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What my mom wishes she knew before I came to college

By Pari Apostolakos, Managing Editor for Reporting

May 24, 2019

Going to college is nerve-wracking for tons of reasons and not only for students. My parents were just as nervous – if not more – than I was when first coming to the University in the fall of 2017. But, lucky for you, they’ve learned a thing or two since then, and I’m going to share a few of t...

Send your student gifts to let them know you’re there

Send your student gifts to let them know you’re there

By Lucas Oswald, Opinions Editor

May 24, 2019

Everyone knows college can be draining, mentally and physically. There’s no better pick-me-up, however, than a package from home. It’s always nice to know people at home are thinking about us and rooting for our success. Receiving anything at all is wonderful, but the following seven items will reall...

Make late-night cravings a healthier choice

By Therese Pokorney, Features Editor

May 24, 2019

Being in college allows students to have their first taste of freedom away from parents and (almost) living like an adult. Living on your own also means making decisions about what you should and shouldn’t eat, and sometimes late-night cravings can get the best of you. However, when you really want s...

RSOs provide valuable experiential learning

By Sidney Madden, Longform Editor and Assistant Features Editor

May 24, 2019

I am a self-proclaimed compulsive over-joiner. I say I’m “interested” in more Facebook events than I could ever go to. If I see a bulletin board, I have to stop to take pictures of flyers that will inevitably get lost in the cloud. You can imagine my overstimulation at Quad Day, where I join dozen...

Stay healthy to avoid ‘freshman 15’

By Samantha Roberson, Social Media Director

May 24, 2019

Everyone’s college experience is different. Some students gain 20 pounds while other lose it. So why is the “freshman 15” still a popular myth we’re constantly warned about at graduation parties? It is easy to gain weight in college. Many late nights are spent studying, a lot of times with g...

Study in best places on campus

By Natalie Stanowski, Assistant Special Sections Editor

May 24, 2019

You’ve just moved in to your dorm room and set up your desk just the way you like it. You’ve got brand-new school supplies, a stack of crisp unopened paper and a roommate who has been on the phone for the last half-hour. Studying in you dorm room is one of the least productive places to work. With...

Find places to satisfy your caffeine addiction

May 24, 2019

Like most college students, my day doesn’t start until I have my first sip of morning coffee. Regardless of how my day is going, a cup of coffee never fails to make things better. Giving me productivity and positivity, coffee in any form has become an essential component of my college experience. If...

Don’t be afraid of making big changes

Don’t be afraid of making big changes

By Elizabeth Sayasane, Assistant Features Editor

May 24, 2019

When I came to campus as a freshman, I was confident I would major in biochemistry. I would learn to live with my randomly assigned roommate at ISR, and the group of friends I made those first few weeks would be my friends for the next four years. A part of the way through first semester, though, I realized how...

Take some time to escape campus

By Katie Powers, buzz editor

May 24, 2019

The offerings of the University of Illinois campus are endless. There are so many clubs to join, unique classes to explore, new friends to make and special events to attend. But sometimes, campus life can also feel overwhelming. The days move by quickly, and while campus offers so many opportunitie...

Make new friends in college easily

By Ava Traverso, Special sections Editor

May 24, 2019

One of the most stressful parts of coming into college as a freshman is the process of making new friends. This is probably one of the first times in your life you’ve had a completely fresh start, and it’s completely rational to be nervous. Unless you ended up going to the same school as your high...

Staying in touch with home friends

By Kelly Johnson, Editor-in-Chief

May 21, 2019

Even if you’ve literally been best friends since you were in diapers, when you get to college you will really need to work at keeping in touch with your home friends to make those friendships last. Don’t panic. College doesn’t have to signify the end of your home friendships. I won’t lie to...

Remind your student to take care of themselves

By Kelly Johnson, Editor-in-Chief

May 21, 2019

As you leave your student here on campus, there will be millions of things you’ll want to tell them before you leave. You’ll think of a list of things to remind them about so when you leave their clothes still get washed and they get good grades, eat healthy and still make some friends. You don’t...

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