By Sarah Bransley
It’s that time of year for falling leaves, the smell of wood smoke, and eating s’mores! TAG members braved the one of the first cold days of the season last Sunday at our bonfire event. Huddled around a warm grill, members enjoyed s’mores, hot dogs, and hot chocolate in the scenic atmosphere of Illini Grove.
Another TAG Meeting was held and TAG members were treated to a guest speaker, Angie Armstrong, from Thomas Paine Elementary School. Angie gave TAG members insights into volunteer opportunities at the local Urbana school systems. This is the second year that TAG members will participate as volunteers in this particular program.
Following the volunteer presentation we had TAG updates. A large portion of the update was a presentation on the TAG Blog! Members were invited to contribute to the blog and were given a glimpse of the changes planned. Social events, plans for TAG, and other topics were also covered.
Thank you to everyone who showed up and we hope to see you all at our next event!
By Sarah Bransley
TAG is an active community of transfer students which aims to provide both support for students transitioning into university life as well as a social outlet.
General meetings occur regularly (about once a month) and provide a variety of information to students. We have had speakers from LAS, the Career Center, and will soon have a volunteer opportunity meeting. Below is a typical meeting at Lincoln Hall.
Beyond our meetings we also have social events! The first social event we had was a meet-and-greet at Firehaus. It was a great turn out! We got to eat some delicious bar food and get to know our fellow transfer students.
Did you know there’s bowling in the basement of the Union? TAG members got to enjoy this student benefit at our bowling event this year. As always, pizza was in abundance and apparently more than a few strikes were made!
Our third social event was a trip to Curtis Orchard. At Curtis Orchard you can pick your own apples and pumpkins, try to find your way out of a corn maze, visit the petting zoo, take a tractor ride, and eat some delicious apple fritters! The iconic big chair is where these members decided to take their photo this year.
For more information on our meetings and social events, click on the 2014 TAG Meetings link at the top of the page or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to see you there!
Sarah Bransley is a sophomore in Integrative Biology, which is in the College of LAS. Sarah is Involved with TAG and Integrative Illini. She can be reached at email@example.com
The first few days of class is always hard for a new transfer student. It seems like everyone else already knows where to go and what to do. Then when you show up to class it seems like all your classmates are friends! The redeeming quality about the very first day of classes is that it’s known as Syllabus Day. Every teacher in every class will go over their syllabus. Unless of course you’re in a higher level class or have an especially hard professor. Hopefully you won’t have too many of those, because no one likes work on their first day.
After the first day though? Classes start hard and fast and it doesn’t stop until the end of finals week. The only way I get through everything is to stay extremely organized. Everyone has their own way of dealing with things though. Some people focus more on the connections they make with people here, while others focus more on the learning environment. I like to think that each person can find their own style of university life if they explore what UIUC has to offer. The first couple days may seem easy, but you should take advantage of the time to get yourself ready for the coming semester. There’s so many opportunities during the first week (like Quad Day!) that you’ll be tripping over them as you walk to classes. Enjoy that time while you can, because before you know it you’ll be studying for finals wondering where all that time went.