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.

Why I Chose UIUC for Social Work

Choosing what you want to study can be a daunting task, but choosing where you want to study can be 100x more difficult. Luckily for me, I knew exactly what I wanted to study. Unluckily for me, I did not have a single...

Overcoming Burnout for Finals Season

At this point in the semester, students are faced with so many different challenges and stressors. On top of it all, so many students are feeling burned out and exhausted. Here are a few things to try that’ll help...

How to Register for Classes Like a Pro

It doesn’t seem right, but it’s already time to register for next semester’s courses! If you feel overwhelmed and aren’t sure where to start, I’m going to share some of the strategies...

Learning How to Effectively Study: College Edition

Is it easier said than done? In all honesty, I learned how to effectively study in college. Even then, it took me multiple trials and errors to find the best way for me. Studying in high school wasn’t necessary...

A Day in the Life of a Communication Senior

Wednesday Morning On Wednesdays, my first class begins at 10:00 A.M. Since I live a bit of a distance away from campus, I have an alarm that routinely wakes me up at 8:35 A.M. each Wednesday. After staring at my ceiling...

A Freshman’s Lesson in Time Management

Finding the Right Balance It’s been around four weeks since I started my journey here at Illinois. Classes are starting to get into their core content, and things are starting to ramp up. During all of this, I realize...

Fall in Love with Your Perfect Major

What do you enjoy in life? My freshman year of college was the best. A new environment, new people, new activities, and a sense of freedom. Choosing to be a Communication major was easy because of one simple thing: I...

Undergraduate Research at Illinois

My plans after Illinois are to attend graduate school and do research in Astronomy. Because of this, I’ve tried to involve myself in as much research as possible at Illinois. For those of you wanting to be STEM...

Getting Involved with Research: At-Home Edition

When I decided to stay home this year, I automatically assumed it would mean saying goodbye to some of the incredible opportunities on campus. It turned out that this was not the case at all! I had more time to get...

Civil and Environmental Engineering at UIUC

If you’ve ever found yourself fascinated by the built and natural environments around you, then Civil and Environmental Engineering might be a great path for you! Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) is a...

History at the University of Illinois

During my sophomore year of high school, I discovered my love for studying History (with a much needed nudge from my mom, as I was struggling with the realization that my goal of becoming a doctor was not going to...

The Freshman Social Work Experience

An all-too-common misconception is that there isn’t much for a freshman to do that relates to and builds on the career the student is pursuing. The reality is that there are plenty of ways for first-year students to...

What it’s like to be an Undeclared Freshman

If you have no idea in what you want to major in, just know that you’re not alone. “I want to major in…?” As soon as I started my freshman journey here at UIUC, I didn’t have a clue to what I...

HDFS at UIUC

One of the hidden gem majors at UIUC–which people are seldom familiar with when I tell them what I study–is Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS). Within the college of ACES, the #4 HDFS program in the...

Virtual Life as an Education Major

No matter what age level or grade in school you are, everything is more different now than it has ever been before. Why I was excited? As a Special Education major, I was looking forward to this year. It was time for me...