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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Something that bothers me greatly about attending this school is that everywhere I go, girls and boys that take part in Greek life, which appear to be a majority though I know it is not, seem to dress extremely similar to each other. Every girl you see walking around campus is wearing black leggings or yoga pants and some over-sized top with they Greek letters largely displayed somewhere on it. Their outfits also include some type of tall leather boot, a leather purse, and occasionally a baseball cap with their Greek letters on it as well. I have nothing against this style and it is great that these girls proudly wear their letters, however, I feel that constantly wearing these outfits diminishes their own sense of style and individuality. Instead of standing out or expressing themselves through their outfits, they are conforming to a large group. The boys on this campus who participate in Greek life do this as well. They can usually be found wearing khaki or some pastel colored shorts, NOT cargo pants (because that is something to be looked down upon here for some reason?), a "bro tank" that often includes their fraternity letters, sunglasses, and even sunglasses straps that dangle around their neck. People can dress however they want and I am not judgmental of that, I just do not understand how the same people can wear the same things day after day. How can you possibly wear Greek letters on your clothing every single day that you will never truly know the meaning of in a language you do not speak?

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3 College Junior

Weather: The weather here is always so extreme! It is either disgustingly humid and hot outside, or it is bitter cold; both of which make walking to class unbearable. The flat Illinois land does absolutely nothing to block the wind on cold days, but is welcomed with open arms on hot, sunny days. On the rare occasions the weather is agreeable, I find the campus to be buzzing. Everyone just seems to be in an overall better mood and appear to utilize all of the beautiful outdoor spots this campus has to offer, like the main Quad. I rated our weather a solid B because sometimes I absolutely love it, and other times, I do not even want to consider walking to classes.

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4 College Junior

Academics: I'm in the college of Liberal Arts and Sciences, earning a degree in psychology. I gave it a grade of an A- because I feel that it has much to offer, but there are still a few minor issues I have with it. The requirements for Psychology allow you to explore many depths of the field, but even within that selection, I feel somewhat restricted. Psychology requires you to take different classes within these predetermined categories for each "difficulty" level, but does not include ALL of the courses that are offered for psychology. credit. While you can receive LAS credit for these classes, they do not contribute to your psychology graduation requirements. I feel that this is unfair. If the class is offered and is considered a psychology course, then it should count towards requirements. I have explored some of these different classes and have really enjoyed them, much more than the core classes that are required. Overall, however, the workload within every class is about the same. Some require more outside of class work than others, but none of it is unreasonable. There are also tons of job fairs offered for psychology majors and our advisers send constant emails telling of different opportunities. I find this to be extremely helpful and I am always appreciative of the extra help.

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: All of the dining halls are easily accessible, so if you get tired of eating at one place, you can easily switch it up and visit another hall.

UIUC has the option to purchase a combination of classic meals in the dining hall, and credits -- basically dollars to use in various convenience-store-style areas in the dorms. I got a lot of free food from extracurricular events or I simply would not get to the dining hall for all 3 meals of the day, so I think getting a balanced number of classic meals and credits is a good choice in general. I also had many friends rush to use their many credits before the credits roll over.

On the flip side, having a lot of credits might actually be a plus if you're treating friends dining hall meals a lot of purchasing a lot of coffee/water/snacks/etc with your credits.

In my case, I had the 12/15 plan (12 classic meals and 15 credits per week, rolls over but will not go over 30 credits at a given week). I thought the number of meals was okay, but I was always struggling to save my credits so that I would have enough to treat 1 or 2 friends every other week to dorm food. I easily would have used a lot more credits because I am a heavy coffee drinker, and they serve decent coffee drinks in the credit stores.

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3 College Junior

Computers: There are a fair amount of computers at UIUC, and most are good quality. Wireless access is good. There aren't as many labs as there could be, and they're often pretty crowded. Sometimes a lot of the computers are down and/or won't allow anyone to log in, and late at night there is not always someone there to fix it (which is TOTALLY understandable, but a bit of a drawback when you need one). What's more, certain programs that many students need (like basic statistical programming) are only found in certain places and tend to be a little harder to come by, especially during midterms & finals. Printing on campus is very expensive. It might make more sense to have your own computer and printer if at all possible.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Honestly, I had minimal problems. I got financial aid, I didn't have any problems with my paperwork, and I was able to get a work-study job as a graduate student. However, the one issue I have is that loans are disbursed VERY shortly before school starts, sometimes 3 days before classes begin, which makes it very difficult for students who don't have a lot of resources to get things in order in a timely fashion. I often find myself scrambling to get books and payments in before classes start. Other than that, I haven't had any issues.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a very large population of Asians here - primarily Chinese and Koreans. I've also met a pretty good number of people from other foreign and non-Asian countries as well though (generally from the continent of Africa).

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: If you're accustomed to Illinois winters, it's really not so bad. The temperature is pleasant into late October and nice again around March. It's somewhat warmer than what I'm used to in Chicago so that's a plus! There is snow but not tons, classes are rarely cancelled. It can definitely get icy and rainy during the winter so come prepared!

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants are fairly diverse and give you the opportunity to branch out in your tastes. In downtown Champaign some excellent ones are Kofusion (sushi), Radio Maria (tapas bar), and Tequila (Mexican food and tequila bar) among others. The food in Campus town is also delicious! Papa Del's pizza is a must try and a U of I staple! There are of course many restaurants like Chipotle, Panera, Noodles and Co, Subway, Jimmy Johns and others like that if you don't feel like trying something new!

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Emily Thiersch
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One might expect some tentative and even negative opinions about any school, but this is truly not the case here at U of I. Students are proud of U of I’s history, proud of is academic accomplishments, proud of the social opportunities it offers, and, most of all, they are proud to be alumni. For so many students to view their choice to come here as an unequivocally good one is a fantastic testament to the University’s strength.

Of course students here have plenty to complain about—the weather, the parking, the Greek social scene, the rural location. But all things considered, the positive points of the U of I experience tipped the scale—the University’s academic excellency, the safety, the social atmosphere, the athletic tradition, the city’s excellent transportation system. Some students admitted that they had a hard time adjusting, that they occasionally wished they had made another decision—but in the end, they were all happy to be here. The most encouraging fact was that so many people mentioned that they were leaving as better people, more knowledgeable, eclectic, and better equipped to navigate through life. University of Illinois students do not just leave with a piece of paper in their hands, they leave with a wealth of experience that is not easily rivaled—and, for in-staters, without enormous debt burdens to face when they graduate.

 

 

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