Welcome to Grad Life. With over 10,000 graduate students on the Urbana Campus, there are as many narratives to the University of Illinois Grad experience as there are individuals. Our grads hail from all corners of the world and are researching, studying, and teaching to try to solve some of the toughest problems of our time. Whether you’re attending classes in person or online, pursuing a Master’s degree or a PhD - this is a place to share and shape your graduate school experience.
Here, you’ll find a behind the scenes look at graduate life at the university including perspectives from your peers, tips and tricks from experts to make the most of your graduate experience, and exclusive information about events and opportunities through the Graduate College.
You can expect fresh content delivered every other week from a variety of voices on campus. We’ll officially roll out this blog at the beginning of the 2015 Fall semester. Check back in August or subscribe to the blog to receive updates as new posts go live.
In the meantime, here’s a few ways you can expect to interact with Grad Life:
- Read a post and love it? Check out our Contributors tab to read a bit about the author and to browse all of the content they’ve contributed to Grad Life.
- Interested in a particular topic? Browse by category to get the rundown on career development, research opportunities, Grad College events, day-in-the-life profiles, and more. You can find the categories on the left-hand sidebar.
- Want to provide feedback? Talk to us in the comments section of each post or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter (@GradLifeIL).
- Have an idea for a story? We’d love to hear it! We are always trying to ensure that Grad Life is as inclusive and representative as possible.
Thanks for following along, we’re so glad you’re here.
- The Grad Life Team
Grad Life is sponsored by the Graduate College at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to providing administrative support for 10,000 graduate students from admission to thesis/dissertation deposit, our staff includes experts that can help you secure prestigious grants, plan for academic and non-academic careers, and connect you to established support networks on campus.
Caitlin Edwards is the Communications Specialist at the Graduate College. She's currently pursuing a Master's of Science degree in Tourism Management at the university. Her research focuses on sustainable community development through tourism and in her free time, you can find her traveling, cooking, and exploring with her handsome pug, Torbin.