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.
Gaining Firsthand Research Experience
In order to graduate with a degree in biochemistry, I am required to submit a senior thesis. Generally, a thesis is a formal report of one’s research, detaining the research problem, experimental approach, results, and interpretation of those results. Completing a thesis involves joining a research lab on campus and working on an independent project. At the end of the year, the thesis will be written up and submitted to both the department and the college for approval.
Tips for a Great Homecoming
October on campus is one of my favorite times of the year for one very important reason...HOMECOMING! The first Homecoming at the University of Illinois was in 1910. It’s an old and beautiful tradition on this campus. We may or may not be the originator of the Homecoming celebration (up for debate) but we definitely know how to celebrate. As a freshman or even as an upperclassman who hasn’t participated in Homecoming week, it can seem a little intimidating. That’s why I have compiled some helpful tips to getting the best out of your Homecoming week.
The Rewards of Giving Back
With so many Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) on campus, there are a ton of opportunities to get involved in what you love. From intramural sports, to singing groups, and any hobby you can think of, there’s an incredible amount of RSOs you can join to have fun in your free time. But sometimes the most rewarding experience in extracurricular activities is giving back to the community through volunteer work.
Connecting through Ushering
One of the nice things about coming back to campus is feeling right at home when you visit your favorite places. For me, the Krannert Center feels as warm and welcoming as it did when I started volunteering as an usher last fall. I think a large part of that is the sense of community that the Krannert Center Student Association (KCSA) and Champaign-Urbana residents provide.