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  • Defending the Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Melisa Puthenmadom
    Melisa Puthenmadom

    Majoring in the liberal arts can be taxing—the eternal question I seem to face is: “You’re an English major? What do you want to do with that?” Students need to be employment-oriented in an increasingly competitive and exclusive job market. The idea of pursuing a passion or talent is met with skepticism and advice to “explore other options.” Sometimes it’s difficult to remain sure of the decision to pursue a BA in the humanities.

  • Welcome Back, Alma Mater

    Steven Grosso
    Steven Grosso

    As a senior getting ready to graduate, I am very excited to be in the first graduating class in a very long time that gets to take pictures with a truly bronze Alma Mater. I know that when I come back to the University of Illinois as an alumnus, Alma Mater will be one of the first spots I visit. With arms outstretched, Alma Mater will welcome me back to campus and I will know that I am home.

  • “No Day But Today”

    Melisa Puthenmadom
    Melisa Puthenmadom

    My experience as a cast member of the musical RENT has been memorable and, at times, emotional. But I’m very glad I took a chance and auditioned. I've helped build and paint set pieces (I held a power drill for the first time!), I’ve helped build stories around characters, and I’ve wondered about hope.

  • Spring Break: Relaxation Station

    Mariah Matthews
    Mariah Matthews

    The weeks leading up to spring break can be equal parts stress and anticipation, with midterm studying and swimsuit shopping, but it’s all worth it in the end on that Friday afternoon when you’re heading home. Although spring break can be a fun, wild time, it is also a chance to relax and do some “spring cleaning.” Take the time to indulge in all of these things that you can’t do because of class or other commitments.

  • The Power of Gen Eds

    Mackenzie Marti
    Mackenzie Marti

    When the semester started, this was definitely not the class that I looked forward to attending.... But throughout the semester I ended up loving that class more than any other. 

  • Communication: More than Just Public Speaking

    Masrura Faruque
    Masrura Faruque

    One of the greatest things about exploring a new major is finding that it explores more than what you expect. During freshman and part of sophomore year, I was so sure that I was going to be a chemistry or biology major. Having taken many science classes in high school, this was familiar territory to me and I did not think to look at my other options. 

  • Cheering on Fighting Illini Basketball

    Steven Grosso
    Steven Grosso

    While the frigid winter may be dreadful for students on campus walking to class, the arrival of Big Ten basketball season is its saving grace. The University of Illinois has always been extremely proud of its rich basketball history, from the legendary Flyin’ Illini of 1989 to the 2005 team that started out 29-0 and went all the way to the National Championship game. This tradition has continued to play a large role on campus and can be seen every game day as the State Farm Center fills with excited students and alumni.

  • Champaign-Urbana's Food Scene

    Mackenzie Marti
    Mackenzie Marti

    I’ve been to basketball games and football games. I’ve heard thousands of students from our school chanting the same cheers when a rival football team is ten yards from the end zone. There’s Quad Day, and rush week, and Engineering Open House. There are multitudes of opportunities here at the University of Illinois to get students involved and united. We are a community. And if there’s one thing that can unite us all, it’s food.

  • Surviving Spring

    Melisa Puthenmadom
    Melisa Puthenmadom

    Returning to campus after winter break feels like you’ve taken a year or two off and forgotten everything about how to function at college. Bus schedules, class schedules, buying textbooks and notebooks and folders and facing overwhelming uncertainty from every corner.

    We all experience some level of confusion in the first week or so of a new semester. Luckily, while the spring semester is technically a new start, you’re not really stumbling around in the dark when it comes to daily routines. Here are a few tips I’ve tried to tell myself around the beginning of a new semester:

  • Get to Work! Finals Tips

    Mariah Matthews
    Mariah Matthews

    Happy Finals Week—may the odds be ever in your favor.

    It’s that time of the year again. It’s funny, it hasn’t gotten bitterly cold and the sun is still out and then finals week rolls around and it’s freezing and overcast. This is a very stressful time for most students on campus, but there can also be good times too; those late hours in the library where you and your friends end up laughing about any little thing. You don’t have class so you can use all the extra time to catch up on rest, relax, and study (then repeat). As this will by my fifth round with Finals Week I figured I’d reflect on my experience and what I have learned from my peers and share them!

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