Category - Academics

You can only learn so much from reading. Get a closer look at what academic life is like at Illinois from people who have actually been there! From honors programs and research to specific classes and projects, our students have lots of experiences to share.

Academic Advising

College is an exciting adventure for students. It feels wonderful to have the time and freedom to chase your academic and professional goals. You have the chance to explore and develop your passions and satiate your...

Changing Majors on Campus

Senior year is tough. Between the college applications, advanced coursework, and multiple extracurricular activities, you have a lot on your plate! It’s hard to know for sure if the major that you listed on your...

#Midtermseason

It seems like classes started literally yesterday and I am already prepping for my first set of midterms. It’s the end of Week 4 and normally around this time everyone has an exam, paper, presentation, etc...

Illinois’ Winter Session

It’s finally winter break for us here at Illinois! While these few weeks are a time of rest and recovery for a lot of students, a handful like to take advantage of this time off to take an extra class, study abroad, or...

Surviving Midterms

I’ve been MIA these past few weeks due to a second round of midterm exams—I apologize for that! But I am back, better than ever! My midterms these past few weeks were definitely stressful, to say the least, but I want...

Eight-Week Classes are Awesome!

Based on the title of this blog, you probably know how I feel about eight-week classes. You might even be thinking “Why read anymore? This guy just gave away a major spoiler here.” Well, sorry for the...

Learning How to Learn in College

Fall at Illinois: a time when campus doesn’t look any better than when blanketed with ombre orange leaves. Colder weather means sweater weather. The smell of pumpkin flavored coffee diffuses through the air, and...

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...