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Why I’m glad I never had the “dorm experience”

Why I’m glad I never had the “dorm experience”

By Victoria Snell

February 24, 2015

I transferred from community college to the University as a sophomore. After I learned of my acceptance (much later than most) in the spring of my freshman year, I had to deal with declaring a major (I came in undeclared), tuition and, of course, housing. As if making a transition wasn’t scary enough, I was ...

Going random

Going random

February 24, 2015

When I committed to the University of Illinois, I was absolutely clueless coming from Louisville, Kentucky. The one pillar of comfort I was able to revel in was the fact that I was being set up with a roommate from the North Shore suburbs of Chicago, and hopefully she would feel comfortable enough t...

Energy-saving tips for apartment tenants

By Becky Nguyen

February 24, 2015

Cursed with a relentless combination of bitter, arctic winters and sweltering summers, University students who live in apartments have had their fair share of paying for hefty utility bills. Add to that dozens of electronics and appliances that constantly consume energy, and some students may find th...

Q&A with PAR BSW employee, Carrie Darsham

Q&A with PAR BSW employee, Carrie Darsham

By Hanadi Abunaim

February 24, 2015

Residents at Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Hall may recognize this friendly face walking in the halls of Blaisdell and Saunders. But, make no mistake, she is not a resident. The Daily Illini got a chance to speak with Building Service Worker Carrie Darsham, to get a sense of what it is like to work in ...

A FAR-out time

A FAR-out time

February 24, 2015

One of the most anticipated moments of my summer before college was receiving my housing assignment from the University. I was hoping to get somewhere in Ikenberry Commons because of its social aspect, and my second choice was Allen Hall, because it seemed artsy and cool. At the time, I felt pretty co...

Dorm life turns strangers to family

Dorm life turns strangers to family

February 24, 2015

Stepping into the doors of Allen Hall on Aug. 19, I had no idea what to expect. For the first time in my life I would be living alone. With no one to tell me to do my work or to come home, it was just me, myself and I. This of course is 10 times more exciting than it is scary. Freedom is liberating, an...

Extra space can be nice, but not the most important thing

Extra space can be nice, but not the most important thing

February 24, 2015

Last year, I lived at Presby Hall, a private dorm on campus, and to say I had a lot of space would be an understatement. Presby is a suite-style dorm with the best amenities on campus. I shared a suite with five girls that included a living room, balcony, kitchen, a washer and dryer, two bathrooms an...

Leave judgment at the doormat

Leave judgment at the doormat

February 24, 2015

Let’s be honest. There seems to be a certain kind of taboo surrounding college couples that decide to live together. Not only could your relationship spontaneously combust the moment you sign the lease, but many students would also agree that your time would have been better spent getting to know ...

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