Why Returning to Chambana Is Amazing…

Going home for break is extremely exciting. After focusing on academics for four months straight, it’s nice to wind down and drink some hot cocoa while watching Christmas movies and snuggling with your siblings on the couch. Mom’s home-cooked meals are delicious and seeing old friends is refreshing as well. However, going back to Champaign-Urbana (or more commonly referred to as “Chambana” by most students) can be an exciting thought. Here are a few reasons why returning to Chambana is amazing:

1. Being around my friends!

It can be hard to meet up with friends from home over break. People have different plans. People’s families have different plans. Saying, “Let’s grab food!” doesn’t always end up happening. However, when you’re at school, it’s much easier to find people who can relate to your schedule (not to mention, it’s extremely convenient to live within five miles of each other).

2. Roomies!

Distance makes one’s heart grow fonder. Going from seeing someone every day to all of the sudden not being able to see them can really be hard. You’ll definitely want to spend quality time with your roomie once you return to campus.

3. The scenery 🙂

First of all, Champaign has this beautiful thing called Green Street. To put it simply, Green Street is the place to get food, from pizza to pasta to sandwiches to soup to Chinese and so much more! If you want it, this street will most likely have it. However, there are also some other kinds of beautiful places on campus like the Main Quad, Boneyard Creek in the Engineering Quad, and the beautiful, snow-covered buildings.

4. Alma!!

Lastly … Alma Mater! She is always welcoming her students back with open arms. It seems like such a small thing right now, but when you’re a student here, you’ll hopefully see the significance behind beautiful Alma.

Being home is awesome, but being in Chambana means you’re back on the best campus in the country … and what’s better than that?!



Class of 2022
The first time I visited Illinois, I knew that it was the school for me! I am on the pre-med track, majoring in Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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