blog postsOrange KrushDec 3, 2013 1:03 pm75 views Returning to campus after fall break is such a bittersweet feeling. I was sad to leave a home full of great food and better family, but I am excited to get back to campus and end a great semester! There is however one thing that excites me more than anything about returning to campus and that is Illinois basketball. Coach Groce and the Illini are currently undefeated and everyone on campus is very excited about how our team has been playing so far! This year, I am a member of the basketball student cheering section, Orange Krush. As a member of Orange Krush, I have the opportunity to sit right next to the court every single game. Never have I experienced such an exciting atmosphere as when I had the opportunity to sit courtside while Illinois played 18th ranked Gonzaga my freshman year. If you are a basketball fan of any sorts, I recommend becoming a part of Orange Krush when you get to campus! Orange Krush is a student led organization that not only cheers at every basketball game, but also has the opportunity to give back to the community around us with grants and donations going to many local charities. This past year, the Orange Krush Foundation donated approximately $150,000 to the University and 61 charities. Many other College of Business students like me are involved with business organizations but are also involved in the Orange Krush Foundation as well. Joining Orange Krush is not only a great way to support our university, but also a great way to meet other students from around campus. Waiting for the game to start! I had to share the view with this guy for the entire game! The Calm Before The StormDec 2, 2013 11:25 am36 views I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of family, good food, and gratefulness. I think that this Thanksgiving was surrounded by a very unique time – with the typhoon in the Philippines and the destruction from the tornadoes right here in central Illinois. Those extremely devastating situations were a blatant reminder of just how much I have to be thankful for while people across the world and also right next door are suffering from such great loss. Sometimes I think it’s healthy to step back from our lives and truly reflect on everything we have been blessed with. I am glad that we have a national holiday for that here in the United States, but I wish that it could be more of a lifestyle – spending time each day being thankful for all that we have. Our entire week of Thanksgiving break was very rejuvenating and came at the perfect time. I spent a lot of time lounging around watching movies, reading, cooking, baking, and spending quality time with family. Now it’s Monday and we are back at school and are already crazy. We have a week and a half left of classes and then comes finals week. This time leading up to finals is full of last exams, big presentations, group projects, and lots more. Thanksgiving break was definitely what you can call “the calm before the storm.” The good news is that there is a light at the end of the tunnel! In just three weeks we will be home for a month of winter break and finished with first semester…and then will come even more lounging around and watching movies and family time. During these next few weeks when I am busy and stressed, I am going to do my best to remember how much I have to be thankful for – especially the opportunity to go to such a wonderful university.