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  • Campus Resource Illini Union Board: It’s Nowhere and Everywhere!

    By Yudong (Dora) Wang -- IOSL

    As a member of UIUC community, you’ve must been to Illini Union – the heart of our campus. Events and programs are held in the Union throughout the year: concerts, comedy shows, movie nights, and lots of other fun activities. However, are you aware that those entertaining events are planned and run by an organized and energetic group called Illini Union Board (http://union.illinois.edu/get-involved/illini-union-board)? IUB, short for Illini Union Board, is dedicated to overlooking and supporting all events and programs taking place in the Illini Union. For me it’s like the air in the union: you can hardly find any clues of advertising about IUB, but each single event relies on IUB to coordinate and facilitate.

    By now IUB might still sound new to you, so let’s go discuss activities within the Illini Union first. Every Fall semester...

  • Student Blogger: Educate yourself about your Immigration Status

    By Qianyu (Margaret) Cheng

    Hi! Welcome to ISSS blog again J today our topic is about immigration status. It’s fairly important for you to maintain your F-1 status as an international student. Although at first it may seem overwhelming, but later on you will realize that once you have yourself educated, it’s easy and fun.

    You probably all remember that excitement when you were admitted to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. However, after that, another challenge had been put on schedule – the visa appointment. It’s different for each country, but in China an interview is needed and I still remember the question...

  • Student Blogger: Knowing what to say and when to say it

    By Qianyu (Margaret) Cheng

    Hi, it’s Qianyu (Margaret). How’s the semester going for everyone? The first midterm is coming up and I am sure you can do it! Today’s topic is about interpersonal communication and cultural context.

    Back when I first came to U.S., and when I was already a sophomore, I was okay with my grade as I got used to the university system. I also got involved in club activities and events on campus and I had a group of friends. The only concern was: I don’t know how to talk.

    I am okay with formal English usage, because as the time went on I gradually learned how to order food or coffee in dining hall, and how to ask my advisor about my academic progress. The only thing was that I didn’t know how to make small talk.

    When I met people I don’t know...

  • Campus Resources: Office of the Dean of Students

    Lingli (Alyssa) Kong -- International Orientation Student Leader

    Maybe you haven’t heard of the Office of Dean of Students (ODOS). However, ever since you were admitted, New Student Programs, one of the many offices under ODOS, had started to email you. Once you start your student life here at U of I, you would be amazed by how much you would utilize ODOS! You could get your licenses such as passports and academic transcripts certified at the Student Legal Service. You would interact with Fraternity and Sorority Affairs after joining the university’s large Greek community. You would get advice from the Tenant Union while searching for an apartment or house. All these offices are under the Office of Dean of Students.

    Similar as me, you would be frequently directed to the Student Assistant Center, the frontline office of the Dean of Students, after mistakenly calling the other campus resources. At the Center...

  • Student Blogger: Thinking in your native language and overcoming communication gaps

    By Qianyu (Margaret) Cheng

    Hey everyone! It's me, Margaret again. It's so nice to see you all. For those who are new here, welcome to the U of I! My name is Qianyu Cheng (but I also go by Margaret). I was born and raised in Hangzhou, China, and I am a junior majoring in Actuarial Science. As an International Student Orientation Leader (IOSL), I greeted freshman and transfer students at the beginning of the semester. I will also be your blogger for International Student and Scholar Services Blog for the rest of year! I am so excited to share my stories and tips with everyone!

    As an international student whose native language is not English, I experienced lots of communication gaps when I first came to U.S. After a 13 hour flight, when I finally got to the Chicago O’Hare Airport and waited for the bus to come to Champaign, I was so tired and hungry. Yet I didn't go to the nearest McDonald to buy anything because I was afraid of talking and making mistakes when I ordered food. 

    As soon as I got to U.S...

  • Student Blogger: Join the Conversation and Make Some Friends

    By Qianyu (Margaret) Cheng

    Discussing is going on.

    The topic is about “how to make friends”… And every one seems to have a lot to say. They are talking, joking, laughing, and sharing their points of view, except me.

    To be honest....

  • Student Blogger: Traveling Between Cultures

    By Qianyu (Margaret) Cheng

    Time goes fast. When I notice it is already in the middle of the April. At the time between April and May, Surprisingly, while sun is shiny all over the place, occasionally the snow will also appear for a minute or two. The harmony of snowflake and sunshine is a sort of beauty that beyond description. The weather in Champaign is a little bit different from my hometown, but I love both.

    The snow represents the extreme winter and sunshine represents the very summer, the overlapping of these two is really appealing. Just like the weather, the difference in culture is somehow the same. The difference between western culture and eastern culture is just like that. During the two years’ studying abroad experience, I get the feeling that both of them are beautiful and unique.

    First of all...

  • Student Blogger: My experience at International Week

    By Qianyu (Margaret) Cheng

    After a whole week of relaxing spring break, we finally embrace the second half of the spring semester. Finally the snow disappears and sunshine comes out, indicating the arrival of spring. In the meantime, this is a special time on campus. The international week, as well as other cultural events right after the spring break, brought us a brand new experience of the global world.

    From March 31 to April 6, 2014, UIUC celebrates international weeks. First time that I knew about this special week...

  • Student Blogger: Moving Off-campus, Taking on more responsibility

    By Qianyu (Margaret) Cheng

    Finally, at the moment when I signed my contract for the apartment, I was so excited and looking forward to the brank new life of living in apartment with three roommates. After tiring apartment hunting and roommates searching, we got to settle down and moved in.

    Before the life in apartment, I lived in resident hall for a whole year since freshman is required to live in dorm. I spent the first year of my UI life in Busey-Evan, one of the university resident halls. The dorm is comfortable and relaxing place for students to take a rest and it feels like my home, and I met lots of friends (actually most of my friends) there. The dining hall, computer lab and library are also provided in the dorm, which is convenient and easy to use. Doing homework in library is my favorite activity. In the dorm, the resident assistants and multicultural advocates are always there to help. What’s more, I love the grand piano in the lounge. Although I don’t play piano, it is always enjoyable to listen to it when others are playing that.

    In the second semester of my freshman year...

  • Student Blogger: Monday with Ellen DeGeneres

    By Margaret Cheng

    If you were walking on the Quad in the afternoon of Monday, February 25, you would have witnessed thousands of people on the grass, and some of them were even dressed like characters from movies. What made people so crazy on a day full of class? What made so many people wait on the Quad with interesting customs? What made some professors dismiss their lectures early to let students have the opportunity to be on the Quad? The answer is: Ellen Degeneres!

    After Ellen posted several tweets about a big surprise on Monday...

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