blog postsWelcome Back!Jan 19, 2017 3:45 pm14 views Welcome back, Illini! As much as I enjoy a break from school, there's nothing quite like coming back to campus and seeing everyone that you missed over the previous four weeks. The College of Business hit the ground running this semester, with many of its Registered Student Organizations having their Information Nights throughout the first week. From professional business fraternities to Enactus to everything in between, there is so much to get involved in within the College of Business alone. Current students - check out all these information nights. Prospective students - take a look into what these business organizations are like! These organizations cover almost every area of business that you're interested in, from Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations to Investment Banking Academy. They help you grow professionally while also giving you life-long friends and mentors. Even with the freezing rain and January weather, there is nowhere else I would rather be than back on UIUC's campus. Here's to a great semester, everyone!Prepare for the FutureOct 25, 2016 12:45 pm11 views The University of Illinois College of Business would like to thank the Deloitte Foundation for providing us with an exceptional gift: the University of Illinois-Deloitte Foundation Center for Business Analytics. Through Deloitte's $5 million donation, students will have the ability to be trained by highly specialized faculty in the areas of business and data analytics. These two areas hold the future of business, allowing companies to see how to better themselves financially and operationally. As a student, I can't contain my excitement. I constantly look for ways to better understand business analytics, and with the generosity of Deloitte, this opportunity will now fall right into my lap. Upon graduation, I will not only be prepared to excel at my job, but with this background of business analytics, I have the technology background and capacity to adjust for the future. I'm no longer ready for my career; I'm ready for the future of business.Goodbye! Adios! Au Revoir!Sep 26, 2016 10:15 am11 views At the College of Business, we understand that four years of college do not only entail academics or on campus involvement. College is a time for students to expand their boundaries and push themselves to find their capabilities. Therefore, we strongly encourage students to have an international experience during their time here. In fact, approximately 60% of College of Business students do! Last week, the college was abuzz with students receiving their acceptances for next semester's abroad programs. Through our semester-long programs across three contentients and 16 cities, there is an opportunity for everyone. In fact, a record-setting 209 students received offers to these programs! Not only is it possible to go abroad while in the College of Business, we promote it. Therefore, even if a semester-long opportunity isn't for you, we have plenty of short-term opportunities as well, from spring break to winter, and even summer as well! These trips range from Vietnam to Dubai, New Zealand to Dublin, and many places in between. We wish the best of luck to these students embarking on a new adventure next semester and can't wait to hear their experiences!Career FairSep 12, 2016 9:45 am20 views The countdown to the 2016 Business Career Fair is dwindling down: 2 days! This means that the ARC will be full of companies and recruiters looking to hire College of Business students. Thankfully, we have Business Career Services at the ready with resume reviews, mock interviews, and Career Fair prep workshops! Make sure to utilize these resources, as BCS knows exactly what direction to lead you. They ensure that no student will go into the fair unprepared. Dry clean your suit, brush your teeth, and comb your hair. Companies want to hire you, so let's show them your College of Business talent!Illini PrideNov 17, 2015 11:00 am38 views One of the greatest things about being an Illini is the sense of pride that accompanies our BIG 10 athletics. The support that our students display for the 21 men and women’s NCAA sports is unmatched across the nation, and the Illinois culture of drive and achievement is evident in its translation to all university athletic programs. The organization that inspires much of our school spirit is Illini Pride. My experience in being a part of Illini Pride has led to some of my favorite memories on campus, especially as a member of the Orange Krush, which is recognized as one of the greatest fan bases in the country that also strives to make a positive impact in the community. Cheering on our nationally ranked volleyball team is incredibly exciting, and seeing the buzzer-beater win over Missouri during last year’s men’s basketball season is an experience I will never forget. As we approach the height of winter sports, I am looking forward to some great seasons from various Illini teams. Whether the sport that sparks your Illini pride is basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, or all of the above, our athletic programs provide an outlet for every student to express the passion we all share for the University of Illinois!Calling All Women Interested in Business!Nov 13, 2015 1:15 pm70 views Women today are playing an increasingly large role in shaping the future of a traditionally male-dominated world of business. Everyday women are assuming new roles as leaders and innovators within the most successful and renowned companies and corporations. The University of Illinois College of Business wants to be a part of your journey to success in business. In just a few short weeks, the College of Business will host its annual Future of Women in Business Conference in Chicago. At the event, prospective business students will have the opportunity to engage in fun activities, listen to inspiring speakers, and network with current students in order to learn about life as a University of Illinois College of Business student. We are excited to meet you and hope to see you there! Class RegistrationNov 5, 2015 12:00 pm74 views Fall semester has gone by too fast and I can’t believe I am registering for my last semester. The past three years I have always gone to my advisor to make sure I am registering for my required classes. Advisors at U of I are always willing to help and tell you what to expect from each class based on their experience and knowledge. There are advisors and staff in the College of Business that takes a personal interest in students to coach them through their U of I career. I personally have had a couple of people who have always made sure my classes are going well and have advised me on classes that are essential for me to graduate on time. Registering can be a little bit confusing the first time, but with a little help from advisors and upperclassmen they makes it less challenging. Once you know which classes you are taking it takes about 5 minutes to register and get your schedule ready for the following semester. At U of I staff and faculty is willing to help create a friendly environment. If I had the opportunity to choose a college to attend again, it would be the University of Illinois- College of Business without hesitation. It's Recruiting Season!Nov 2, 2015 11:45 am63 views Info of the first weeks of school including Career fair, interviews, and other EventsHey What's Up HelloOct 30, 2015 9:15 am293 views Hello! My name is Ashley and I am also a newbie this semester on the College of Business Admissions team. My freshman year, I participated in the College of Business Ambassador Program, through which I took a prospective student each week to one of my classes and then out to lunch afterward. I loved having the opportunity to share my experiences and it was incredibly rewarding to see the prospective students on campus the following year. After such a phenomenal experience, I am thrilled to be working with admissions again. When I'm not in class pursuing my majors in Supply Chain Management and Marketing, I serve as a project manager for a consulting group on campus called Students Consulting Non-Profit Organizations (SCNO). Through my involvement in this organization, I have had the opportunity to serve various non-profit organizations in the Champaign-Urbana community as well as learn about the consulting field, where I hope to pursue a career upon graduation. I also actively participate in an organization called Business Council, which is made up of hard-working and committed members that have not only been like family to me but a source of inspiration and motivation. Outside of school, you can find me spending time with