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  • 7 Things To Remember While in College

    Hello Everyone!

    My name is Landen Crews and I am a senior in the Marketing & Information Systems/Technology program in the College of Business. I am super excited to share some of my college experiences with you over the course of the next few months.

    A friend of mine recently asked me to share several pieces of advice on what I think it takes to survive in college.  So as my first official blog post of the year, I will share a list of the seven things that I have found to be interesting or insightful during my time here at UIUC. 

    1)  Let your passions drive your actions - It’s likely that your passion isn’t accounting or supply chain management but rather something much deeper.  Don’t lose sight of who you want to be and what you want to do in order to find the highest paying job after school.  Find a company and career that will allow you to drink from the well of your passions.  

    2)  You don’t need to have THE plan, but you do need to have a plan. - It is okay that you don’t have the next 40 years of your life figured out quite yet.  Even if you don’t know where your road may take you, it is important to know what you would like to be doing for the next few.  Know what kind of clubs you want to get involved with and have a plan on how you want to take on a leadership positiion within.  

    3)  You don’t need to have life figured out, but you should surround yourself by people who you think do. - Be observant of the people you admire most.  It is likely that they have had the same struggles and obstacles as you.  Everyone from Jesus to Jay-Z and everyone in between had someone that they admired and looked up to.  Even if these people are parents or fictional characters, be a student of how they live their life.  

    4)  Take advantage of the amazing things we have on this campus. - It is very easy to live in a bubble within the College of Business.  There’s a reason why companies like YouTube and AirBnB had their roots at UIUC, go see how you can make an impact with those people who are doing amazing things. 

    5)  Be a pirate.  - Take yourself down a road where not many have gone before and see how you can make an impact.  What looks crazy now may be the next big thing; always take the opportunity to look like the crazy one.   

    6)  Don’t be afraid to be different  - The people we remember remember most are the ones who were different than the others.  We learn about people like Steve Jobs, MLK, and JFK because they changed the status quo.  

    7)  Know your strengths and weaknesses - The best leaders in the world are successful because they know what they do best and where they need improvement. 


    Have a great fall and GO ILLINI!!


    Landen Crews

    Senior, Marketing & Information Systems/Technology

  • The First Weekend - Munich

    Earlier, I wrote about study abroad in general and how amazing my semester was in studying in Germany. I promised you all more posts about my trips so let’s begin with my first trip to Munich with 4 Illinois students and 1 student from Indiana. The first two weeks in Vallendar were amazing. We met so many other exchange students and instantly became best friends with them and the actual students studying at WHU. Two of my best friends are actually studying abroad here in Champaign next semester from WHU and I met these two that first weekend in Vallendar.

    So on to Munich now. We took a 6am bus from Vallendar to Munich and arrived in the afternoon there. After walking aimlessly to our hostel (the manager was even a Cubs fan), we settled in and immediately headed out to explore the town. Munich is a fairly small city compared to a Chicago or New York but it is the size of a continent compared to Vallendar, so it was nice seeing a change of pace from the first two weeks. Munich was amazing; there was so much activity going on and a lot of culture. Munich is the capital of Bavaria which fulfills the stereotype people think of what Germans and Germany is. We visited the sites and explored the city which had a lot of history especially with the World War II sites and also lots of great food. During the Saturday we were there, we went to the “Disney Castle” which is called Neuschwanstein castle. Think of the Sleeping Beauty castle and this is it! It was one of the most beautiful and breathtaking moments of my life. Below is a picture of myself and my friend from Illinois Nick Buege.  I know you all are wondering, but yes we did go to Hofbräuhaus, which is the site of Oktoberfest. To be honest, this place was the best social atmosphere I have ever seen. There is something to be said in such a setting, enjoying the evening, hanging out with your best friends, and don’t forget eating large German pretzels! This moment on my first trip will be constantly etched in my mind and it makes this trip one of my favorites.

