Blog Posts

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

Some Thoughts on Study Abroad

When I was in high school, I would ask college students and recent graduates what they liked most about school and what they regretted about their experience. It was simple enough, and it gave me a decent idea of what people actually valued during their f… Keep Reading

by Steven

February 7, 2018

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The Newly Renovated State Farm Center and Illini Basketball

This past Tuesday, I was lucky enough to receive a free ticket from a friend to go to the Illini men's basketball game. They were playing our Big Ten foe, Rutgers University. It was my first time going, and I got to join my two roommates in the Orange Kr… Keep Reading

by Daniel

February 6, 2018

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Why I Started Taking Notes By Hand

This semester, I am taking a history course with a typical lecture-discussion format. Upon the first day of lecture, the professor announced that her classroom and all discussion sections are technology-free. All notes must be taken by hand. Boy, you s… Keep Reading

by Rachel

February 5, 2018

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Focus is Key in College

When you get to college, you'll find that focus is important to being successful in your studies and career pursuits. I believe that the more time and energy you put into something, the more you will get out of it. There are only 24 hours in a day, and yo… Keep Reading

by Jacob

February 3, 2018

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Advising Appointments

Every semester, you'll have a mandatory meeting with your assigned advisor about your current classes and the classes that you plan to take next semester. Although I just highlighted the two main parts of these meetings, there are other useful discussions… Keep Reading

by Jacob

February 3, 2018

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Bring Notebook Paper to Class!

In college classes, you will be one of three people: the person who takes notes on paper, the person who takes notes on a computer, or the person who doesn't take notes at all. While each of these people have their logical reasons for how they decide to h… Keep Reading

by Jacob

February 3, 2018

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Ask Questions about UIUC

Making a decision about attending the University of Illinois is a big deal. Coming to this prestigious university has many perks and opportunities for development and growth. The more you know about the University of Illinois, the better your transition w… Keep Reading

by Immanuel

February 2, 2018

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Live Your Best (Campus) Life at Illinois

Champaign-Urbana has a reputation as one of the most vibrant, exciting college towns in the country. After spending a day on campus, it is easy to see why. If you haven’t visited campus yet and you can’t figure out what the fuss is about, this post is… Keep Reading

by Zoe

February 1, 2018

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I Went to the ARC for the First Time

I've been a student at the University of Illinois for two years now, and in all my time here, I had never taken a trip to the ARC (activities and recreational center). My freshman year, I had a fitness center in my dorm, and the thought of trekking a few … Keep Reading

by Rachel

February 1, 2018

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A Weekend in the World’s Greatest City

One of the best parts about going to Illinois is the fact that our campus is only two hours away from one of the coolest cities in the world! (Or the best city, according to a recent survey by Time Out Magazine.) Having grown up in the suburbs, I always f… Keep Reading

by Ria

January 30, 2018

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Silicon Valley Workshop and the Illini Entrepreneurship Culture

To be frank, I stumbled upon the Technology Entrepreneurship Center (TEC) Silicon Valley Workshop. Or rather, the workshop showed up one day in my BADM 446 class by way of a presentation from Jed Taylor, the Director of Operations of the TEC. The trip to … Keep Reading

by Steven

January 29, 2018

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I Attended the Illinois Music Education Conference

Wednesday night, I packed my bags and headed over to Peoria, Illinois, to attend the Illinois Music Education Conference. I was excited. As a music education major, I could only imagine the fun and adventures I was going to have. From an exhibit hall full… Keep Reading

by Lydia

January 27, 2018

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Old Advertising

This week, I got to go on a field trip with many of my classmates to the Communications Library to view an entire collection of old ads that the University of Illinois has acquired over the years. Many of these ads were in newspapers and magazines from th… Keep Reading

by Jacob

January 27, 2018

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Brunch in Champaign-Urbana

Whether you are visiting campus with your family or you are a freshman who is new to campus, there is plenty of exploring to do. Lucky for us, the Champaign-Urbana community is always whipping up some delicious breakfast. Below are a few of my personal fa… Keep Reading

by Rachel

January 27, 2018

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Morning Classes vs. Afternoon Classes

After almost six semesters at Illinois, I have finally settled on my opinion in the debate of morning classes versus afternoon classes. Although it's always nice to use mornings for extra sleep or to catch up on homework, I must admit that I prefer mornin… Keep Reading

by Jacob

January 22, 2018

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Microeconomics & Macroeconomics

Everybody has classes they are good at. Everybody has classes they are bad at. Microeconomics & Macroeconomics were two classes that I was not so good at. My inability to ever do well in those classes was probably due to my dislike for math. After all… Keep Reading

by Jacob

January 22, 2018

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FAQ (and Answers!) for February 2

February 2 is almost here! I'm going to spend some time answering the most frequently asked questions that we hear from applicants prior to our decision release. If you have other questions, please leave a comment. I'd be happy to help! How will I see … Keep Reading

by Kaci

January 22, 2018

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What happened to syllabus week?

Each semester, college students all over the country cherish the time known as "syllabus week." Unlike the rest of the weeks of a college semester, syllabus week is very low maintenance because it is the first week. For my first five semesters, my syllabu… Keep Reading

by Jacob

January 20, 2018

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Reflections of a Second Semester Senior

This week was my last first day of school ever. It was an extremely weird and ultimately bittersweet feeling to know that after this semester, I will never be a student at Illinois again. The next time I visit campus, I'll be an alum at a homecoming game … Keep Reading

by Daniel

January 19, 2018

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Build Your Brand at Illinois

If there's one thing I have learned from the excellent advertising program at Illinois, it is that we are all our own individual brands. Just like Nike, Starbucks, and McDonald's, each person is a brand, including you! Think about your personal brand. Wha… Keep Reading

by Daniel

January 19, 2018

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