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4 College Student

Majors: I am extremely happly with my Food Science Magor. I have enjoyed all the classes I have taken so far. If I could do it all over again, I would have taken more college courses during highschool. I am focus and hope to stay on track and get my degree. The field I choose has a variety of jobs.

4 College Student

Majors: I have not had the opportunity to complete an internship. I have been applying but have not been able to get an internsip as of today. I am interested in completing an internship in my field of study.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus living is a great experience no matter what dorm one picks. There are great resources, ranging from housing to academics to future career. You are exposed to students like yourself striving to make the best out of their education. There is a time to socialize, study, and it is very safe on campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I thoroughly enjoyed the media studies aspect of my program. I loved the group discussions and textbook content. The cinema studies program took time to grow on me because I'm more interested in making films rather than just watching and studying them, but now that I'm older I appreciate the ground work it laid out for me as a filmmaker. The cinema studies program tells you almost everything you need to know and take note of even as a filmmaker. You get an opportunity to study the "greats" and see alternative styles of filmmaking, you learn about the importance of how you frame shots and what you put within the frame (mise-en-scene, one the most important words in Cinema Studies).

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: If you're a Cinema and Media Studies major more interested in the art of making Cinema this is not the right choice. While their course do give you a great base to start understanding and watching film from, you only get any "hands-on" experience from one class and an RSO. Now if you're more into the study of media and understanding the subliminal messages of contemporary media, you will LOVE this program, especially as get into the more content specific classes. The professors aren't too serious for the most part and generally have an interest in your views and opinions not just teaching you what someone else said. If you like discussing your views and opinions there is plenty of that.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Frankly, it depends on your major. Engineering, science and business students have it the best and the hardest. Their course loads get pretty heavy, I've seen many a student sweating bullets about how to get everything done in time. Some of the science and engineering professors I've been told can be kind of cold at times. For communication and cinema and media studies majors, mostly every professor I had was great about answering questions and more than willing to help you out. The coarse load varies from class to class. Of couse the higher up 400+ level course being more intense. With the larger general classes you should probably just pray you have a really cool TA (teaching assistant) because they do a lot of the grading and may try and help you out if you have a good relationship with them.

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: If you're over 21 you'll love it, even if you aren't a crazy partier there is something for everyone. If you're not the crazy party type there are some great places in downtown Urbana that have a more chill, mature atmosphere. If you're under 21

4 College Freshman

Majors: Getting into liberal arts and sciences college was not difficult at all and neither was declaring a biology major. I do know that other colleges, like business, are harder to get into.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is a lot of oppurtunity to live off campus but of course some are better and more expensive than others. What you should keep in mind is location because being close to campus is usually an advantage and the apartments tend to be cheaper. Although I don't own a car I know that parking can get expensive. There are plenty of apartments available and therefore it is easy to find one that suits you. It is also east to go around and view them.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm happy with my program because it helped me realize what field I want to go in which is nursing. If I hadn't been in the program I am in now I would not know much about the sciences and I would've missed out on the oppurtunity of realizing a potential lifetime career. Also being in the program allows me to meet other people with my same career goals and therefore it helps with networking.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Although the workload for the biology majors, there are a lot of resources available to you so that you can make the best of your time at school. There are always things to get involved in so that you can add to your resume.

3 College Junior

Majors: I have chosen to focus on industrial-organizational psychology/human resources as a psychology major, so there are always a variety of human resources internships available if the right effort is made to find them. There are both paid and unpaid ones (I've had both) and the commitment for me was just over the summer (June-mid August). Although I was lucky enough to have these internships, it is very important for psychology majors to demonstrate experience outside of the classroom (such as in student organizations) and leadership roles, because business majors also apply for human resources internships.

4 College Junior

Majors: I'm in the Psychology program and I'm satisfied with it so far. There are a variety of psychology classes taught by renowned professors who are experts in their field. However, I believe that the overall requirements for being a psychology major here are a bit too lenient for my taste. I would prefer for there to be a requirement in which students must choose an area of concentration or at least have to come up with a plan of related psychology classes.
Additionally, I am part of the Counseling Center Paraprofessional program within the department. It is an incredible opportunity to gain a completely different experience than what would be expected in such a large university. With class sizes of only 20, and a commitment of at least three semesters, students are enabled to expand their individual helping skills and public speaking skills through interactive classes and facilitating workshops.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: there are a lot of student activities that students can get involved in. There are lots of opportunities to meet new friends and become involved on campus by joining clubs or by doing some activities. It's not all about studying, it's also about making connections with other people.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am in the college of liberal arts and sciences for chemistry. I enjoy the college. The workload can be a bit challenging, but it takes dedication and time to get good grades in any college. There are a lot of opportunities for students to receive help if they need it.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are parties a lot over the weekends. Everything is pretty close and the buses run all the time, so it is easy to meet friends.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather has its ups and downs, and walking in the rain and snow is somewhat troublesome from the dorms. Usually in the summer the weather is hot and humid, but there are really nice days when students hang out on the quad to enjoy the weather

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Pretty decent daily variety, but after about a semester the menu rotation gets old. It's kind of annoying that the dining halls aren't open all day like on some campuses. I've heard it's also very good for vegans/vegetarians. The food itself is pretty good. Miles and miles better than high school cafeteria food, and probably on par or slightly subpar to what you could cook for yourself.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Speaking AS A PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR - I have no idea what engineering/business/whatever is like. Profs are all very smart and enthusiastic, and mostly engaging. The good outweighs the bad. However, if you are someone who learns best by having lots of one-on-one interaction with teachers, or lots of interaction with classmates, I'd look at a different school. You can get it, it just takes time and persistence. Workload isn't bad if you're not doing the biology/chemistry-heavy kind of psych. Classes can fill up pretty quick, and the registration website is a minor annoyance.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of options, some restaurants are pricey but you can find cheap ones. There are lots of online coupons. Know what food places are open past 11pm - it comes in handy.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: If you're a sports fan you can easily fit in, the area is very big into the football and basketball teams. If you couldn't care less, you can easily ignore it depending on where you choose to live.

3 College Senior

Parking: You must pay for a parking spot, weather you rent it from a company or pay for a meter on the street. It is very hard to find free parking on campus.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: It is never a good idea to walk alone at night. While some students may walk alone and never be approached by someone, many times students will walk alone and be robbed or assaulted. I think the campus police try to prevent this but it is up to you to be smart at night. I don't feel like there is danger surrounding me but it is a good idea to always be aware of your surroundings.

4 College Senior

Majors: I am in the College of Applied Health Sciences in the major of Kinesiology. I have loved my experience thus far. All of the Kinesiology professors are very knowledgeable and willing to help and answer questions. There are many opportunities to get involved with the college as well as research.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The bus system runs often and has routes all over campus. Amtrak and greyhound are in a central location a couple miles from campus. You can live without a car easily. And there is a free taxi service called safe rides that will provide point to point rides during off hours.

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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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