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  • 10 Countries in 2 Years

    WANDERLUST: a strong desire to travel and explore the world. I had it, and now it’s even stronger. I always knew that I wanted to study abroad in college. I have been fascinated by other countries and cultures ever since I was young. I was probably the Travel Channel’s biggest viewer when I was ten years old. My favorite winter-time activity was going to the German Christkindlmarket in Chicago and eating potato pancakes with applesauce and buying little wooden toys from the merchants. My favorite exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry was the room full of decorated Christmas trees from around the world. I would even read my mom’s cooking magazines when they had special articles about foods from around the world. Needless to say, I have always had the desire to explore other countries.

  • Last Post!

    I've been working in the Undergraduate Affairs office for three years - and I can hardly believe that today is my last day of work!  It's been an absolute blast helping the College recruit students during my time at Illinois.  Hopefully through Orange and Blue Days, Admitted Student Days, Meet the Deans, the Business Experience, The Annual Womens Conference, campus/BIF tours and blog posts you've been able to see why the College of Business at the University of Illinois is the best.  If you are coming to campus as a freshman in the Fall - best of luck and enjoy every moment!  Work hard, but do not forget to take time to do things you enjoy - whether that's intramurals, volunteering within the community, or taking a class just because it sparks your interest - take advantage of every day. Enjoy your time here and GO ILLINI! I-L-L!

  • Fun events in Champaign-Urbana

    Spring is such an exciting time both on campus and in the Champaign-Urbana area.  This past weekend was the 15th annual Ebertfest - the Roger Ebert Film Festival at the Virginia Theater in downtown Champaign.  The festival promotes small, independent films.  I didn't get a chance to go see a film this weekend, but I went with a few friends last year.  We went and saw a documentary called "Funny Business" - because it featured business men running comedy clubs in Chicago.  This upcoming weekend is the Illinois marathon!  There is always a lot of buzz about the marathon because so many students participate in both the half and the full - I went to go to see friends cross the finish line last year and I plan on doing the same thing this weekend.  Last weekend was Moms Weekend - both my parents came down to participate in campus festivities.  We went and saw the musical Hairspray that was put on by the Illini Union Board and ate dinner at Wedge - my new favorite Mexican restaurant off campus (try the chicken or fish tacos!).  These are just a few things going on around campus, Champaign-Urbana is a really awesome area to explore.  My friends and I are trying to make the most of our time before we graduate on Saturday, May 11th!  GO ILLINI!


  • Spring has Sprung!

    Spring is my favorite time on campus - after the cold blustery winter it's so nice to be able to get outside an enjoy Champaign!  This past weekend my friends and I took advantage of the 70 degree weather by going on walks, eating frozen yogurt on the Quad, playing sand volleyball on the courts by the 6-pack and dining on the patio at Wedge, an off-campus Mexican restaurant.

    I can hardly believe that I only have a month of school left - I am doing everything I can to make the most of it.  It seems like yesterday that I was moving into Illini Tower and I had my entire college experience lying in front of me.  I really feel that I've made the most of my college career - I joined a social sorority, a business fraternity, I work in the Admissins Office and I will have interned at three different public accounting firms.  I stayed very busy and active, which made these past four years enjoyable.  When you come to campus next fall, I encourage you to get involved right away - whether you find a club to join a Quad Day, join an intramual team or a Greek organization - being a part of an organization and meeting other people with similiar interests really enriches a student's experience!

  • The Business Experience

    This upcoming weekend, the College of Business will be hosting its annual "Business Experience" event on Saturday, March 9.  The Business Experience is one of my favorite events because it really gives admitted students a feel for what attending the University of Illinois, College of Business will be like.

    I remember attending the event nearly four years ago as a prospective student.  I was able meet professors and current students.  I met students with a wide variety of interests and experiences - some of these students were accountancy majors so I was able to ask them questions about what classes to take, where to live and listen to any other general advice they had to offer.  I attended the event with my parents who were also glad to get many of their questions answered and see what life would be like for me the following Fall.

