Blog Posts

Whatever you want to read about—from campus life to application tips—you’ll find it here, starting with our newest content.

A Week Before Graduation…

Hello, and happy Saturday, everybody! Today is May 5th, 2018, and as much as I'm denying this, graduation is a week from today! I'm happy, and excited for my adventures in the future, but I will miss all of my friends so incredibly much. Today was a… Keep Reading

by Sarah

May 5, 2018

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Admitted International Students: F-1 Visas

Now that you have some information about the I-20 Process, you are probably wondering, “What comes next?” As you may already know, international students need to obtain an F-1 visa to enroll in an academic institution in the United States. So, I wi… Keep Reading

by Suha

April 30, 2018

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What the Alma Mater Means to Me

The Alma Mater statue is arguably the most recognizable part of the Illinois campus. You can find the statue on the corner of Green and Wright Street in Champaign. It was designed by a University of Illinois graduate named Lorado Taft, who has a dorm name… Keep Reading

by Daniel

April 30, 2018

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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 me succeed. Prepare in advance … Keep Reading

by Rachel

April 29, 2018

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An informal guide on being the best group member you can be, and why it’s important

I’m trying to think back to group projects I had in high school. I’m pretty sure it felt like more of a luxury than a standard operating procedure for my classes. For example, I’d get into a group to review the math or English homework, maybe have a… Keep Reading

by Steven

April 26, 2018

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Adjusting to College: Your New Life

Almost exactly year ago, I committed to spending the next four years of my life at the University of Illinois. Until writing this post, I forgot how big of a decision this was. I was 17 when I decided where I would be building a life for myself for the… Keep Reading

by Zoe

April 24, 2018

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James Scholar Credit: EPSY 200

In the College of Education, James Scholars are required to complete a research project each semester. Two semesters of traditional research are required in which students choose from courses and ongoing research projects. After completing two semesters o… Keep Reading

by Rachel

April 23, 2018

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Junior Year

All the rumors are true. Junior year is the hardest year. It's the year you realize that your career is just around the corner. And, the classes resemble that newfound reality. More than likely, you'll find that your extracurricular activities are more t… Keep Reading

by Jacob

April 23, 2018

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Adventures at McKinley

Lately, I have had to go to McKinley for a series of procedures. These trips are the first times I have been there for quite a while. I have to say, my experiences have all been quite positive. I was a little nervous about how long I would have to wait… Keep Reading

by Sarah

April 20, 2018

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CoreLife Eatery: Fast Food With a Healthy Twist

The biggest buzz in Champaign right now is CoreLife Eatery, a local restaurant that blends the fast food experience with healthy, fresh ingredients. Boasting with vegetarian, vegan, and simply low calorie options, everyone is sure find something they love… Keep Reading

by Rachel

April 16, 2018

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Connecting with Illinois Alumni Through LinkedIn

Because I have one month left of being a student here at Illinois, I am looking toward to life past graduation. It's a bittersweet feeling being a senior here at Illinois. I am not looking forward to being an adult with very real adult responsibilities. H… Keep Reading

by Daniel

April 15, 2018

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Wondering what Parkland Pathway is? Click here!

This is a great question! Parkland Pathway is perfect for students who are interested in beginning their college experience at Parkland and then later transferring to Illinois. This is an opportunity which is open to graduates of Illinois high schools as … Keep Reading

by Zoe

April 13, 2018

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What to do when you’re not very good at sports anymore

I competed in track and field in high school as a thrower. While I made great friends on the team, learned valuable lessons about competition, and developed as a leader, I wasn’t tremendously successful at it. No D1 offers came my way (I never really co… Keep Reading

by Steven

April 10, 2018

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Babies+Brunch: Eating at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery

Every Saturday and Sunday from April 7th to May 12th, Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery hosts Babies+Brunch, an experience to eat in a true farm-to-table setting. Not only do patrons have a chance to play with baby goats, but they also get to sample fresh … Keep Reading

by Rachel

April 9, 2018

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Taking Classes at the ARC

In my two years in Champaign, not once had I signed up for a class at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC). That is, until my roommate convinced me to take a class with her. For $5 each, we signed up for an herb planting class. And you know what?… Keep Reading

by Rachel

April 8, 2018

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Being Busy Can Make Your Grades Better

This semester, I have been doing four internships. They have all fulfilled me and kept me quite busy most of the time. While being busy can sometimes be fun, and other times maybe not so much, I found that the level of productivity that four internships r… Keep Reading

by Jacob

April 7, 2018

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200 Reasons to Join the Illinois Family

May 1st is right around the corner, and so is the deadline to accept your offer of admission! If you need a few (hundred) more reasons to choose Illinois, look no further! We've compiled a list of 221. While I recommend you look through the full list, … Keep Reading

by Hannah

April 6, 2018

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Summer Registration Time!

Greetings, parents! I hope you are as excited as we are for you to join our Illini family. Once students have accepted their offers of admission and have reviewed their Admitted Student Checklists, it is mandatory for them to sign up for Summer Registr… Keep Reading

by Brian

April 2, 2018

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What is Summer Registration, and how should you prepare for it?

Summer Registration is one of the most exciting days during the summer for our future Illini. You will have the chance to register for your fall courses, meet your future classmates, take your i-card photo, and more! But before you come to campus, there a… Keep Reading

by Zoe

April 2, 2018

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T-Pain is Coming!

Every April for the last three years, Illinois has held a free outdoor concert on the Main Quad for all students. The concert is called Spring Jam, and it's starting to become a tradition. The event is always FREE! It has typically featured a popular arti… Keep Reading

by Daniel

April 1, 2018

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