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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

Seniors should cherish last days on campus

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...

Insurance for getting year-ended

Insurance for getting year-ended

By Yoav Margalit, Staff Writer

April 29, 2019

For those of us shackled by the academic life (whether by choice or not), the end of the spring semester heralds a time of quiet contemplation, solitary introspection and gibbering panic. With regards to that last element of the incoming summer season, here’s some advice for all the poor undergraduate...

Is it worth graduating early?

Is it worth graduating early?

By Sonal Singh, Staff Writer

April 29, 2019

With the cost of attending college and other expenses constantly increasing, graduating even a semester earlier could mean saving a lot of money. But is it really worth finishing early? Here are some pros and cons to consider before making such an important decision. If you graduate early by a year or a semeste...

Look forward to what comes next

Look forward to what comes next

By Ava Traverso, Special Sections Editor

April 29, 2019

So, you’ve finally done it. You’re here. It’s your graduation, the testament to all the hard work you’ve put in over the past four years. The caffeine fueled study binges at the Undergraduate Library, late nights at Red Lion and the days spent on the Main Quad have all culminated to this point. ...

Seniors reflect on college experiences

Seniors reflect on college experiences

By Shubhangi Joshi, Contributing Writer

April 29, 2019

For the class of 2019, graduation is a time for reflection. Their experiences, struggles, triumphs and failures have made them into the people they are now and equipped them with knowledge to tackle the future. For Thilinie Bandara and Rachit Singhvi, the steep learning curve brought on by the challe...

Graduation speaker to tell grads to find their ‘why’

Graduation speaker to tell grads to find their ‘why’

By Sidney Madden, Longform Editor and Assistant Features Editor

April 29, 2019

In 1984, Larry Gies was a small-town boy from Mendota, Illinois, and a freshman at the University. When his introductory writing professor returned their first essay to his classmates, Gies watched his peers’ faces drop as they received scores of C’s and D’s on the assignment and because he didn...

Dissecting graduation’s many rituals

Dissecting graduation’s many rituals

By Zack Fishman, Staff Writer

April 29, 2019

A new class of Illinois seniors will soon be congregating at Memorial Stadium to participate in commencement, a celebration of their collegiate achievements. However, the ceremony will look, sound and function almost identically to every other college graduation in the country. Graduation ceremonies...

Oh, the places you’ll go … to take graduation photos

Oh, the places you’ll go … to take graduation photos

By Ava Traverso, Special Sections Editor

April 29, 2019

As graduation gets closer by the minute, it’s time to prepare for the annual social spamming of cap and gown photos. With most of your family members wanting a picture of you in your regalia, taking a good picture to give to them can be stressful. Every campus has iconic spots to take graduation pictu...

The creation mythos of graduation

The creation mythos of graduation

By Yoav Margalit, Staff Writer

April 29, 2019

In the beginning, there was nothing. But the University wanted to teach people and make money. It saw it could not make money without tuition, so the University created the student. And the student paid way too much, and the University saw this was good. But the University saw the student had becom...

Seniors return to University for round two

Seniors return to University for round two

By Zack Fishman, Staff Writer

April 30, 2018

The University will say goodbye to its seniors this May, but some are coming back next fall. Each year, about 10 percent of the graduating class returns to the Champaign-Urbana area to attend graduate school, comprising one-third of all grad-bound seniors. These long-term Illini make up 1 in 6 graduat...

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