Capture memories to make most of University experience


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Songs from various artists populate a playlist on Spotify. Creating playlists can be a good way to capture memories at college.

By Luis Velazquez, Assistant Daytime News Editor

Settling down at the University can be overwhelming, especially if you’re a new student arriving on campus or an international student coming to the country for the first time. You might be wondering what your experience will be like, due to the pandemic. In all honesty, only time will tell. However, that does not mean you should be scared or overthink your future as a student. Come to the University with a positive attitude and manifest what you would like to do. You will create a lot of good, and some not so good, memories here. There are different ways to capture them. Here are some of the things I’ve done the past four years.

Creating playlists:

If you’re obsessed with listening to music or are up to date with the latest charts, create playlists of your choice. Whatever streaming platform you prefer, such as Spotify or Apple Music, it will get the job done. If you find yourself listening to a song that reflects your situation or you’re just vibing to it, immediately add it to your playlist. Before arriving on campus, I was thinking of ways to record my journey at the University because I believe it is such a monumental chapter. Creating a playlist will give you the opportunity to reflect on what you went through at the end of your time at Illinois. So far, whenever I listen to a certain song in my playlists, I see the associated memories reappear. It is such a bittersweet feeling.


Setting time to reflect on your day or week can make a huge difference in how you’re feeling. Not only is it stress-relieving, but it also gives you the opportunity to look back and reflect on how you were as a person. You might not see it at first, but writing down your experiences will help you realize how far you’ve come.

Collecting items:

I originally attempted to start this my freshman year of college. However, I stopped due to not having a lot of items to collect. Put movie tickets, posters, stickers or anything else that you can think of with associated memories inside a box or storage container of your choice. I know a good amount of people who do this, and their boxes are already full.

You are about to embark, or continue, a new chapter of your life. Take your academics seriously and don’t slack off. However, put yourself first and do things that will help you and leave a positive mark on you. Memories are endless. Appreciate them!

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