    I highly recommend that if you are an admitted student you come and visit campus this weekend.  You will be able to meet some of your peers, and see what the Business Intructional Facility (BIF) is like.  Most of your business classes will be held in BIF or across the street in Wohlers Hall.  One of the things I love about the College of Business is that we are a large Big 10 school, but since all of our business classes are really housed under two roofs - it gives the College a small school atmosphere.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us anytime at admissions@business.illinois.edu and hopefully we will see you this weekend!  GO ILLINI!

  • From the Home of Mozart

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    Hallo from across the pond!

    I'm happy to share that three short weeks ago I started my study abroad journey in Vienna, Austria to study at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. The trip is well underway as I’ve explored various Austrian cities and have done my fair share of palace and museum tours. I started off in Saalbach, Austria where the study abroad group skied for a week in the Alps. We enjoyed 7 full days of Austrian cuisine, discerning and adapting to cultural differences, and skiing until our legs could take no more. Everyday was a new trail, a new adventure, and a new memory.

  • Study Abroad is a Wonderful Opportunity

    ¡Hola a todos! I am currently in the beautiful city of Granada, Spain studying abroad here for the semester. I feel so extremely blessed to have this opportunity and it has been an incredible experience so far! 

  • Life Beyond College

    When I started at U of I just over 3 1/2 years ago, I never imagined how quickly my college years would pass. Instead of being on campus for my last semester of senior year, I made the decision to intern with PricewaterhouseCoopers. It was a hard decision to make: whether to spend my last semester with my friends doing everything we hadn't yet accomplished or to get a glimpse of what my life after graduation would look like. I chose the later and am extremely happy I did.

  • Full Circle

    Looking at the last few posts, 'tis the season for us old seniors to give you some advice. I'll continue that trend! I am finishing up my fourth year, and looking forward (sort of) to graduation in May. I'll be spending a couple months in Europe and then starting full time at PwC doing Management Consulting. Until then, I plan on fully enjoying my last 16 weeks in Urbana-Champaign. Time flies. 

  • Advice from a Senior

    It feels like graduation is coming sooner than I expected - these past few weeks have been flying by. As I look back on my last 3 1/2 years at the University of Illinois and in the College of Business, I can only smile and laugh about the amazing memories I have created here. Of course we all have ups and downs, but now I've let the bad days pass and I will remember my college career by all of the good memories I've made. I wouldn't change my college experience for anything and want to share some of my tips for success.

    -Go for what you want. Each time I knew I wanted something, whether it was a postion in my sorority or business organization, or a good grade in a class, I put all of my effort into it. I had the fortune of running the College of Business Shadow Program and representing my sorority as Recruitment Chair, mainly because I put myself out there and worked hard.

    -Find time for yourself. I don't condone skipping classes, but let's just say every once in a while I needed a personal day. Make sure you take care of yourself throughout college. School and work can be stressful, but college is so much more fun and rewarding if you take a break from every day tasks and relax a bit.

    -Meet new people. I am leaving the university with so many more friends than I started with 3 1/2 years ago. I am lucky to still have a great relationship with my friends and roommate from freshman year, all the way to friends I have met in the last semester. Take time for others and work on your relationships. Your friends are going to be what matter most to you when you leave here!

    -Study hard: College can be difficult! Classes are harder than high school classes. You have so much more free time but also have the ability to be much less productive. You will be much happier leaving college with job offers because you took your classes seriously, than your peers who skipped class and are sitting around on their parents' couch after graudation.

    -HAVE FUN! Sounds simple, and it really is. Find what you love to do, and don't lose sight of that admist the stress of academics and work. You are only in college once, so live up your time here. Believe me, now that I'm at the end I wish I could replay my four years and do it all over again.

    These may seem like effortless things to do, but it's easy to get caught up during college and lose sight of what's going on aroud you. Enjoy your four years here! I feel extremely lucky that I am so bummed to leave college. It really shows that I have had an amazing time in the past few years. Here's to what's in store! Go Illini!

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