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Coffee and Naps

by Alex

August 31, 2015

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Everyday Life

It is officially the start of our second week into school. I already feel like I'm overwhelmed with meetings, online discussions, reading, and my part-time job. However, I don't mind having so much to do because I feel more productive with a busy schedule…

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Food of Urbana: The Bread Company

by Ria

August 31, 2015

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Campustown, Champaign-Urbana, Everyday Life, Recreation

If I were to count every little thing that I miss about living in Urbana, The Bread Company would certainly top the list. I have nothing but kind words to say about this fine establishment. The Bread Company is a family owned restaurant that’s open f…

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Do your reading now!

by Sarah

August 30, 2015

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Curricula

I don't know about everyone else, but even though we've only had one week of class, my to-do lists have been pretty big! The items on the lists vary depending on the day, but one thing that's always there is reading. And lots of it. Fortunately, I'm reall…

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College Fairs: It’s That Season Again

by Jenny

August 30, 2015

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Application, Career Plans, Graduation, Resources

Hey everyone, Wow! I've just spent two hours online looking for graduate schools with an M.F.A. program. While this is the reality of looking for grad schools (thank you great vast internet), I can honestly say I miss when other people did my homework …

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Scheduling 101

by Ria

August 29, 2015

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Curricula, Everyday Life

Hello! I hope everyone had a great summer! It’s nice to be back on campus for my sophomore year, and I genuinely feel like I have a better grasp of things this time around. After experiencing a week of classes, one of the things that I’m enjoying, in …

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First Week Photoblog

by Sivani

August 29, 2015

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Campustown, Champaign-Urbana, Everyday Life

Now that the first week of my senior year has come and passed, I thought it fitting to honor the start of the academic year with a photo blog! Here are some of my sights and sounds from the beginning of the Fall 2015 semester! I love starting my mornin…

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Buying Books

by Indyia

August 29, 2015

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Champaign-Urbana, Curricula

Hey guys, Something else I thought I would write about would be how to buy books from the Illini bookstore, or finding other places to get books from. The first week of classes can be pretty crazy, trying to find all of your class locations and getting…

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Today’s Adventures

by Sarah

August 28, 2015

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Champaign-Urbana

I had such an enjoyable evening here on campus! My adventures once again proved to me that there are so many fun things to do here on campus. Here's what I did: First, I went to the Taste of Champaign dinner at the Ikenberry Quad. I think housing has…

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Dear Future First-Generation College Students

by Jenny

August 27, 2015

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Everyday Life, Resources

Hey everyone, I’m so excited to share this post with you after reading the tips under the hashtag #ILLINOISfirstgen. Definitely check out what's been posted from previous and current students. Since I'm a first-gen college student, I wrote a letter …

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So You Want to Go to College

by Alec

August 27, 2015

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Everyday Life

First off, I would like to say that college is most definitely the best thing to ever happen to me thus far. I mean, since when are we allowed to leave a pair of socks on the floor without our parents nagging at us to go and pick them up? Nonetheless, I a…

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How to Apply to Illinois: International Student Edition

by Kyra

August 26, 2015

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Admission Requirements, Application

Hello everyone! It is that time of year – our application for admission will be posted on Tuesday, September 1st (that's in 6 days, people)! Whether this makes you feel extremely excited or so nervous that you want to scream we here in…

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Move-In Day

by Indyia

August 26, 2015

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Campustown, Champaign-Urbana, Everyday Life

For my first blog post, I want to write about my first college experience: move-in day. Move-in day was pretty chaotic, and I think for once my mom was more freaked out than I was. For me, move-in day was emotional, tiring, and relieving. After unpacki…

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FAFAQs: Frequently Asked Freshman Application Questions

by Liv

August 26, 2015

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Admission Requirements, Application, Resources

Application season is here! As we head into this exciting time, I thought I would share answers to some frequently asked questions about the freshman process and terms used. If you have any additional questions beyond my list here, feel free to leave a co…

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Faces of Illinois: Meet Veronica!

by Sassy

August 25, 2015

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Champaign-Urbana, Everyday Life, Resources, Work

How goes it, Illini and friends? This week, you get to learn more about Admissions Counselor Veronica, who's starring with April in our new video series, Ask April and Vern! They're ready to answer ANY questions you have about Illinois. Just tweet…

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Quad Day Adventures!

by Sarah

August 23, 2015

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Application

Well, today was Quad Day! Quad day is quite an experience, and I'm so glad that I went again this year! My experience this year was very different, as the art of Quad Day takes practice.  Everyone's opinion of Quad Day may be a little different, so my pe…

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Join My Club: Quad Day

by Daniel

August 23, 2015

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Champaign-Urbana, Curricula, Everyday Life, Resources, Student Organizations

Hey everyone! I just got back from Quad Day, the annual fair where hundreds of RSOs (Registered Student Organizations) come with pamphlets, fliers, and giveaways to encourage all Illini students to join their clubs. From Water Polo to Fishing Club, you…

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Five Legitimately Helpful Websites for College Kids

by Emma

August 23, 2015

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Everyday Life, Resources

Hi Everybody! I hope you're all gearing up for classes tomorrow! So you've been using EasyBib since like, forever, but perhaps you haven't yet stumbled upon some of these. Here are some of my favorite, and most useful, websites: 1. Tip of My Tongue…

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5 Essential University of Illinois Apps

by Sivani

August 22, 2015

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Campustown, Champaign-Urbana, Everyday Life, Resources

Now that all of our new students have joined us on campus and our returning students are filing back in, I wanted to share some of my favorite University of Illinois-specific apps to help us find our classes, navigate the bus system, and master the ar…

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4 Things I Learned From Move-In Day

by Daniel

August 21, 2015

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Curricula, Everyday Life, Housing

Seeing the Class of 2019 moving in this year brought back a lot of memories from my move-in last year. With moving in, it seems like you feel extremely underpacked or extremely overpacked. There never really is an in between. However, I’ve learned five …

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Choose a Second Major! Seriously.

by Veronica

August 20, 2015

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Admission Requirements, Application, Selectivity

Hello all! As some of you may have noticed, our application process has changed a bit this year. Let’s talk about it. In the past, students were asked to apply for their first choice program or the Division of General Studies (DGS) if they were un…

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