family and friends, enjoying the outdoors, or practicing yoga. Feel free to stop into BIF 1055 if you have any questions, I'd love to meet you!New Kid on the Block @ 1055Oct 14, 2015 2:15 pm14 views Hello everyone, this is Rose LaBelle, one of your newest Admissions Team members! I hope you are enjoying the lovely fall weather we have been having this week amidst the chaos and excitement life may be bringing you! As any new member in any organization or work environment, I felt it was right for me to provide a more formal introduction of myself. I am from Wheaton, Illinois and grew up in a home as the sixth of eight kids. Growing up in a large family facilitated my outgoing personality, and I am so glad that I have found a new home here on campus in the College of Business! As a sophomore, I am planning to double major in Marketing and Buiness Process Management and minor in Art & Design. Ultimately, I am hoping to combine my passion for art and my natural people skills in order to pursue a career that enables me to express myself creatively. My ultimate dream would be to land in the fashion and retail industry! Outside of school, I am also rigorously involved in Phi Gamma Nu Professional Business Fraternity, Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, and National Retail Federation. Through these involvements, I have been able to meet such inspiring people and create a well rounded college experience for myself. My free time is typically spent hanging out with family and friends, going on runs, or enjoying the oudoors. Overall, I am incredibly grateful for all that the College of Business has provided me with thus far in my college career. From going abroad through the Business Honors Program, to meeting the outstanding faculity, to being surrounded by amazing students on a daily basis, I could not ask for a better home away from home! Hello from 1055 BIF!Oct 6, 2015 12:15 pm26 views Hello, everyone! With the new school year in full swing, the Admissions Team is excited to continue our weekly blog posts to bring you helpful insights straight from the heart of the College of Business. As one of the newest members of the team, I would like to begin by introducing myself. My name is Emily Rock, and I am a sophomore planning to study Supply Chain Management and Marketing with a minor in Spanish. I am from a small farming community called Varna, IL, so moving to a school with over 40,000 students was quite a transition! Despite this culture shock, I have loved every minute at U of I, and I can’t imagine spending my next three years anywhere else. Although I do love homework and studying, what I’m involved with outside of the classroom (or lecture hall) is what has truly allowed this campus to feel like home. Within the College of Business, I have been fortunate enough to hold various leadership positions in Business Council, a student-led organization with a primary focus on professionalism, social networking, and philanthropy. Being a Resident Advisor at Bromley Hall has also allowed me to step outside my identity as a business student and experience the many different aspects that make up the University of Illinois. From traveling abroad to experiencing a summer internship, I have been provided with countless opportunities to facilitate personal and professional growth through the College of Business. I have truly found where I belong on campus, and I hope to assist others in discovering the same feeling. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to comment below or email us at email@example.com! A Culture for StartupsFeb 9, 2015 4:45 pm72 views If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times: UIUC feels like it has the benefits of a small school while still having the resources of a large BIG-10 campus. There are so many neat and innovative things happening on this campus because students want to work with each other on projects that utilize their unique skill-sets. Like many other engineering and business students, my friends and I got the itch to start our own company and try to develop something new! This past summer, a few friends and I started working on a mobile app development company. Without giving too many of the fun details away, our app is like a mix between twitter and google maps on your phone. Building the business, working with our developers from Microsoft, and seeing the app develop over the past few months has been an extremely rewarding experience. While we are just one of the many startups on campus, we are constantly reminded at just how cool of an area Champaign/Urbana actually is and how lucky we are to have access to such great resources. UIUC fosters a culture of innovative thinking and design. Popular Mechanics recently named Champaign/Urbana as the 11th best startup city in America. From my experience on campus, I believe this to be true. Interestingly enough, UIUC made way for many innovative products and services that we use today. Companies like YouTube, FarmVille, PayPal, Tesla, AirBnB, and Netscape all got there start here on campus. If you want to go to a university that challenges you to be the best you can be and create new and innovative products, Illinois is surely the place for you. Now it's my turn to ask you: What will you develop? Landen Crews, Senior | Marketing To find out more about the startup culture on campus, visit the Technology Entrepreneurship Center website: http://tec.illinois.edu/about/. Getting My Life On Track: Things to Include in Your PlannerJan 27, 2015 12:00 pm1118 views Hey All! It has been a while since I last posted so I'll take the time to introduce myself. My name is Ron Lewis and I'm an Accounting major and I hopefully plan on minoring in Technology and Management as the decision of whether I got accepted to the program or not comes out soon! This semester I have gotten a new planner that will help me to schedule ahead and hopefully get a higher GPA. I would definitely recommend using some type of planning technique or book so you won't have to keep everything in your head and possibly forget an important date or deadline. So here are a couple of things that I have included in my planner: Different events for Organizations: Being in so many organizations, it gets difficult to decide which events to go to each week and to remember what time they start. So before the week starts, I try to plan out the specific events that I want to go to for each organization so that I can plan to at least go to one event for every organization weekly. Exams with a Two-week Notice: Throughout my college experience, I have found that the 3 to 4 day cramming typically doesn't work for me. So in my planner I have included a two-week notice in my planner that tells me to begin studying for exams. Now this doesn't mean that I study all night for two weeks straight. This just allows me to really break down all the materials for a test and make a strategic approach to studying for an exam. To-Do lists: Often throughout the day, I always remember something that I need to do for class or for one of my organizations. Whether its a book that I need, or a meeting for an organization, as soon as it pops into my head, I try to right it down so that I won't forget it. Homework Assignments: Homework adds up in college and it takes a big percentage of many of my classes. So to prepare myself, I try to write out all of my assignments in my planner when they are given as well as the due dates to make sure that I don't forget any assignments. Using my planner has really allowed me to get ahead of all my classes and start my semester on the right track! Hopefully this blog can help you get your life on track as well! Good luck on the 2nd half of the school Year! Tips for Incoming Students!Jan 26, 2015 2:15 pm116 views Hello everyone! As the spring semester begins, students on campus are busy adjusting to their classes and responsibilities. New classes, new teachers, new classmates. It can all be overwhelming, especially for incoming and underclassmen students. However, with these following tips and tricks, you will adjust to life on campus seamlessly! 1. Get Involved As Soon As Possible. Of course this is easier said than done, however it is essential. Here on campus we have an event in the beginning of Fall semester called Quad Day. This event includes a great variety of registered student organizations (or RSOs) of all different interests. In the College of Business, we have Business Quad Day a few days after Quad Day. At this event, all of the business organizations get together in the courtyard of the Business Instructional Facility (BIF). I really enjoyed both of these events and highly recommend them for all incoming students. 