Campus Life on Break

Hey guys,

If you decide to attend the University of Illinois, many of you at some time or another will probably have to spend at least a short amount of time on campus during non-school hours. I myself have spent a whole summer here before, as well almost an entire winter break—and let me tell you, it can get pretty dull!

With Spring Break right around the corner, I thought it only made sense to bring this up now. For whatever reason, if you end up staying in the Champaign-Urbana area when most students are gone, whether for work or for classes, here are a few tips to keep yourself going until everyone comes back to campus:

1. Find a hobby. You’re going to have a lot of free time after you get off shifts or after class, and if you let the boredom get to you, you’re gonna have one looooooooong break. Hit the gym, pick up a book, check out downtown Champaign, learn a skill, etc. You have to find something productive to do, else you’ll find yourself falling into a pattern of work, sleep, repeat, and nobody wants that.

2. Get caught up on work. I know everyone always says, “This break, I’m actually going to catch up on some work” … and before you know it, you’re neck deep in popcorn and Netflix. But what if you actually did some work? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come back from Spring or Thanksgiving Break and just been able to go out or relax with my friends because I got stuff done early.

3. Get out of town for a bit. If you’re only in town over Spring or Thanksgiving Break, this doesn’t really apply to you since it’s only a week. However, if you’re on campus for Winter or Summer Break, my tip to you is to GO!!! Of course, you can’t shirk whatever responsibility you have on campus, but every once and awhile you have to dip out, even if it’s just to go see your parents and get a nice, free, home-cooked meal (and get some laundry done for you).

Until next time,




Class of 2016
I’m in the Creative Writing program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. I’m originally from Tampa, Florida, but I’ve been calling Illinois my home since 1998. I’ve lived all over the Northwest suburbs, from Palatine to Lakemoor to where I currently live back home, Mundelein.