Student Blog

The Top 5 Reasons to Choose Illinois

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 10:00   I'm often asked: What makes the University of Illinois so special? Glad you asked! Here is a list of the top 5 reasons I've loved earning my Materials Science & Engineering degree at Illinois. 
Monica Paul

MatSE Study Abroad - Spain Edition!

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 22:00   Hi! My name is Monica and I’m a junior in Materials Science and Engineering with a concentration in Metals and a minor in International Engineering with a focus in Spain. Ever since I was little, I always daydreamed about traveling to faraway places to meet new people, taste new foods, and see exciting new things.
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Study Music

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 14:45   If you’re like me, you’re unable to do pretty much anything without some sort of acoustic stimulation, and you need playlists for every occasion in your life, including studying! Here are a few of my favorite songs, albums, and playlists (which are on Spotify) for getting work done.  
Green donut from local bakery

Best Restaurants in Urbana-Champaign

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:15   I absolutely love to eat and cook, and tour restaurants wherever I go! In the 3.5 years I’ve been a student at the University of Illinois, I’ve tried to visit every restaurant that I can. In no particular order, here are my favorite restaurants in the Champaign-Urbana area.
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How to Survive Winter in Illinois

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 08:00   If you’re coming to UIUC from out of state, and have never experienced a winter colder than 25 degrees, you might be a little concerned about what you are getting yourself into.
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Student blog: How to help cope with the stress of finals

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 08:00   It’s that time of year again where students are tucked away in Grainger, hiding underneath piles of study guides, and constantly refreshing the Compass 2G homescreen.
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Student Blog: Sandia National Lab Internship with Devon Goszkowicz

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 08:00   Hi! My name is Devon and I am a senior in Materials Science & Engineering, with a concentration in Metals and a minor in Linguistics. Welcome to the MatSE Blog! First, a little about me: I grew up in Japan and Belgium as the daughter of a Navy fighter pilot and an ER Nurse, but my family currently lives in Oxford, Mississippi.
John Shimarek

Student Blog: What I Wish I Knew as a Freshman at MatSE

Sun, 01/29/2017 - 08:00   Being a freshman is an interesting year of transition. Like anything in life, just starting is the hardest part. We talked to some MatSE upperclassmen on what they wished they would have known or experienced when they were freshmen — and here’s what they had to say. John Shimanek: