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.

Astronomy at the University of Illinois

My last blog post was about being a STEM major – for today’s post, I thought I’d jump into specifics and talk about my major. I’m a junior majoring in Astronomy, and I intend on going to graduate...

How to Take Notes Using Online Platforms

Since most of the classes at the University of Illinois this academic year have moved to an online platform, it is important for future and current students to possibly adapt to new note taking skills. I am a big fan of...

So, you want to be a STEM major?

Did you know about 1/3 of college students change their majors at least once? Picking a major is tough, and I get it! There are so many interesting fields of study, and it can be really difficult to settle down on one...

College tips: How to work from home

For most students this year, like me, we are spending much of our time working from home. Whether home is our actual home, dorm, apartment, or anywhere else that’s not in a classroom, I know the transition can be...

The Top 5 Places to Study on Campus

Picture this: we are three weeks into the semester and your professor mentions Exam 1 is in one week. You start to freak out, and go straight back to your dorm after class to start studying. Minutes later, your roommate...

Spending Your Summer Efficiently

It feels like summer has already started. I’ve been holed up in my apartment for nearly two months now, and I’ve lost track of time. Nonetheless, I need to plan what I’m going to do over the summer...

Keeping Up With Online Classes

I hate online classes. They’re hard to keep up with, and I don’t absorb as much material from lectures. Going to a physical lecture is a much better way for me to learn. Unfortunately, in light of recent...

Writing vs. Typing Notes

One of the important questions, or in this case, topic, in terms of taking notes during class is either using an actual pen/pencil with paper or your technology device. Depending on your overall process of absorbing...

The Costa Rica Chronicles: Part 2

In my last post, I talked about the projects that I worked on as a part of the WIE-GFX Global Sustainability Scholars class in Costa Rica over winter break, as well as a bunch of the places we visited and the...

The Costa Rica Chronicles: Part 1

During winter break, I had the exciting chance to go on one of my dream trips. Shortly after I applied to University of Illinois last year, I also applied to the WIE-GFX Global Sustainability Scholars program. This...

Choosing Courses to Help You Be Successful

Several college students are currently faced with the task of choosing courses for the next semester or trimester, depending on their schedule. While picking courses sounds like a simple and even mundane task, it is...

Exploring Other Majors While on Campus

A lot of people decide when they get to college that the major they thought they wanted isn’t for them. In fact, according to our Division of General Studies, over 50% of college students will change their major...

What’s It Like To Be a James Scholar?

Last semester, I started a series of posts where I talked to someone in a particular program at Illinois. I want to add another post to this series and talk about what it means to be a James Scholar. I was admitted into...

Applying for Summer Internships

The first two weeks of last summer were rough. I found myself sitting on my couch all day, binge-watching show after show. Although I had just finished a busy first year of college, I still felt like I needed something...

A Guide to Acquiring Textbooks

These days, college students are faced with an impossible task: purchasing textbooks. And with the purchase of textbooks comes a boatload of questions. Today, I hope to not only address the most common questions about...

Online Classes

What is going on friends! Semester is a rolling here at Illinois as we’re coming up on week 3 of the spring semester. Crazy how fast the last one is moving. I wanted to talk to you guys about online classes in case any...

How to Know if Your Major Is Not Working Out

Entering as a freshman at a big institution is frightening—I get it. Picking classes during summer registration is nerve-wracking—honestly, I feel you. Selecting the right major that you actually enjoy? A spooky feeling...

Why the End of Break Isn’t So Bad

It was nice being able to travel, sit on the couch, hang out with your dog, and grab food from your kitchen cabinet whenever you wanted. But now you’re back at school, and if you’re finding it hard to get into the swing...

12 Days of Finals

On the first day of finals, from U of I to me: a gen ed that I’m failing On the second day of finals, from U of I to me: 2 peer reviews and a gen ed that I’m failing On the third day of finals, from U...