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.
Welcome Back, Alma Mater
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”
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
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
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.