Studying Abroad: Let it Shatter Your World
I absolutely love traveling; I used to live abroad, and I have studied abroad twice, so I’m not passing up the opportunity to discuss traveling abroad.
Part of a Legacy
Deciding where to go to college is usually a difficult decision. Yes, on the surface, you’re just trying to figure out where to continue the next four years of your education, but it’s actually much more than that.
Two weeks ago was busy due to the Fall 2014 Business Career Fair. For many juniors and seniors this is one of the most important events of the year. I originally attended the career fair as a freshman and was advised by the companies to come back during my junior year.
Reliving Freshman Year as an LAS 101 Intern
“To teach is to learn twice over.” –Joseph Joubert
My friend and former coworker, Masrura Faruque, first introduced me to the idea of teaching a college class when she shared her experiences as an LAS 101 intern. As a past LAS blogger, she wrote about those experiences last year.
Embracing the Future
I’m actually not quite sure where the time has gone. As I drove down to campus for my final move-in day I was trying to remember the order of events during my time at Illinois. When did I join that club? Was that on my 19th birthday or 20th birthday?
I entered the University of Illinois as an undeclared freshman. After years of trying to figure out what I wanted to major in, I finally chose geology. Out of many deciding factors, of which there were many, one of the things that influenced me the most was the fact that there was a required class in the curriculum, titled GEOL 417: “Geology Field Methods, Western U.S.”
News Access vs. News Consumption
While walking around campus on the way to your next class, you can’t help but notice how no one is paying attention. People are bumping into each other and ignoring acquaintances because they are too distracted by their phones. It seems that in today’s society, everyone has a smart phone, laptop, iPod, and numerous other devices.
Gradumotions. That’s what one of my best friends calls it when you experience a mix of emotions right before you graduate. I think this term is very applicable to me right now as I am nearing that time and I am finding myself experiencing various emotions simultaneously.
All Good Things
Climbing the ladder to view the bells of Altgeld Hall on a sunny spring day, I was given the opportunity to see campus from a unique bird’s-eye view. The Quad was bustling, the landscape was returning to its lush green color, and I thought to myself, “Man, I’m going to miss this place.”
Defending the Liberal Arts and Sciences
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.