosen to accept your offer or you’re choosing between a couple schools. There’s no doubt it’s a tough decision to make, but the moment I...

Why I Chose Illinois

Making decisions can be tough; making decisions that shape your future can be stressful. While this process may be overwhelming, remember that everything you ponder and feel is for a reason. Below are just a few of the...