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To the class of 2020: We’re all in this together

To the class of 2020: We're all in this together

By Shivali Shukla, Assistant Special Sections Editor

May 7, 2020

About fifteen years ago, I heard my grandfather tell my parents, "Yesterday is history, and tomorrow is a mystery." It stuck in my mind; not because I thought it was wise or even because I knew what it meant, 6-year-old Shivali remembered it because it rhymed. Fast-forward to one month ago when I heard a...

Future alumni must continue to bleed orange, blue

Graduating students wait to walk across the stage and receive their diplomas during commencement in 2018 at Memorial Stadium.

By Shalini Atluri, Staff Writer

May 7, 2020

With graduation fast approaching, the next class of graduates will soon be alumni. Once college ends, friends are often separated by job offers or graduate schools in different locations. Despite this, being a part of this University does not have to be a distant memory of the past. College friendship...

Cherish your last semester as an Illini

Two college students make the most of quarantine by tossing a basketball back and forth through open windows on April 18, 2020 in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania.

By Sonal Singh, Staff Writer

May 7, 2020

Within the past month, so many things have happened. We’ve all been forced to evolve and come up with new ways to continue our education while trying our best to stay safe. Although online instruction is one of the best solutions, it takes away a big part of our college experience, such as spending t...

Graduates leave campus behind: Oh, the places you’ll miss!

Aerial of The University of Illinois' Main Quadrangle.

By Haley Bickelhaupt, Staff Writer

May 7, 2020

With midterms over and exams quickly approaching, many seniors are being hit with the realization that the school year is almost over. A wide and unique establishment, The University of Illinois is home to many iconic places. After graduation, seniors will leave behind this campus and all its wonders ...

Been there, done that: Complete your Illini bucket list

Jarod Fox, a senior in LAS, plays on the clavier in celebration of Spooky Chimes for Halloween in Altgeld Hall, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019.

By Shivali Shukla, Assistant Special Sections Editor

May 7, 2020

By the time senior year rolls around, you might find yourself bored of frequenting the same restaurants, the same bars, seeing the same scenery on your walk to class and seeing a familiar face no matter what side of campus you’re on. Nothing feels new to you. You don’t need Google Maps to find that o...

Struggling seniors: do not be afraid to ask for help

A graphic of the Local Crisis Line with phone number attached. Counselors are available at all times if you need help.

By Meghan Lyons, Special Sections Editor

May 7, 2020

The last semester of your college experience is a special time to cherish your final moments left on campus and to spend time with those friends whom you may not see after college. When your final semester is snatched away from you, it is hard to remain positive. As a senior, you are probably questi...

Remain festive despite quarantine blues

A college senior poses for a photo outside of her home on May 2, 2020.

By Bella Keys, Staff Writer

May 7, 2020

It’s senior year, and graduation is canceled. Diplomas are being mailed out, and your final goodbyes are left up to your imagination. This is a waking nightmare for many, especially since many of their friends are moving to different parts of the country after this year. Although this may be the case, ...

Ceremony or no ceremony: Class of 2020 did that

A college graduate throws a hand in the air to celebrate their most recent accomplishment.

By Meghan Lyons, Special Sections Editor

May 7, 2020

Somewhere, in a different realm, there is a buzzing campus in central Illinois. It’s graduation day for the class of 2020 at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. The weather is beautiful: spring is really here, there is nothing in the sky but a cyan-blue hue. As you make your way to...

Backpack through Europe from the comfort of your home

Graduate student Xuehui (Alice) Chao works the virtual reality system for ANTH 399, currently in development, in Davenport Hall on Sep. 19, 2018.

May 7, 2020

A lot of you are probably finalizing plans for backpacking trips through Europe or other exotic countries after graduation. In anticipation of these exciting experiences, I thought as someone with extensive knowledge in this area I would share a few affordable items that will make a world of a differen...

Manage your transition from college to workforce

Manage your transition from college to workforce

By Natalie Stanowski, Assistant Special Sections Editor

April 29, 2019

After four or five years, the time has finally come to move out on your own and start your life as an adult. But the transition from college to real adult life is not that easy. In an effort to help you better navigate the transition, here are a few words of advice for those of you entering the work...

DI’s De-classified Graduation Survival Guide

DI’s De-classified Graduation Survival Guide

By Natalie Stanowski, Assistant Special Sections Editor

April 29, 2019

Finally after what seems like forever, you’re about to walk across the finish line — stage. You’ve got the gown you’re renting out for an arm and a leg and the relatives you’ve never heard of all have their tickets ready; all that’s left is Commencement Day. Here’s some advice to make the b...

Seniors should cherish last days on campus

As graduation approaches, make sure to enjoy your last weeks as an Illini.

By Bella Keys, Staff Writer

April 29, 2019

The sun has started to shine on the Main Quad, there is now a warm breeze that brushes through your hair and the days of heavy winter coats are no more. Finally, we are entering the time of year when motivation wanes as the spring sunlight sinks into our skin. For seniors, the incentive to do homework is...

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