2. Network, Network, Network. As a business student, the word networking will become part of your everyday vocabulary. College is a great place to meet people who can offer unique perspectives and opportunities for you. You should network with professors, students, faculty, and professionals that come to campus. You never know when one meeting could lead to your future career. 3. Prioritize…but be realistic. To-do lists will become your best friend if they aren’t already. Staying organized is the key to being successful in college and later on in your career. By prioritizing your responsibilities, you will be able to be successful in your organizations and classes. These two areas will take up most of your time while in school, so by staying organized you will be able to have “free” time to enjoy other activities and hobbies. 4. Me time. The previous tip brings me to this very important one. It is so so so important to take time to do the things you love, whether that is reading your favorite book, listening to music, or going to a movie. Hobbies should not stop in high school. College is a great time to pick up new hobbies as well! We have over 1,000 RSO’s here on campus, and if you don’t find one you love you can start one yourself. 5. Use your gym membership! Here at the University of Illinois we are very lucky to have amazing facilities like the ARC and CRCE. These facilities not only have great exercise equipment, but they also offer group classes. It can be hard to be motivated to work out - trust me I understand. However, exercise is one thing we should all prioritize. Exercise gives you endorphins, and endorphins make you happy. Happy people are bound to enjoy college significantly more! As always, feel free to leave comments or questions below, and we’ll do our best to reply promptly!Last 5 WeeksNov 10, 2014 10:30 am59 views Junior year is going by fast and choosing classes for next semester is fun because I get to take courses in my major that interest me such as Business Process Management and Logistics Management. At this time of year there are a lot of events and free food at the College of Business which always makes my day. Also there are companies recruiting students which means that almost everyone will get a job after graduation. I have being interviewing for internships with different companies such as Hormel Foods, Kraft Foods, Target and PepsiCo. This is an exciting time and it’s important to keep up the hard work, but also have fun with friends. 7 Things To Remember While in CollegeOct 28, 2014 11:45 am123 views Hello Everyone! My name is Landen Crews and I am a senior in the Marketing & Information Systems/Technology program in the College of Business. I am super excited to share some of my college experiences with you over the course of the next few months. A friend of mine recently asked me to share several pieces of advice on what I think it takes to survive in college. So as my first official blog post of the year, I will share a list of the seven things that I have found to be interesting or insightful during my time here at UIUC. 1) Let your passions drive your actions - It’s likely that your passion isn’t accounting or supply chain management but rather something much deeper. Don’t lose sight of who you want to be and what you want to do in order to find the highest paying job after school. Find a company and career that will allow you to drink from the well of your passions. 2) You don’t need to have THE plan, but you do need to have a plan. - It is okay that you don’t have the next 40 years of your life figured out quite yet. Even if you don’t know where your road may take you, it is important to know what you would like to be doing for the next few. Know what kind of clubs you want to get involved with and have a plan on how you want to take on a leadership positiion within. 3) You don’t need to have life figured out, but you should surround yourself by people who you think do. - Be observant of the people you admire most. It is likely that they have had the same struggles and obstacles as you. Everyone from Jesus to Jay-Z and everyone in between had someone that they admired and looked up to. Even if these people are parents or fictional characters, be a student of how they live their life. 4) Take advantage of the amazing things we have on this campus. - It is very easy to live in a bubble within the College of Business. There’s a reason why companies like YouTube and AirBnB had their roots at UIUC, go see how you can make an impact with those people who are doing amazing things. 5) Be a pirate. - Take yourself down a road where not many have gone before and see how you can make an impact. What looks crazy now may be the next big thing; always take the opportunity to look like the crazy one. 6) Don’t be afraid to be different - The people we remember remember most are the ones who were different than the others. We learn about people like Steve Jobs, MLK, and JFK because they changed the status quo. 7) Know your strengths and weaknesses - The best leaders in the world are successful because they know what they do best and where they need improvement. Have a great fall and GO ILLINI!! Landen Crews Senior, Marketing & Information Systems/TechnologyThe First Weekend - MunichOct 14, 2014 9:45 am46 views Earlier, I wrote about study abroad in general and how amazing my semester was in studying in Germany. I promised you all more posts about my trips so let’s begin with my first trip to Munich with 4 Illinois students and 1 student from Indiana. The first two weeks in Vallendar were amazing. We met so many other exchange students and instantly became best friends with them and the actual students studying at WHU. Two of my best friends are actually studying abroad here in Champaign next semester from WHU and I met these two that first weekend in Vallendar. So on to Munich now. We took a 6am bus from Vallendar to Munich and arrived in the afternoon there. After walking aimlessly to our hostel (the manager was even a Cubs fan), we settled in and immediately headed out to explore the town. Munich is a fairly small city compared to a Chicago or New York but it is the size of a continent compared to Vallendar, so it was nice seeing a change of pace from the first two weeks. Munich was amazing; there was so much activity going on and a lot of culture. Munich is the capital of Bavaria which fulfills the stereotype people think of what Germans and Germany is. We visited the sites and explored the city which had a lot of history especially with the World War II sites and also lots of great food. During the Saturday we were there, we went to the “Disney Castle” which is called Neuschwanstein castle. Think of the Sleeping Beauty castle and this is it! It was one of the most beautiful and breathtaking moments of my life. Below is a picture of myself and my friend from Illinois Nick Buege. I know you all are wondering, but yes we did go to Hofbräuhaus, which is the site of Oktoberfest. To be honest, this place was the best social atmosphere I have ever seen. There is something to be said in such a setting, enjoying the evening, hanging out with your best friends, and don’t forget eating large German pretzels! This moment on my first trip will be constantly etched in my mind and it makes this trip one of my favorites. It was an unplanned excursion to Munich but it turned out to be one of my favorite trips I went on. I wasn’t sure if it was the people, the culture, Hofbräuhaus, or even the Disney Castle, but Munich was a trip I will always remember and it is at the top of the list of cities I want to go back. Hello!Oct 6, 2014 11:00 am45 views Hey Everyone! My name is Ronald Lewis and I am a sophomore in the College of Business planning on double majoring in Accounting and Finance. I am originally from Westchester, Illinois where I previously attended St. Joseph high school. I originally decided to pursue a double major because of my interest in Investment Banking. I believe with 2 majors in Accounting and Finance, it will better prepare myself to be a more competitive candidate in the long run. However, many people in the College of Business always reassure me that each person path is their own, so I am trying to make sure that the double major is something that I really want to do at this point. Nevertheless, I have plenty of time to decide whether I want to double major or not so I am currently just taking my time to make sure I make the right decision. Some things I am involved in on campus are Business Council, which is an organization within the College of Business that helps connect student with companies, while also giving back to the community through philanthropic events, and Illinois Student Senate, which is the official student government at the University of Illinos. This past summer, I had an opportunity to work for PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Internal Firm Services (IFS) group in their Chicago office. It was a absolutely great experience as I was able to interact with so many professionals including managers and even partners of the firm. Right now I am unsure what I am going to do for next summer, but I am definitely looking forward to expanding my network and growing professionally. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org! It's Midterm Time!Oct 2, 2014 3:30 pm29 views It’s that time of year, when all of your classes get a little bit more stressful because of midterm exams and project. This time of year always makes me think a lot about high school and how I studied back then. Most college exams are much different than high school, at least from what I have experienced these past two year. It’s not about being able to memorize information and then applying it. It’s about being able to fully understand topics regardless of the different ways a certain question may be asked, which makes things a little more complicated. However, don’t get me wrong. This time of year is not all that bad! Yes, most days consist of late nights studying, but you’re usually with a group of friends all helping each other succeed! This is a great example of how the College of Business is a great community. Every student here will succeed and get a great job when they graduate, so instead of being ultra competitive, students here prefer to help each other so everyone in the group does well together! This is a unique aspect of the College of Business that stood out to me when I was applying to schools. Although this is a very stressful time, it is great to know that I have a great group of friends and classmates who help each other get through it!So…you want to know what it takes to get in here?Oct 1, 2014 12:30 pm55 views It’s the question we get the most. It comes in multiple different forms. How can I get into the College of Business here? What does it take? What are you looking for in candidates? Everyone wants to know what exactly they have to do to get accepted into the College of Business. They want the formula. Well, here’s the bad news: there is no formula. What I can offer you are some honest insights straight from the Admissions Team: We take a completely holistic view, meaning we look at everything - grades, GPA, test scores, extracurricular activities, and evidence of leadership There is no minimum GPA cutoff and there is no GPA that automatically gets you in There is no minimum ACT/SAT score cutoff and there is no test score that automatically gets you in We tend to weight grades more heavily than test scores. We believe strong grades show greater evidence of work ethic than a high test score. We want to see that you are challenging yourself and taking AP/honors/advanced classes Do not slack off senior year We want to see that you are involved outside of the classroom, being a leader, and impacting your community Write strong applications essays. Write about something that makes you stand out and memorable I hope this helps! I would be lying if I said it is easy to get into the College of Business. It is competitive, but that doesn’t mean it is impossible. If you don’t try, the answer will always be no. I really didn’t think I would get in, but somehow I did. So have more confidence in yourself. Never count yourself out. Study Abroad!!!Sep 26, 2014 10:15 pm30 views The first post of many on my adventures studying abroad in Germany. IntroductionSep 23, 2014 3:15 pm13 views Hello everyone! Welcome to my first blog. I would like to first introduce myself. My name is Eugenia Sosa, and I am a junior here at the College of Business pursuing a dual degree in Marketing and Finance. I am originally from Venezuela, but have lived in the United States for 11 years now. My family and I currently live in Naperville, a Chicago suburb. It’s hard to believe that this is my third year at the University of Illinois. I have enjoyed every minute of it! I had not always planned on pursuing a dual degree in Marketing and Finance. I always knew that I had an interest in Marketing, however my interest in Finance definitely came about from the many courses I took both freshman and early sophomore year. After much thought, I decided that Finance would be a great support to Marketing and would later open up many doors when searching for internships and full-time positions. This past summer I had the opportunity to intern at Deloitte in their Market Development Services group in the Chicago office. This was an opportunity I found through networking in my business fraternity, Phi Gamma Nu. Deloitte doesn’t recruit for that area specifically, so it really shows the value that networking can have. I was fortunate enough to receive an offer for next summer, so I am excited to be going back! As an undergraduate affairs student representative, I’m looking forward to meeting all of you prospective students! Please feel free to email us at email@example.com with any questions or comment below! Summer Was GreatSep 10, 2014 10:45 am9 views Sophomore year went by very fast. I wanted to get an internship to expend and use my knowledge. During my sophomore year I interviewed with different companies such as ITW, W.W. Grainger, ALDI and Kraft Foods and at the end of second year at U of I, I got an offer to work for Kraft Foods at their plant in Champaign, IL. I worked at Kraft in their production and distribution departments. One of my main tasks was to count inventory to make sure the inventory quantity was accurate. They had a lot of damaged products so I suggested to management to ask the person who damaged the product to take few minutes to fix it and not just to leave it at a corner of the warehouse. This helped the accuracy of the inventory and saved time in the long run. My summer was fun and productive. Networking was very crucial for me to get a paid internship at the end of my second year in college. I am looking forward to going to career fair next week to talk to more companies and to find additional opportunities for next summer. Registration!Apr 9, 2014 1:15 pm55 views It's hard to believe that I just registered for senior year classes! All incoming freshman will register for their Fall 2014 semester over the summer! It's important to plan the best schedule you can, balanced with required business classes but also fun general education electives. Registration is all done electronically now, and it is as easy as selecting a course by day/time or professor. As an incoming freshman, there are business core requirements that you will complete over your time here. They include: 2 introduction to accounting, 1 introduction to finance, 4 business administration courses and 5 economics courses. You will complete these courses either through AP credits (or similar) and by registering for each of these classes throughout your 8 semesters here. A typical incoming freshman schedule would include Micro/Macro economics, possible math class, a public speaking course, and any gen. ed electives that you choose! There are always opportunities to balance your schedule with an interesting course. Some of my favorites include Servere and Hazardous Weather, Medical Ethics, Introduction to American Indian Studies, to name a few. Check out the University of Illinois' Course Catalog page ( Click here) to see all of the subjects and different courses offered within that particular subject. Definitely check out the course catalog prior to coming to campus for registration this summer!Spring Break!Feb 26, 2014 12:30 pm37 views I’m sure school work is picking up and the frigid weather are making people antsy, but there’s one thing we can all look forward to… Spring Break! Spring break, one of the best weeks of second semester allows students an opportunity to be free from schoolwork and classes. While on campus, there are so many different opportunities to take an awesome trip. The College of Business offers sponsored trips to locations all over the world. You can travel to Panama and utilize business skills to help improve the lives of local Panamanians. Faculty and students travel to Costa Rica where they address social and economic issues of sustainability. The third spring break trip takes place in India where students teach marketplace literacy through this international experience. There are so many different opportunities to travel to less common countries and immerse yourself within the local culture. These trips provide an opportunity to study abroad as soon as freshman year! Once you become acclimated on campus, different organizations that you can be a member of also offer trips of their own. My professional business fraternity takes an annual spring break trip to a different Habitat for Humanity location across the United States. Last year the group traveled to New Orleans and worked building homes and local community centers. There are so many different philanthropic opportunities to take advantage of, internationally or domestically. For more information about short-term international trips through the College of Business, checkout the web page of trips that were offered this year! http://studyabroad.business.illinois.edu/programs/faculty-led/Interviewing 101Feb 17, 2014 2:15 pm83 views It's Cold Outside!Feb 12, 2014 11:45 am22 views Another semester has passed, but the cold weather is still here. One great reason to be in a big and resourceful University is that the transportation system is very convenient. If it is freezing outside I can just take the bus. I don’t really have to walk to all my classes because the bus leaves me in front of the building where my classes are. Most bus stops have a screen with the times the buses arrive to that stop, so I don’t need to wait in the cold. Having this transportation system helps me stay warm and healthy so I can focus on my classes. No matter the weather outside the College of Business Facility is always warm and welcoming. I always do homework or chat with my friends in the atrium where it feels like I belong.Career Fair ThoughtsFeb 3, 2014 1:30 pm29 views The Spring 2014 Business Career Fair is this Tuesday and Wednesday. Over 130 companies will be attending – looking to hire specifically University of Illinois students for internships and full-time positions. According to the Wall Street Journal, the University of Illinois is the #3 preferred institution for recruiters. Employers know and recognize the caliber of students that come from the ILLINOIS Business School and so they intentionally seek out our students to work for their companies. These companies are looking for students to fill such a variety of roles – from consulting, to marketing, to financial analysts, to sales, and more. The ILLINOIS College of Business does such a good job of providing opportunities such as a career fair with over 130 companies for students to advance. Career fair can be a little overwhelming the first time. You walk into the huge gymnasium and there is just a mob of black suits and portfolios. Each company has a booth and there are lines of students at each booth waiting to talk to the recruiters. Thankfully, freshmen year, everyone takes Business 101 which helps prepare you for career fair through resume critiques and perfecting your “elevator speech.” Business Career Services is also a huge resource in preparing for career fair. You can schedule a resume critique with an advisor or even an employer, do a mock interview, or just go talk to them about certain companies and soak in their advice. Often times, meeting a company at the career fair will lead to an interview and then an offer. I have an internship for the summer with Kohl’s Corporate and I first met them at the career fair in the fall. Another comforting fact, 92.5% of graduating seniors from the College of Business in 2013 had a full-time job or were in graduate school within three months of graduation. As intimidating as it can be, everything works out for the best. You just have to be confident in yourself and you will make a good impression.5 Things I Didn't Think About When Making My College DecisionJan 22, 2014 12:00 am123 views 1. You tend to get a job in the area you go to school. Most college career fairs host companies from that geographical location. If you go to school in California, a lot of California companies or offices recruit students for that area. My family is from Illinois and so staying in Illinois is something that is important to me. Hundreds of companies from Chicago and other parts of Illinois recruit at The University of Illinois year after year. 2. Having college friends when you are home on breaks is really nice. Most people at the University of Illinois are residents of Illinois. I am from the suburbs of Chicago, and almost all of my friends from college live within a 20 minute radius of me. This is wonderful for having people to hang out with over breaks and for rides to and from school! 3. Recruiters associate your caliber with the caliber of your school. The University of Illinois and the College of Business are well known among recruiters. It is a large school and companies have had many U of I alums working for them. They know the work ethic, integrity, and talent of students in the College of Business here. 4. The alumni base of a college is your immediate network. As you have heard, people often say that it is all about who you know. Relationships and connections are how you get to where you want to be. The ILLINOIS College of Business has an alumni network that is 50,000+ strong! There are a lot of people out there for you to connect with and resources to help you connect with them to reach your goals. 5. A big school can be for everyone. When I was applying to colleges, I knew (thought I knew) that a small school would be the best fit for me. I applied to several small school and then to one Big 10 school – U of I. Here I am at U of I and I would not have wanted it any other way. I have found my niche here. With a school of 40,000 students, you are bound to find your place somewhere. My favorite thing about the ILLINOIS College of Business is the community. Everyone is so close-knit and I have built strong relationships with peers and even the deans. I love walking through the business building and seeing so many faces of friends. The College of Business truly made U of I feel like a small school but with all the benefits of a large university.Orange KrushDec 3, 2013 1:03 pm76 views Returning to campus after fall break is such a bittersweet feeling. I was sad to leave a home full of great food and better family, but I am excited to get back to campus and end a great semester! There is however one thing that excites me more than anything about returning to campus and that is Illinois basketball. Coach Groce and the Illini are currently undefeated and everyone on campus is very excited about how our team has been playing so far! This year, I am a member of the basketball student cheering section, Orange Krush. As a member of Orange Krush, I have the opportunity to sit right next to the court every single game. Never have I experienced such an exciting atmosphere as when I had the opportunity to sit courtside while Illinois played 18th ranked Gonzaga my freshman year. If you are a basketball fan of any sorts, I recommend becoming a part of Orange Krush when you get to campus! Orange Krush is a student led organization that not only cheers at every basketball game, but also has the opportunity to give back to the community around us with grants and donations going to many local charities. This past year, the Orange Krush Foundation donated approximately $150,000 to the University and 61 charities. Many other College of Business students like me are involved with business organizations but are also involved in the Orange Krush Foundation as well. Joining Orange Krush is not only a great way to support our university, but also a great way to meet other students from around campus. Waiting for the game to start! I had to share the view with this guy for the entire game! The Calm Before The StormDec 2, 2013 11:25 am36 views I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of family, good food, and gratefulness. I think that this Thanksgiving was surrounded by a very unique time – with the typhoon in the Philippines and the destruction from the tornadoes right here in central Illinois. Those extremely devastating situations were a blatant reminder of just how much I have to be thankful for while people across the world and also right next door are suffering from such great loss. Sometimes I think it’s healthy to step back from our lives and truly reflect on everything we have been blessed with. I am glad that we have a national holiday for that here in the United States, but I wish that it could be more of a lifestyle – spending time each day being thankful for all that we have. Our entire week of Thanksgiving break was very rejuvenating and came at the perfect time. I spent a lot of time lounging around watching movies, reading, cooking, baking, and spending quality time with family. Now it’s Monday and we are back at school and are already crazy. We have a week and a half left of classes and then comes finals week. This time leading