Fall 2014: Past TAG Events

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.

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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 taguiuc@gmail.com. We’d love to see you there!

The First few Days of Class

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 sbransley@gmail.com

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 sbransley@gmail.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.

A new semester!


The Fall 2013 semester has started and TAG would like to welcome the new LAS transfers to our college, and welcome our returners back to campus!

We had an excellent new LAS Transfer Welcome and Orientation last Friday, August 23rd.

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Aren’t they a fine looking group?

We will also be having a TAG Kick-Off event tomorrow, Friday, August 30th at 5pm in the Illini Grove.  If you did not get a chance to RSVP, that is fine, you can just show up!  We’ll have burgers, hot dogs, refreshments, as well as games and prizes!

Some new additions to this site are the pages for General Meetings and the 2013 Fall Mentors.  All general meetings are set for the semester, so please check-out the tab above and add them to your calendar.  Our first meeting will be next Tuesday, so we hope to see you there!

If you are a new transfer student, and would like to talk to a continuing LAS student who was also a transfer student at one time, please check out the Mentors tab above and feel free to email a mentor with your questions.  They are here to help!

Keep checking for more updates and we hope to see you at our meetings and events!