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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

Indian School of Business students throw their caps after the graduation ceremony in Hyderabad, India. Special sections editor Ava urges graduates to be optimistic about the future.

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’

The Gies College of Business is decked out to celebrate the generous donation from the Gies Family at the Business Instructional Facility on Oct. 26. The Gies College of Business is among one of the many colleges within the University to introduce a new program for future students.

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

The Alma Mater statue is located on the corner of Wright and Green streets and is the site for many memorable 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...

Major improvements, mistakes and changes

Major improvements, mistakes and changes

By Yoav Margalit, Staff Writer

April 30, 2018

Choosing your major is a statement of identity. It means standing tall and telling the world, “This is who I am, this is what I’m good at and this is what I’m going to do.” Going to college and being asked to make that choice is daunting. It is left to the students to make the best choice they c...

Small steps lead to big decisions

T pain is lit

By Arden Youn, Staff Writer

April 30, 2018

We don’t often realize that the little decisions we make are actually big ones until we look back and reflect on the time passed. Graduating seniors at the University reflect on how a decision, whether it seemed large or small at the time, affected their college careers. The most obvious decision would be declaring...

Advice from early graduates

Advice from early graduates

By Julie Kang, Staff Writer

April 30, 2018

With the semester coming to an end, the class of 2018 is mentally preparing for the big day: graduation. However, not all students graduating this spring are students who have been here for four years. There are students among them who have finished their required credits in less than the usual eight s...

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