LAS Insider blog for prospective students

These students in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences write about their personal experiences and insights throughout the academic year at the University of Illinois. They offer an inside look at the College of LAS and University of Illinois.

As a high school student deciding where to attend college, evaluating what each school has to offer outside of the classroom is quite important. The University of Illinois and the Champaign-Urbana community have ample activities, events, and exciting opportunities year-round.
Interning at The White House gave me the chance to go outside my comfort zone. This experience has been the epitome of taking advantage of your undergraduate experience – make sure to take advantage of yours, too!
We’re conducting research in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon to conduct research on the river. We’re going as part of an international project to study the form of the modern-day Amazon River and to learn how it can help us interpret the deposits of such huge rivers within the ancient geological record.
Whether you spend a semester or several years on this campus, Illinois will undoubtedly define a part of you.
Internships are a wonderful way to explore the world.
Setting yourself apart from your more than 100 classmates can be a challenge. But, if you make sure you are engaged, you shouldn’t have a problem.
As a high-school student deciding where to attend college, wondering how you’re going to travel and navigate a large campus is likely a concern. The University of Illinois has various ways students get around on campus.
College can be an adjustment for many new students. For the first time, you’re on your own, not necessarily spending your whole day in class, and have to manage your own schedule with little outside help.
Managing and balancing a lot of activities and going to school is a big commitment. But how much is really too much?
As an incoming college freshman, knowing how to communicate with your instructors effectively and appropriately over email is essential to forming positive, working relationships.