My favorite first moments in LAS

Alisha Alam is a senior in political science. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors, hiking, boxing, trying every food spot on campus before graduation, art, music, thrifting, and spending time with different RSOs.

Choosing LAS felt like a no-brainer when I realized how many options there are to explore your path in college. I really appreciate how interdisciplinary my major is—I get to take a bunch of different classes in different areas on topics that I'm genuinely passionate about. Plus, the diversity in both classes, people, and experiences you have within LAS is amazing!

Even from my first few months in LAS, I knew I belonged at UIUC. Here are some of my favorite first moments on campus!

One of the first nights on campus, we got to spend a night walking around exploring, and we stopped by Insomnia Cookies for the first time.

Two photographs: A group of students at Insomnia Cookies and Alisha reaching for a cherry blossom at the Japan house
Enjoying our cookies at Insomnia / Reaching for cherry blossoms at the Japan House

Sunrises on top of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts are a staple, and sharing them with my friends is definitely a highlight of being on campus and finding new spots to enjoy.

Students enjoy watching the sunrise on Krannert's rooftop.
Enjoying the sunrise from Krannert's rooftop

Just down the road from UIUC is Curtis Orchard. My first semester, we explored the orchard to pick up pumpkins and apple cider donuts for our dorm. Getting to explore the Champaign area around campus is one of the best aspects of living in a college town!

Two photographs: Alisha and a friend on the Main Quad, dressed in Illini gear. Alisha and a friend at Curtis Orchard, holding pumpkins.
All dressed up for a basketball game / Picking pumpkins at Curtis Orchard

During my freshman year I got the chance to get involved in different registered student organizations. Even in my first semester on campus I met some of my best friends for the last four years!

A group of students
Illinois Enactus, an RSO dedicated to creating sustainable enterprises to address social and environmental issues

No matter your interests, I know you’ll have an amazing first year at UIUC!

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Alisha Alam