up to finals is full of last exams, big presentations, group projects, and lots more. Thanksgiving break was definitely what you can call “the calm before the storm.” The good news is that there is a light at the end of the tunnel! In just three weeks we will be home for a month of winter break and finished with first semester…and then will come even more lounging around and watching movies and family time. During these next few weeks when I am busy and stressed, I am going to do my best to remember how much I have to be thankful for – especially the opportunity to go to such a wonderful university.The Age Old Balancing ActNov 20, 2013 10:33 am28 views Thanksgiving break is right around the corner, and with it comes relaxation and lots and lots of food. But as soon as we come back from break it will be Finals mania! This is always around the time when I think about the advice my parents gave me before coming to school: that balance is key to a healthy lifestyle. With so many ways to get involved, a rigorous set of coursework, as well as fun social events popping up everyday, it can be very hard to balance it all! It has taken me the last two years to realize how I balance studying, working out, and hanging out with friends. Here are some tips I’ve learned along the way: Study during non-test weeks. This allows you to skip over the stressful cramming right before tests, and actually allows you to absorb the material and truly understand it. When possible, refrain from ordering food to BIF. We all know especially around this time of the year it is easy to basically call the Business Instructional Facility our first home since we spend the majority of our day in classes or studying in the building. In my experience, it is always a good idea to take a study break and whip up a quick meal in your apartment. Take the time to go to the gym. Over the summer I started doing yoga, and I can honestly say it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. Blocking off times in your day to workout at the gym is a great way to blow off steam. Remember to have fun. The College of Business at UIUC has a phenomenal academic program, and this is clearly demonstrated through the truly incredible faculty as well as interesting courses offered. That being said, it can be easy to get caught up in studying 24/7 to get the grades you want, but the best students have a great grasp on work life balance. Find that balance, and there is virtually no limit on what you can accomplish at this University. Future Women in Business Fall ConferenceNov 13, 2013 12:43 pm61 views If you are a female, we have an exciting event coming up for you! It is the Future Women in Business Fall Conference and it is an event that I have been working on for the entire semester now. I came up with this idea as I thought back to how much I struggled with deciding what major to pursue in college. A lot of people recommended business, but I honestly didn’t really know what that entailed. I had this (very far off) perception that business was for outspoken and competitive individuals who sat at a desk all day long working with numbers and spreadsheets. I decided to heed the advice of others and I declared a major in business, not really looking forward to what I was getting myself in to. Now that I am a junior in the College of Business here at U of I, I laugh at my old perception of a career in business. There is such a vast array of things that you can do with a business degree – things that I never thought of. A degree in business can open the doors to so many opportunities and it is not a degree that restricts you to one specific industry. I want current high school girls to realize all of the different things that you can do with a business degree. The Future Women in Business Fall Conference provides a way for female high school students to learn just that. It is perfect for students who are considering a career in business, for people who are exploring what major to pursue, for people who feel lost on what to choose, and even for people who think that they could never see themselves in the business field. The event will consist of a keynote speaker, alumnae presentations on what they are doing with their ILLINOIS business degree, and a panel of current U of I students. The alumnae are from companies such as Google, Motorola Solutions, PwC, Groupon and others. It is an event that I wish I had the opportunity to go to when I was making my college and major decision. You will learn that business is even for someone who is soft-spoken, loves to bake, and wants to have a career that helps others – people like me. Where: The Illini Center – 200 S. Wacker Dr. in Chicago Date: Saturday, November 23rd Time: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM Follow this link to register TODAY because space is limited: http://business.illinois.edu/undergrad/admissions/events.aspx. We hope to see you there!First BlogNov 6, 2013 3:50 pm31 views Hi Everyone, Welcome to my first blog. I have never blogged before so this will be a new and interesting experience. Let me tell you a little bit more about me; I am a sophomore in the College of Business pursuing a degree in Supply Chain Management and International Business. I was born in Guatemala City, and Spanish is my native language. When I came to the United States everything was different from what I used to do. One of the biggest challenges I faced was learning English, and I am sure that I will never stop learning it. But that didn’t stop me from getting accepted to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I went to Evanston Township High School where I had very good teachers and people who helped me succeed along the way. Why did I end up at U of I? I applied to different universities and I got accepted to all of them. What made the difference in my decision was that here at Illinois I found a welcoming place full of good people who are devoted to helping students like me thrive. Another reason for me choosing U of I was that wherever I go there is always someone who shares the same Alma Mater. This builds long friendships and great networking opportunity to better succeed in the real world. The decision to come to the College of Business at Illinois is one that I will never regret! I look forward to posting more throughout the year and hopefully get to meet you during an admissions event in the future. Go Illini!Soaking in the KnowledgeNov 4, 2013 10:41 am22 views When I first started pre-school, I remember playing with blocks and learning the alphabet. In elementary school I learned how to multiply and divide. In middle school I learned how to read chapter books, and in high school I learned about the joys of physics. Thinking back to pre-school I remember going to school was my favorite part of the day. But somewhere along the way, school became more about passing tests and memorizing definitions, and I forgot about how great it was to actually learn and absorb knowledge. That all changed when I came to the University of Illinois. I still remember walking in my first class of freshman year, Philosophy 101, and making some of my first friends in college. That class, along with some of my other business courses has 100% shaped who I am today. Especially now, since I am learning about all the various functions within the business world- it has become crystal clear to me that I have fallen back in love with learning. Going to class is great not only because you are surrounded by your friends, but also because the knowledge you gain the classroom can really be applied out in the real world. Business 101 is a course that every freshman within the College of Business takes. I know, personally, I still think back to group projects in that class where we had to think through situations and use our problem solving skills. I actually have a full day of classes ahead today-and I honestly couldn’t be happier to spend my time learning interesting and applicable things! -Until next timeHalfway ThereOct 24, 2013 7:54 pm52 views We’ve finally crossed into the second half of the semester! That means the first wave of midterm exams are complete – that we may, or may not, be feeling good about. If that last exam crept up on you and you found yourself wishing you could pause time to clock in a few extra hours of studying, don’t worry, we’ve all been there. As a current senior, I’ve seen my fair share of classroom habits and I’m here to pass on some of my favorites.It's Okay To Be UnsureOct 23, 2013 11:54 am41 views If you were to ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up when I was five years old, I would have said a princess. If you were to ask me the same question at age ten, I would