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Adulting: The First Step

by Veronica

May 28, 2015

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Application, Curricula, Resources

Guess what?! Summer Registration for freshmen starts June 1st! For those of you within 500 miles of campus, you will be visiting us in the next few weeks to meet some classmates, explore campus, learn lots of great resources, and most importantly to talk …

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Illini Summer

by Sassy

May 19, 2015

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Campustown, Everyday Life

Hey, Illini and friends! The sound of ice cubes swirling in an Espresso Royale iced tea and Cocomero’s froyo dripping onto the pavement marks for a campus change. Students are traveling in and out of town sporadically, and some graduates are still h…

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Moving Out

by Daniel

May 17, 2015

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Everyday Life, Housing, Resources

Yesterday was the day I was moving out my dorm, Weston Hall. Weston Hall is a Living Learning Community Dorm in the Ikenberry Commons. I really enjoyed my time in the dorm and will definitely miss it next year. Before my parents came to pick me up, I m…

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Prepare for your photo finish

by Sassy

May 13, 2015

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Application

How goes it, Illini and friends? We’re now in the home stretch of the spring semester, and so our graduating seniors are gearing up for the big ceremony. Lines are about to build up outside the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) as graduates go …

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Second Semester Finals

by Emma

May 11, 2015

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Curricula, Everyday Life

Hey guys, I am currently in the midst of second semester finals, so I am going to keep this entry short and sweet. It does not really feel like the end of second semester, considering the weather outside is cold and rainy and looks nothing like a brig…

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Division of General Studies: Part 3

by James

May 9, 2015

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Application, Everyday Life, Resources

Here's the last and final part! The Division of General Studies (DGS) can be a great student network, but it's not always a great professional one. It's fun to meet other students in DGS. You can make some great friends as you hop from class to clas…

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Rise and Be a Leader: Executive Board Positions

by Daniel

May 8, 2015

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Career Plans, Curricula, Everyday Life, Student Organizations

Hey guys! So, last week I interviewed to be on the executive board of the American Advertising Federation Chapter of Illinois (AAF.) It's one of the biggest clubs on campus with over 500 members. AAF is one of the most popular RSOs (Registered Student …

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Some Move-In Day Wisdom

by Ria

May 8, 2015

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Campustown, Champaign-Urbana, Everyday Life, Graduation, Housing, Resources

Now that May 1st is out of the way and everyone’s committed to the college of their choice, there’s another date to look forward to and simultaneously dread: Move-In Day. As an out-of-state student, I was really nervous about figuring out the logistic…

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Dear Freshman Self

by Morgan

May 6, 2015

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Career Plans, Everyday Life

In honor of my last day of undergraduate classes yesterday, I decided to write a letter that I would want to give to my freshman self on the first day of classes. [caption id="attachment_20007" align="aligncenter" width="530"] I wrote this letter near …

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Pep Talk For Finals

by Daniel

May 6, 2015

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Career Plans, Curricula, Everyday Life, Resources

Final exams begin this week. A lot of students get super stressed around this time because all their hard work this semester will be displayed through these final tests. I hope everyone does well on their finals. But, I want to remind people that a test s…

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The Daily Surprises of Life in Chambana

by Ria

May 2, 2015

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Champaign-Urbana, Everyday Life, Recreation, Student Organizations

Earlier today, I was looking for a place to charge my laptop in the Illini Union when I walked by an event at the Courtyard Café. The “School Yard Brawl” was being hosted by Floor Lovers Illinois, an RSO (Registered Student Organization) that brings…

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Discovery Courses

by Daniel

May 2, 2015

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Career Plans, Curricula

Many students worry that when they get to college, they will be one of a thousand kids packed into one big lecture hall. But that's not always the case. Freshmen students at Illinois have the ability to take classes called "Discovery Courses." These…

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Outdoor concert season starts now!

by Sassy

May 1, 2015

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Campustown, Champaign-Urbana, Everyday Life, Recreation

How goes it, Illini and friends? Who else is looking forward to the weekend? Not only will there be beautiful weather (perfect for sunbathing on tree branches!) but plenty of activities to partake in outside. And the main event? On Saturday, Goodwin Av…

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Brace Yourself: Finals Are Almost Here

by Jenny

April 29, 2015

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Curricula, Everyday Life

Instead of binge watching episodes of Portlandia for late-night inspiration, I've been thinking about the subject matter for a few upcoming final writing assignments for my creative nonfiction class. It's exhausting and overwhelming to think about the soo…

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Finding a Roommate

by Emma

April 27, 2015

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Everyday Life, Housing

Hello! As the University of Illinois' spring semester nears its end, high schoolers around the country prepare for their final weeks as well. For seniors, this means the end of a quintessential chapter of their lives—but for seniors planning on atte…

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Why Illinois? Conclusion: Opportunities

by Morgan

April 27, 2015

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Career Plans, Everyday Life, Student Organizations, Study Abroad

Well, hello University Admissions readers. I’m sorry I disappeared around spring break and didn’t come back until now. I’ve been busy finishing up my last few assignments as an undergraduate. As of right now, graduation is officially 20 days away, w…

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Urbanite – Filming a Dance Competition

by James

April 25, 2015

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Student Organizations, Work

Hey all, My production crew and I got invited up to Chicago to film a dance competition. They liked the video we did for Urbanite back in Fall 2014, so they invited us up, hotel and travel expenses paid! Always keep your eyes peeled for opportunitie…

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Camel on the South Quad

by Daniel

April 23, 2015

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Everyday Life, Recreation

Today was a special day on campus. Vice President Joe Biden came to campus to speak about the national campaign against sexual assault called "It's On Us." But that wasn't the only cool thing to happen on campus today. In honor of Israeli Independence Day…

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Green Is the New Orange

by Sassy

April 22, 2015

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Campustown, Champaign-Urbana, Everyday Life, Student Organizations

Happy Earth Day, Illini and friends! In honor of this very important holiday, I thought I'd tell you about how we sustain our beautiful campus. Our commitment to reducing our ecological footprint has even landed us a spot on Mother Nature Network´┐Ż…

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How To Stay Friends With Your Home Friends

by Daniel

April 21, 2015

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Everyday Life, Recreation

So it's that time of year that Seniors make their college decisions. Ah, I remember those days. All of my friends were excited for each other, but we avoided the conversation of how we were all going to keep in touch. All of my friends were going in diffe…

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