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.

Tips for Living with Roommates

Living with roommates for the first time? It is one of the most joyful yet frustrating experiences of your freshman year of college. How are you feeling about it? Are you nervous, anxious, excited? All of these feelings...

My Favorite Things About Illinois

One disadvantage about living abroad is how difficult it is to actually know what campus is like. Before I came to Illinois, I had never taken a campus tour and had no idea what Champaign was like. I wanted to write a...

Smooth Sailing: My UIUC Vaccine Experience

In general, I personally have been pretty impressed with the way Illinois has been handling the pandemic. Now that we are looking towards vaccines becoming more widespread, I was very intrigued to see how the university...

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...

How To Deal With Quarantine Fatigue

After almost of year of being in quarantine, I for one sometimes find myself staring into space wondering what time it is, what day it is, what month it is…I think you get the picture. While in quarantine I...

Don’t Change Who You Are

Why fit in when you were born to stand out? -Dr. Seuss It may seem cheesy, but the wise words of Dr. Seuss are a reminder that, despite what is going on around us, there is nothing more important than staying true to...

Day in the Life: COVID Edition

It’s kind of weird to think that we’ve been in quarantine for nearly a year now. The last day of in-person classes almost feels like yesterday – I’m surprised by how quickly time has flown by...

What to Do When Your Plate is Too Full

Before I begin, allow me to come clean—I had planned to write this back in November.  Quite obviously, I am no master of time management. But heading into a new semester provides us with a fresh start and the...

I’m ready to Zoom! Are you?

Where’s the motivation? I don’t know about you, but coming back from break was a bit more difficult this year. Any other year, I’d be excited about the chance to come back to campus, be reunited with my friends...

Finding Joy in the Small Things

The winter months can be great sources of stress for so many. Holiday family gatherings aren’t always a joyous reunion, financial stressors are amplified with gift-giving obligations, and the dreadful sunset at 4:00 PM...

Value of Orange Krush

Service and philanthropy opportunities, for me, have always held a lot of value. Add that on to my love and passion for Illinois Basketball and you get Orange Krush. Joining the Orange Krush and being an active member...

How To Get The Most Out of Your Winter Break

The wondrous winter break is finally approaching! With such a tough year beyond academics, I’m sure that many people are ready for some time to relax and get some much deserved rest (I, for one, cannot wait)...

Being an Illini Sports Fan during COVID-19

One of the major disruptions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, was access to live sports. As a manager for the women’s volleyball team, this really threw a big wrench into my daily life. My fellow managers and...

An Unconventional Move-In Checklist

You’ve probably seen tons of posts about what you should bring to college. I know that my mom did – she had a very long list of ‘college dorm essentials’ when I first moved in. However...

How to Overcome Burnout as a Student

As the semester is coming to an end, I’ve been looking back on the progress I’ve made. For example, there were times when I didn’t have motivation or I was left feeling “stuck” by the...

How to Find a Roommate at UIUC

Having a roommate freshman year is an essential part of most people’s college experience. Whether you have heard stories that are good, bad, or anything in between, I’m going to give you suggestions on how...

Celebrating Sustainability on Campus

This past October, the University of Illinois celebrated a huge landmark for campus sustainability: the signing of the 2020 Illinois Climate Action Plan! This document, known as the iCAP for short, outlines the major...