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Prof(ILL)es Series: Thomas Dowling

by Steven

October 25, 2017

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Career Plans, Everyday Life, Resources, Student Organizations, Work

This is post 1 of 4 in my Prof(ILL)es Series. If you are interested in learning more about why I’m doing this or what this is, check out my introduction piece. Imagine you’re 15 years old. Imagine that since as long as you can remember, you have al…

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Large Lecture Hall Survival

by Rachel

October 24, 2017

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Curricula, Transfer to Illinois

One of the scariest things about a large university, and by far the area parents are most concerned with, is class size. Will my daughter be in a class of 20 or 200? Will the professor know her by name? The truth is that all colleges and universities h…

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A Classy Evening in Champaign

by Ria

October 23, 2017

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Campus Visits, Campustown, Champaign-Urbana, Everyday Life, Recreation

This past Friday, I had the chance to attend a performance by the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra. I know close to nothing about classical music, but my good friend Heidi is a talented violin player and told me about the upcoming show. I actuall…

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My First Experience with McKinley Health Center

by Lydia

October 20, 2017

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Everyday Life, Resources

Unfortunately, it's that time of the year again. The weather drops drastically, college is in full swing, and you start to hear the sound of coughing and sneezing in every lecture. That's right! It's cold and flu season! Being sick on campus feels a b…

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Pick Me!!!! Call for Assistance: Amber’s Amazing Photo Tour 2017

by Amber

October 20, 2017

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Application, Campus Visits, Campustown, Champaign-Urbana, Everyday Life, Recreation, Resources

My friends, the time has come again.  Time for me to help all of the students who would love to see more of Illinois, but aren't able to make it to campus. For this blog, I am asking you, the student/reader, to tell me what you would like to see on th…

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Some weekend plans

by Sarah

October 19, 2017

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Everyday Life

Hello everybody! I cannot believe that it is the end of the 8th week of class! Time has flown by so quickly! Things are pretty busy around here, but it’s all going well so far. I hope everyone else is enjoying themselves too, in the midst of crazy mi…

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150 years of Illinois

by Jacob

October 17, 2017

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Champaign-Urbana, Curricula, Everyday Life, Graduation

My junior year of college is especially awe-inspiring because it marks the 150th anniversary of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This year, I have realized the rich and storied history of the university that I attend. I realize that there a…

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I’m trying something new: Prof(ILL)e Series

by Steven

October 16, 2017

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Career Plans, Champaign-Urbana, Everyday Life, Resources, Student Organizations

Introduction If you’ve been following along with my work thus far (no judgements if you haven’t, this is a welcoming place), you might have noticed that I can focus a lot on our tremendous resources. Our most valuable resource is, of course, the st…

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University of Illinois Resume-Boosting Ideas

by Rachel

October 15, 2017

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Career Plans, Student Organizations, Study Abroad

One of the most important factors of college is finding things to fill your resume with. Sometimes, it can seem hard to find the time or motivation to get those resume boosters, so here are a few ideas: Be a Teaching Assistant     …

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Making the Most of Your Free Time

by Rachel

October 12, 2017

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Everyday Life, Recreation

One of the biggest differences between high school and college is how much freedom and free time you have. In high school, you likely sat in a classroom for an hour at a time, eight times a day, with a study hall or lunch. In college, many students have o…

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Exciting Ways to Know More

by Connie

October 11, 2017

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Resources

ECE Seminar As an undergraduate for our ECE program, I have been to many ECE seminars called ECE Explorations, which are designed for everyone to know more about recent research progresses and new technologies in various areas. The speakers are all great…

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3 Tips for Studying In College

by Jacob

October 8, 2017

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Curricula

Each semester is a new time for trial and error. Personally, I can say from experience that there are many aspects of college that be challenging at first but over time can become better with new discoveries. One major component of college that can be cha…

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The Canopy Club: Live Music On Campus

by Daniel

October 6, 2017

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Everyday Life, Recreation

Just because you're in central Illinois and not a major city like Chicago doesn't mean you can't get a taste of live music like you would get at Lollapalooza, the 4-day summer festival in Grant Park. Illinois is home to The Canopy Club in Urbana, which is…

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Welcome, October Busyness!

by Sarah

October 5, 2017

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Curricula, Everyday Life

I cannot believe that October has already started! Things are moving quickly because I've been having a lot of fun with all of the things that I get to do, even if they're hard. I think that the middle of the semester is an important time to remember to e…

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Academic Advisors, AKA Your New Best Friend

by Steven

October 4, 2017

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Curricula, Everyday Life, Resources, Study Abroad

Here’s a true story from my freshman year: As an admitted student to Illinois, you usually register for classes late spring in your senior year of high school. Such was the case for me. This meant I had my class schedule set for at least a few months…

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What an Illinois Student Eats in a Week

by Lydia

October 2, 2017

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Champaign-Urbana, Everyday Life, Housing

When I was a high school senior, I had a lot of questions about dorm food. What was it like? Would I enjoy it? Is it better than high school cafeteria food? To help with any questions you may have (and because I thought it would be fun to write about!), …

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Residence Hall Life Versus Apartment Life

by Rachel

October 2, 2017

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Everyday Life, Housing

When you are a Freshman in college, all you want is to live in an apartment. Once you live in an apartment, all you want are free meals and dorm necessities. There are definitely pros and cons to both dorm and apartment living. So, before you sign your le…

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How to Survive Long Days

by Lydia

September 28, 2017

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Campustown, Curricula, Everyday Life

While planning my schedule for my first semester, I made the honest mistake of signing up for an 8 a.m. every morning (oh, little did I know what college had in store). If you’re anything like me, you'll have some long days in college. I start with a…

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Autumn Already?!

by Rachel

September 27, 2017

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Campustown, Champaign-Urbana, Curricula, Everyday Life

Time seems to fly here in Champaign-Urbana, especially from August to October. The fact of the matter is that it is week five of classes at the University of Illinois, and I can barely wrap my head around that. In the coming weeks, we will be ce…

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Week 5 Check In

by Jacob

September 27, 2017

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Champaign-Urbana, Curricula

Well, it's week five of the semester. I just finished my first exam in my marketing class and I feel great about what the results will be. I started this semester thinking that my fifth semester would be my most difficult. Most people told me that histori…

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