have said a teacher. At age fifteen, I would have said a journalist. Entering college, I was asked the same question, and my response was, “I have no clue.” At every point in my life I had some sort of idea of what I wanted to do, except for the time when I actually needed to know what I wanted to do. Or so I thought I had to know. I felt so uneasy not having a major set in place. I had so many friends who knew exactly what they were going to study and what kind of career they wanted to pursue. I felt behind and lost. The reality, however, is that it’s okay not to know what you want to do. You don’t have to know coming into school. By taking different classes and taking advantage of all the resources here for you at the University of Illinois, with time, you will figure out what your passions are and you will gain clarity. So please don’t feel stressed or worried that you don’t have a set plan. Instead, find freedom in the fact that you can explore many different options and have an incredible about to choose from. View it as an opportunity instead of a hindrance. I’m now a junior and twenty years old. While I have a major set in place and certain ideas of what I want to do, I’m not exactly sure where I’ll end up. The future will always be unknown. But that’s the fun part.Homecoming SeasonOct 21, 2013 9:47 am54 views Nothing makes me happier than to walk outside and breathe the fresh autumnal air on this campus. The colors are changing everywhere, and there is not a prettier sight than the greens changing to oranges and reds. Clubs on campus are getting into the spirit of things: October Lover’s Club is kicked into high gear, dorms started decorating for Halloween, and Espresso Royale changed its menu to incorporate apple cider basically into every drink. I think you can tell autumn is my favorite season- but there is something about autumn on this campus specifically. Going to Curtis Apple Orchard a few miles off campus is one of the highlights of the fall season, not just because they have amazing apple donuts and cider, but because I get to spend it with my friends! All of campus is joining in on the fun, and I can’t wait to see all the upcoming bonfires, carved pumpkins, and homecoming festivities. Homecoming week kicked off this past Friday October 18th, with the campus wide volunteer initiative called iHelp. Students spend this day volunteering in various parts of campus and in the Champaign- Urbana community. Alumni all across the world can also volunteer in whatever area they live in on this day in respect to the Alma Mater. In addition to that, there are a whole bunch of activities like the ‘Illini Block Party’ as well as the Homecoming Parade that take place all this week to get students and alumni excited for the upcoming weekend’s football game. Best of luck to everyone on upcoming midterms! Go Illini!The Joys of Case CompetitionsOct 15, 2013 1:35 pm71 views It’s that time of the year where you look at your schedule and automatically feel stressed! Right now, many students like myself are busy with midterms, case competitions and interviews for internships. Last week, four of my friends and myself competed in the Boeing Business Case Competition. A Case Competition is where a company presents students with a problem the company is currently dealing with and a team has the opportunity to present their solution to the company. In the competition, Boeing presented Illinois students with a supply chain problem they are currently dealing with, and it was our task to come up with a solution to their problem and present it to their Supply Chain team. I was proud of our team for placing 2nd out of the ten teams. Even though we did not win the competition, it was still a gratifying experience as we have all received interviews for various positions within Boeing. It’s such a rewarding experience to work in a group of dedicated students who all push each other to do their best work. I can say that the group of students I had the opportunity to work with are some of the most talented and driven students I know. One of the best aspects of my Illinois experience thus far has been the opportunity to collaborate as a group on various projects and cases. The College of Business provides students with many opportunities to work with real companies in real world situations though case competitions and consulting projects. Case competitions build on the skills learned in the classroom while providing real world experience in a practical setting. Until next time, Landen CWelcome! The Experience Begins...Oct 8, 2013 12:00 am125 views Hello Everyone! My name is Abhinav Brahmamdam and I am a sophomore majoring in Finance and Accountancy. I’m excited to be blogging my first post on the College of Business Website! Before we delve into any more details, I just want to say how happy I am to be studying here at the University of Illinois and specifically the College of Business. Selecting a college was one of the toughest decisions on my life and the College of Business has truly become my home! The College of Business really has the small school environment that fits in so well with the atmosphere of a large, Big Ten school that U of I is. There are so many opportunities to fulfill your dreams here on this campus and it will truly be four years that you will remember for the rest of your life! Going back a bit, I am from Springfield, IL and went to Springfield High School (I know, such an original name). Other than having the great pleasure of blogging for the College of Business, I am involved in a few other organizations on campus. I am currently the Alumni Relations Chair in Phi Gamma Nu Professional Business Fraternity and am a First-Year Consultant in Students Consulting for Non-Profit Organizations. There are so many way to make an impact on this campus and if I could leave you with one key takeaway it would be to Get Involved! Trust me, the more involved you are, the greater your college experience will be. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me and post comments to all of the blogs. Good luck with everything and I look forward to hearing from all of you!A New Adventure in Life!Oct 4, 2013 3:27 pm33 views Hello Everyone! My name is Landen Crews and this is my first and official blog post for the College of Business admissions team. I am currently a junior in Marketing & Information Technology and I am proud to call Marshall, Illinois my home. While growing up in Marshall, I was active in a variety of activities including 4-H, FBLA, my church’s youth group and was an avid supporter of all Marshall’s sports teams. Go Lions! I am VERY excited to be writing on a variety of topics throughout the next several months and would love to hear of any ideas that you all want me to write about! If you have any questions about life at Illinois and the College of Business or want me to write a post on a specific topic, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org as I am more than happy to answer any of your questions. Until next time, Landen Crews Pop That Bubble!Oct 2, 2013 10:22 am18 views We go to a school of 40,000 students and yet we always seem to forget how many resources and activities are provided to us each and every day on this campus. It is easy to fall into a “bubble of comfort” after adjusting to the initial year on campus. However, UIUC promotes such a diverse, and involved campus that it is not hard to go outside of your comfort zone. In fact, speaking from a personal experience, some of the best times I have had in college is when I took a leap of faith and joined a club that none of my friends were in, or tried a new restaurant on campus! There is so much to do on campus that there is literally not one second to be bored. Watching a show at Krannert, volunteering in the community outside of campus, exploring downtown Champaign- these are all underrated things that could be one of the best memories you have from college. We are given but only four years to enjoy this amazing campus, so let’s pop that bubble and step outside of our comfort zones!Getting Involved on CampusSep 30, 2013 9:54 am22 views “You can make a big school small, but you can’t make a small school big.” Hearing this was one of the defining moments in my college experience. Within the first week of school, I attended Quad Day. Quad Day cannot be described in words, it is one of those things that you have to see in person to fully grasp. Seeing the hundreds of tables with their slogans and free giveaways, it was easy to feel overwhelmed- but that was the best part- there was an infinite amount of things you could do on campus. And if you didn’t find something you wanted to do (which was near impossible), then