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.

Student Squirrel Stories

At Illinois, we love Squirrel Appreciation Day because we love our squirrels. For the last 119 years, the Illinois campus has been home to a friendly and bold population of squirrels. Former university president Andrew...

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...

Benefits of a Paper Planner

Hi guys! I’m sorry I’ve been so MIA lately…Midterms are something new for me since I’m a freshman so I’ve been dedicating a lot of my time toward studying. This post will be shorter than normal, but I hope it’s still a...

Gobble, gobble!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family! This is one of my favorite holidays because of all the good food that everyone gets to eat. And speaking of food, I thought it would be appropriate...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Importance of Pencils

As a college student, I don’t think about pencils too much. Recently though, that has been changing a bit. You see, before one of my recent exams I discovered that I didn’t have a reliable pencil in my...

When Cooking Gets Hard

As a junior, cooking for myself in my apartment has been a struggle I face every day. My meals consist of spicy Ramen, ham sandwiches, and smoothies when I’m feeling healthy now and then. Since moving out of my...

Studying in College: A Primer

Q: How do I structure my time in college? Do you really get as much free time as people say you do? A: Ah, if I had a nickel for every college study strategy I’ve heard … well … I’d probably have like 6 to 7 nickels, I...

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Football season has begun here at Illinois and students are more than excited for the upcoming season! As of yesterday, our team is 2-1, under the leadership of Coach Lovie Smith! Aside from the game itself, our...