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Taking Breaks During Finals

by Sarah

May 2, 2016

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Curricula, Everyday Life

It is well known that this time of year can be associated with stress and having a lot of things to do. Generally, if I think about those things as being stressful, I get more freaked out. So, I instead try to think about how good it feels to be as produc…

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Preparing for Spring Finals

by Alec

May 1, 2016

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Curricula, Everyday Life, Graduation, Resources

Finals are right around the corner (unfortunately), and I am feeling done with school more than ever. Summer is calling my name, but these last few weeks are what matter the most. Especially since I have a final worth 50% of my grade! So I wanted to make …

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FAQ: Should I bring a car?

by Alex

April 28, 2016

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Champaign-Urbana, Everyday Life, Resources

Hello! Most new and transfer students have many questions about what to bring to school with them. A car is something that many people may have access to at home but not at school. I'm here to tell you that either way is perfectly fine! Personally, I'v…

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Disability Culture at Illinois

by James

April 26, 2016

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Campustown, Everyday Life, Housing, Resources

Hi everyone, I wanted to take the time to address the topic of disability at Illinois. Despite being one of the largest minority groups, students with disabilities are often overlooked and left out of important conversations about inclusion, diversity,…

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I am ready to be a volunteer!

by Connie

April 23, 2016

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

Having a boring weekend? Looking for an opportunity to give back to the community? Got a little free time to help others? Then, you should definitely be a volunteer and have fun with it. There are various ways to get involved and I will introduce some of…

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Why Illinois? The Students!

by Amber

April 22, 2016

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Campustown, Career Plans, Curricula, Everyday Life, Resources, Student Organizations

May 1st is coming. (As if you could forget.) While the deadline approaches, current student bloggers like Ria, Alec, and Connie have been blogging about their choice, and in the Admissions Office we have been sending you emails with some of the 200+ reaso…

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Registering for Classes

by Indyia

April 20, 2016

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Champaign-Urbana, Curricula, Graduation, Work

Hey guys, As a broken in undergraduate student I thought I would share some of my wisdoms about registering for classes with those of you reading who are incoming undergrads. For my first semester most of my classes were based on requirements from b…

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One Year Down

by Alec

April 18, 2016

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Everyday Life

Where did my first year go? It is so bittersweet to sit here and reminisce about all the memories I have of my freshman year at the University of Illinois. I can still remember my first day of classes when I had no idea what was going on, but I survived. …

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Evening Class

by Sarah

April 17, 2016

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Curricula, Everyday Life

This semester has been the first time I've had an evening class, and to my surprise, I've really enjoyed this change in schedule! Last spring, one of my classes had a weekly film screening from 7:00 to 9:30 pm once a week. While having class that late was…

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An Advertising Competition Like No Other

by Daniel

April 17, 2016

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Career Plans, Curricula

This past weekend, I was in South Bend, Indiana competing at the National Student Advertising Competition competing on behalf of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) student chapter here at Illinois. Every year, the AAF pairs up with a national brand…

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Closing Out the Year

by Kenny

April 12, 2016

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Campustown, Champaign-Urbana, Curricula, Everyday Life, Graduation, Recreation

Hey guys, It's April, and we've all been in school since late August. We're tired. We're burnt out. We need summer break to come soon. These are all things I start hearing from my fellow students right around this time of year, and they're right. We ha…

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Mom’s Weekend

by Kenny

April 12, 2016

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Campustown, Champaign-Urbana, Everyday Life, Recreation

Hey guys, So as some of my current student readers already know, last weekend was Mom's Weekend, and boy, what a weekend it was. Between running around, trying to show my mom all the attractions and sights she deemed fun, and trying to meet up with my …

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Meeting With Your Advisor For the First Time

by Alex

April 12, 2016

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Application

Hey all! If you're anything like me, you might be nervous about meeting with your Academic Advisor for the first time. This might be the first step you take in your academic career here at Illinois.     I know that before I came …

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Making Friends In College: Common Mistakes

by Ria

April 12, 2016

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Campustown, Champaign-Urbana, Everyday Life, Recreation, Student Organizations

Taking hard classes, having to wear flip flops in the shower, making friends…it’s all pretty rough. Here are some common mistakes to avoid making when it comes to the latter: Not introducing yourself to your floor mates The people living on you…

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Talk like an Illini

by Veronica

April 11, 2016

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Curricula, Everyday Life, Housing, Transfer to Illinois

Hey pals, Here at Illinois, we love to abbreviate EVERYTHING (even our name!). So, I thought it might be helpful to make a list of some words you may see or hear but not quite understand at first. Colleges At Illinois, each of our majors a…

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Are you thinking about Graduate School?

by James

April 9, 2016

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Campustown, Career Plans, Recreation

It's never too early to start thinking about what you want to do after graduation. If grad school is in your list of goals, then this is especially true. You can check out U of I's offered graduate programs here. Generally, there are 4 major requir…

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10 Things You Should Know About GCXs

by Liv

April 8, 2016

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Curricula, Resources

This year, Illinois is taking a new approach to some Gen Eds (aka those core classes you have to take in order to graduate). We call them Grand Challenge Experience Courses, or GCXs, and you’ll definitely want to learn more about them before choosing yo…

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What is International Student Orientation?

by Amber

April 7, 2016

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Resources

You are in, you have accepted your offer, and you are ready to book your ticket to Illinois, right? But wait! Don't forget about International Student Orientation before you book. This year, students should plan on arriving on or before August 14th. Wh…

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California to Illinois

by Ria

April 5, 2016

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Application, Campus Visits, Campustown, Career Plans, Champaign-Urbana, Curricula, Everyday Life, Housing, Recreation, Resources, Student Organizations

Hi everyone! I wanted to write a post in response to one of the comments my friend Alec received on his post “Choosing the School for YOU”: “I am at the deciding point and will be visiting the campus on 4/8 for Admitted Student Day. I am from th…

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Fall scheduling: my springtime inspiration!

by Sarah

April 4, 2016

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Curricula

Hello, everyone! I hope you all are enjoying the great springtime weather we've had. I really cannot believe that April has arrived, but I've been loving the busyness and opportunities that this time of year presents. I have some exciting things coming…

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