    It was an unplanned excursion to Munich but it turned out to be one of my favorite trips I went on. I wasn’t sure if it was the people, the culture, Hofbräuhaus, or even the Disney Castle, but Munich was a trip I will always remember and it is at the top of the list of cities I want to go back. 

  • Hello!

    Hey Everyone! 

        My name is Ronald Lewis and I am a sophomore in the College of Business planning on double majoring in Accounting and Finance. I am originally from Westchester, Illinois where I previously attended St. Joseph high school. 

        I originally decided to pursue a double major because of my interest in Investment Banking. I believe with  2 majors in Accounting and Finance, it will better prepare myself to be a more competitive candidate in the long run. However, many people in the College of Business always reassure me that each person path is their own, so I am trying to make sure that the double major is something that I really want to do at this point. Nevertheless, I have plenty of time to decide whether I want to double major or not so I am currently just taking my time to make sure I make the right decision. 

        Some things I am involved in on campus are Business Council, which is an organization within the College of Business that helps connect student with companies, while also giving back to the community through philanthropic events, and Illinois Student Senate, which is the official student government at the University of Illinos.

         This past summer, I had an opportunity to work for PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Internal Firm Services (IFS) group in their Chicago office. It was a absolutely great experience as I was able to interact with so many professionals including managers and even partners of the firm. Right now I am unsure what I am going to do for next summer, but I am definitely looking forward to expanding my network and growing professionally. 

        If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email us at admissions@business.illinois.edu! 




  • It's Midterm Time!

                It’s that time of year, when all of your classes get a little bit more stressful because of midterm exams and project. This time of year always makes me think a lot about high school and how I studied back then.

                Most college exams are much different than high school, at least from what I have experienced these past two year. It’s not about being able to memorize information and then applying it. It’s about being able to fully understand topics regardless of the different ways a certain question may be asked, which makes things a little more complicated.

                However, don’t get me wrong. This time of year is not all that bad! Yes, most days consist of late nights studying, but you’re usually with a group of friends all helping each other succeed!

                This is a great example of how the College of Business is a great community. Every student here will succeed and get a great job when they graduate, so instead of being ultra competitive, students here prefer to help each other so everyone in the group does well together! This is a unique aspect of the College of Business that stood out to me when I was applying to schools.

                Although this is a very stressful time, it is great to know that I have a great group of friends and classmates who help each other get through it!

  • So…you want to know what it takes to get in here?

    It’s the question we get the most. It comes in multiple different forms. How can I get into the College of Business here? What does it take? What are you looking for in candidates? Everyone wants to know what exactly they have to do to get accepted into the College of Business. They want the formula. Well, here’s the bad news: there is no formula.

    What I can offer you are some honest insights straight from the Admissions Team: 

    • We take a completely holistic view, meaning we look at everything - grades, GPA, test scores, extracurricular activities, and evidence of leadership
    • There is no minimum GPA cutoff and there is no GPA that automatically gets you in
    • There is no minimum ACT/SAT score cutoff and there is no test score that automatically gets you in
    • We tend to weight grades more heavily than test scores. We believe strong grades show greater evidence of work ethic than a high test score.
    • We want to see that you are challenging yourself and taking AP/honors/advanced classes
    • Do not slack off senior year
    • We want to see that you are involved outside of the classroom, being a leader, and impacting your community 
    • Write strong applications essays. Write about something that makes you stand out and memorable

    I hope this helps! I would be lying if I said it is easy to get into the College of Business. It is competitive, but that doesn’t mean it is impossible. If you don’t try, the answer will always be no. I really didn’t think I would get in, but somehow I did. So have more confidence in yourself. Never count yourself out.


  • Study Abroad!!!

    The first post of many on my adventures studying abroad in Germany. 

  • Introduction

    Hello everyone! Welcome to my first blog. I would like to first introduce myself. My name is Eugenia Sosa, and I am a junior here at the College of Business pursuing a dual degree in Marketing and Finance. I am originally from Venezuela, but have lived in the United States for 11 years now. My family and I currently live in Naperville, a Chicago suburb.

    It’s hard to believe that this is my third year at the University of Illinois. I have enjoyed every minute of it! I had not always planned on pursuing a dual degree in Marketing and Finance. I always knew that I had an interest in Marketing, however my interest in Finance definitely came about from the many courses I took both freshman and early sophomore year. After much thought, I decided that Finance would be a great support to Marketing and would later open up many doors when searching for internships and full-time positions.

    This past summer I had the opportunity to intern at Deloitte in their Market Development Services group in the Chicago office. This was an opportunity I found through networking in my business fraternity, Phi Gamma Nu. Deloitte doesn’t recruit for that area specifically, so it really shows the value that networking can have. I was fortunate enough to receive an offer for next summer, so I am excited to be going back!

    As an undergraduate affairs student representative, I’m looking forward to meeting all of you prospective students! Please feel free to email us at admission@business.illinois.edu with any questions or comment below! 

  • Summer Was Great

    Sophomore year went by very fast. I wanted to get an internship to expend and use my knowledge. During my sophomore year I interviewed with different companies such as ITW, W.W. Grainger, ALDI and Kraft Foods and at the end of second year at U of I, I got an offer to work for Kraft Foods at their plant in Champaign, IL. I worked at Kraft in their production and distribution departments. One of my main tasks was to count inventory to make sure the inventory quantity was accurate. They had a lot of damaged products so I suggested to management to ask the person who damaged the product to take few minutes to fix it and not just to leave it at a corner of the warehouse. This helped the accuracy of the inventory and saved time in the long run. My summer was fun and productive. Networking was very crucial for me to get a paid internship at the end of my second year in college. I am looking forward to going to career fair next week to talk to more companies and to find additional opportunities for next summer.      

  • Registration!

    It's hard to believe that I just registered for senior year classes!  All incoming freshman will register for their Fall 2014 semester over the summer!  It's important to plan the best schedule you can, balanced with required business classes but also fun general education electives.  Registration is all done electronically now, and it is as easy as selecting a course by day/time or professor.  As an incoming freshman, there are business core requirements that you will complete over your time here.  They include: 2 introduction to accounting, 1 introduction to finance, 4 business administration courses and 5 economics courses.  You will complete these courses either through AP credits (or similar) and by registering for each of these classes throughout your 8 semesters here.  

    A typical incoming freshman schedule would include Micro/Macro economics, possible math class, a public speaking course, and any gen. ed electives that you choose!  There are always opportunities to balance your schedule with an interesting course.  Some of my favorites include Servere and Hazardous Weather, Medical Ethics, Introduction to American Indian Studies, to name a few.  Check out the University of Illinois' Course Catalog page ( Click here) to see all of the subjects and different courses offered within that particular subject.  Definitely check out the course catalog prior to coming to campus for registration this summer!

  • Spring Break!

    I’m sure school work is picking up and the frigid weather are making people antsy, but there’s one thing we can all look forward to… Spring Break!  Spring break, one of the best weeks of second semester allows students an opportunity to be free from schoolwork and classes.  While on campus, there are so many different opportunities to take an awesome trip.  The College of Business offers sponsored trips to locations all over the world.  You can travel to Panama and utilize business skills to help improve the lives of local Panamanians.  Faculty and students travel to Costa Rica where they address social and economic issues of sustainability.  The third spring break trip takes place in India where students teach marketplace literacy through this international experience.  There are so many different opportunities to travel to less common countries and immerse yourself within the local culture.  These trips provide an opportunity to study abroad as soon as freshman year!

    Once you become acclimated on campus, different organizations that you can be a member of also offer trips of their own.  My professional business fraternity takes an annual spring break trip to a different Habitat for Humanity location across the United States.  Last year the group traveled to New Orleans and worked building homes and local community centers.  There are so many different philanthropic opportunities to take advantage of, internationally or domestically. 

     For more information about short-term international trips through the College of Business, checkout the web page of trips that were offered this year!