you could start a club yourself that did do whatever it was. I realized early in the school year that I wanted to be a part of a professional organization as well as a social organization on campus. Recruitment for both these types of organizations was not only right at the beginning of the semester, but also around the same time. Though I was kept busy at the beginning running from meeting to meeting, I finally found my niche within Business Council and a sorority here on campus. These two organizations gave me outlets for different things. When I needed to relax and take a load off, I could partake in social events. When I wanted to buckle down and get work done, I could do homework with my friends in Business Council. Overall, getting involved has helped me find my niche within a big school. This involvement however should never take away from school work. This balancing act doesn’t come easy, but when you finally learn how to juggle the group projects and meetings, it all becomes worth it. Back and Better Than EverSep 30, 2013 9:35 am24 views The year has started back up again and I can feel the excitement everywhere! I’m returning for my third year on campus, and it feels so strange to call myself an upperclassman. Information sessions with companies have never seemed more important, and I’ve never been to BCS (Business Career Services) more times than this week. That being said, I would like to offer up some advice to some of the younger folks in the College of Business: Don’t wait to get involved! Career FairSep 23, 2013 1:35 pm25 views The College of Business students can emit a sigh of relief now that the career fair is over! Last week, September 18th- 20th, we hosted 236 companies for our fall career fair. This is a great opportunity for students to meet recruiters, ask questions about various leadership conferences, internships and full-time positions that each company is offering. As required in the curriculum of Business 101, all freshman College of Business students were in attendance. Most undergraduate and graduate students attend in search of networking and job opportunities, as this is a great way to gain exposure to various companies. This three-day event truly attests to the College of Business’ remarkable student talent and how eager companies are to recruit our students. Complete with business professional attire, a revised resume and some individual company research, each student has the opportunity to attend as many days as they choose and talk to as many companies as they wish. While some students find this to be a nerve wrecking time, it is the key stepping stone to building that relationship with a potential employer. Now that the career fair is over, interviewing season is just around the corner. Good luck everyone!And we're back!Sep 19, 2013 3:38 pm38 views Welcome back everyone! It is officially school season and time to get back in the groove of things. As a member of a social sorority on campus as well as a business fraternity, the recruitment process has been in full swing! Phi Gamma Nu Professional Business Fraternity has wrapped up interviews and we are very excited to welcome our new pledge class! For those who are not familiar, business fraternities are RSOs on campus associated through the College of Business. Each fraternity as well as Business Council have pillars or ideals that they model their chapter and council by. As a member of Phi Gamma Nu, we model our chapter around professionalism, philanthropy and our social pillar. Now that all of us are back on campus and we have new pledges, our exciting events have begun for the semester! We have awesome philanthropy events for this week such as tutoring in the Champaign community on Tuesdays and Adopt-A-Highway on Saturday. Welcoming our new members, we have our first chapter of the semester Wednesday and a Professionalism 101 event for our younger members on Thursday. Next Monday we have a Career Fair Panel offering advice and tips on approaching recruiters at the Career Fair, which is already next week! I know it would not be a complete week without social events! Thursday is Capture the Flag on top of Krannert Art Museum, light-up frisbee on the quad after Chapter, PGN bowling event with our corporate sponsor Deloitte next Tuesday, and the chapter camping trip next weekend! I am definitely back in school mode and looking forward to a great semester with PGN, my sorority….and school work of course… 10 Countries in 2 YearsSep 11, 2013 12:25 pm27 views WANDERLUST: a strong desire to travel and explore the world. I had it, and now it’s even stronger. I always knew that I wanted to study abroad in college. I have been fascinated by other countries and cultures ever since I was young. I was probably the Travel Channel’s biggest viewer when I was ten years old. My favorite winter-time activity was going to the German Christkindlmarket in Chicago and eating potato pancakes with applesauce and buying little wooden toys from the merchants. My favorite exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry was the room full of decorated Christmas trees from around the world. I would even read my mom’s cooking magazines when they had special articles about foods from around the world. Needless to say, I have always had the desire to explore other countries.Last Post!Apr 29, 2013 2:40 pm58 views I've been working in the Undergraduate Affairs office for three years - and I can hardly believe that today is my last day of work! It's been an absolute blast helping the College recruit students during my time at Illinois. Hopefully through Orange and Blue Days, Admitted Student Days, Meet the Deans, the Business Experience, The Annual Womens Conference, campus/BIF tours and blog posts you've been able to see why the College of Business at the University of Illinois is the best. If you are coming to campus as a freshman in the Fall - best of luck and enjoy every moment! Work hard, but do not forget to take time to do things you enjoy - whether that's intramurals, volunteering within the community, or taking a class just because it sparks your interest - take advantage of every day. Enjoy your time here and GO ILLINI! I-L-L!Fun events in Champaign-UrbanaApr 22, 2013 2:56 pm52 views Spring is such an exciting time both on campus and in the Champaign-Urbana area. This past weekend was the 15th annual Ebertfest - the Roger Ebert Film Festival at the Virginia Theater in downtown Champaign. The festival promotes small, independent films. I didn't get a chance to go see a film this weekend, but I went with a few friends last year. We went and saw a documentary called "Funny Business" - because it featured business men running comedy clubs in Chicago. This upcoming weekend is the Illinois marathon! There is always a lot of buzz about the marathon because so many students participate in both the half and the full - I went to go to see friends cross the finish line last year and I plan on doing the same thing this weekend. Last weekend was Moms Weekend - both my parents came down to participate in campus festivities. We went and saw the musical Hairspray that was put on by the Illini Union Board and ate dinner at Wedge - my new favorite Mexican restaurant off campus (try the chicken or fish tacos!). These are just a few things going on around campus, Champaign-Urbana is a really awesome area to explore. My friends and I are trying to make the most of our time before we graduate on Saturday, May 11th! GO ILLINI! Spring has Sprung!Apr 8, 2013 2:17 pm22 views Spring is my favorite time on campus - after the cold blustery winter it's so nice to be able to get outside an enjoy Champaign! This past weekend my friends and I took advantage of the 70 degree weather by going on walks, eating frozen yogurt on the Quad, playing sand volleyball on the courts by the 6-pack and dining on the patio at Wedge, an off-campus Mexican restaurant. I can hardly believe that I only have a month of school left - I am doing everything I can to make the most of it. It seems like yesterday that I was moving into Illini Tower and I had my entire college experience lying in front of me. I really feel that I've made the most of my college career - I joined a social sorority, a business fraternity, I work in the Admissins Office and I will have interned at three different public accounting firms. I stayed very busy and active, which made these past four years enjoyable. When you come to campus next fall, I encourage you to get involved right away - whether you find a club to join a Quad Day, join an intramual team or a Greek organization - being a part of an organization and meeting other people with similiar interests really enriches a student's experience!