The Power of Gen Eds
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
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
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
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.
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
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!
LAS 101: An Intern's Perspective
When I first started at the University of Illinois, I was undeclared under the Division of General Studies. During my first semester here, I was required to take a freshman seminar course (GS 101) taught by one of the college’s advisors. We talked about tips for adjusting to the college lifestyle.... By the end of my sophomore year, I declared sociology and communication as my majors and joined the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
This semester, I am an LAS 101 intern and I teach a very similar freshman seminar course to students in the College of LAS. I can honestly say that being an LAS 101 intern has been one of the greatest experiences in my time at this university.
Excavating the Archives for LAS's Centennial
Maybe at some point during your time here at Illinois, you'll find a reason to turn into one of the side halls that stretch between the Undergraduate and Main Libraries. Nestled into an unexpected corner, you’ll find the University Archives, home to over 29,000 cubic feet and three terabytes of office records, publications, and personal papers from the University and the Champaign-Urbana campus.
My reason was to get a better picture what University life was like in 1913, the year the College of LAS was founded. The archive had plenty of pictures to choose from!
Moments at Memorial Stadium
Saturday afternoons during the fall means one thing on this campus: football season! Nothing can compare to seeing all the Orange and Blue flood the streets of Champaign-Urbana as alumni, students, and fans alike come from all over the state to support the Illini.
The Science of Kindergarteners
Ever since I was a kid, I knew that I loved science. I’ve been aware about my interest for years; it just wasn’t until last year that I realized how much I love teaching science. At the beginning of this semester, my roommate told me about a class she was going to take: CHEM 199, a course where you’d go into a classroom once a week to teach science. I immediately signed up, and since then my partner and I have been teaching lessons to a class full of kindergarteners once a week.