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ESC Midterm Study Sessions

ESC will be holding Midterm Study Sessions for all English and CW majors next week on October 5th-8th (Tues.-Fri.) from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.! There will be a quiet study space available in the English Building Room 150 and a collaborative workspace area in the Mary Kay Peer lounge, where you can peer-review each other’s essays! There will be free coffee and snacks available in Room 150. All are welcome!

Test Anxiety Workshops

Could you benefit from a workshop that provides strategies for managing anxiety around taking tests? The Counseling Center hosts drop-in workshops throughout the semester with tips on:

  • Remaining calm during tests and exams.
  • Getting the most from your study time.
  • Preparing effectively for tests and exams.

To register, please visit counselingcenter.illinois.edu/TestAnxiety.  The in-person sessions will take place in Lincoln Hall room 1064.

  • Tuesday, October 5, 4-5 p.m. (online–Zoom link provided when you register.)
  • Tuesday, November 30, 4-5 p.m. (in-person)
  • Tuesday, December 6, 3-4 p.m. (in-person)

There are simple, effective ways that can help you perform well on tests and not let anxiety get the best of you! These workshops are free for students.

In Focus Support Series

In Focus is a four-week series that offers education and support for students who commonly experience difficulties associated with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). You do not need to have an official diagnosis to get involved.  This series is interactive and gives students practical tips for improving focus.

We’ll cover:
• Goal Setting
• Procrastination
• Time Management
• Stress Management and Self-Care

In Focus will be offered in-person twice for Fall 2021. The first series will be offered Wednesdays from 1 to 2:20 p.m. on September 29 until October 20. The second series will be offered Wednesdays from 1 to 2:20 p.m. on October 27 until November 17.

For more information and to register, please go to counselingcenter.illinois.edu/InFocus.

Registration is limited, so please sign up as soon as possible to ensure you get a place!

OMSA Fall Tutoring Offerings

EVent dates and application deadlines approaching

Humanities Gateway Internship in Public Media and Civic Engagement
Deadline:  October 4, 2021

Undergraduate majors in humanities disciplines are invited to apply for a paid internship in Public Media and Civic Engagement sponsored by the Humanities Research Institute (HRI), the campus humanities hub, in partnership with Illinois Public Media (IPM), the public broadcasting service of the University of Illinois (your local NPR/PBS station). The successful candidate will work for IPM and will be supervised by the station’s Director of Engagement and Educational Outreach in close collaboration with the department of news and public affairs. The intern will help produce community listening sessions for WILL staff, blog about the activities of our early childhood program known as The Book Mentor Project, and help build the groundwork for a new campus film festival called “Reel Midwest.”

To be considered for this internship, candidates must be humanities majors and possess strong writing and communications skills, excellent attention to detail, the ability to work independently, have good public speaking skills and an investigative mind. A broad interest in the humanities is preferred.

Critical Language Scholarship Information Session
Location: 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building
Date: Oct 1, 2021   3:00 – 4:00 pm

The Critical Language Scholarship, provided by the U.S. Department of State, is a fully-funded, intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for undergraduate and graduate students.  A list of eligible languages is available here.

The CLS institutes cover one academic year of university-level language coursework in 8 to 10 weeks over the summer, and include cultural programming, local language partners, and excursions. Participants receive academic credit at their U.S. institutions.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age and enrolled in a degree-granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level.  For more information, please visit: http://www.clscholarship.org/.

Provost’s Undergraduate Student Advisory Board 
Deadline: October 4, 2021

Are you looking for opportunities to get involved? Are you looking for ways to advocate for your fellow colleagues? What about developing your leadership skills and working together with peers and campus leadership to strengthen our community? If so, we have the perfect opportunity for you!

The Office of the Provost is now accepting applications for appointment to the 2021-2022 Provost’s Undergraduate Student Advisory Board.

This year, the Advisory board’s primary focus will be improving undergraduate students’ sense of belonging and fostering inclusive campus environments.

The Application can be accessed here:  https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/562596319.

Interested in a career in information science?

The I-School is partnering with 26 institutions to host the inaugural INFOcon 2021 event, which will showcase the breadth and depth of the information profession. This event is intended for prospective students interested in learning about career paths and research topics in information sciences.

The event is free, and attendees are welcomed to join sessions that interest them the most.

Registration is limited. RSVP today by clicking HERE.

Sunday Resume, Cover Letter, and LinkedIn Reviews

Get feedback on your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile without having to schedule an appointment. Reviews are via Zoom. Click here to begin your Sunday drop-in review:


MUSE scholars program deadline extended
This fall, due to the ongoing pandemic, the MSU Department of English will host the 3rd Annual MUSE Scholars workshop for prospective graduate students virtually in November. The application deadline has been extended to October 11th. The dates of the virtual program will be forthcoming soon. The MUSE Scholars Program (Mentoring Underrepresented Scholars in English) was launched during the fall of 2018, with an inaugural cohort of eight scholars. The Fall 2021 workshop MUSE workshop is directed at prospective English graduate students from underrepresented groups, including students of African American, Latinx and Chicanx, Asian American, Native American, and Indigenous descent. The all-expenses-paid workshop will allow students to learn more about the English Department, visit graduate classes and co-curricular activities (lectures, film screenings, Research Workshops), meet with our graduate faculty and graduate students, and receive individual feedback from the faculty on their application materials for graduate school. Students will also have the opportunity to present their research to faculty. The workshop aims to introduce prospective students to a robust culture of mentoring essential for a rewarding graduate school experience, and a thriving life in academia.

Don’t forget these!

Montage arts journal accepting submissions

Montage Arts Journal, the university’s undergraduate literary magazine, is now open for submissions! We welcome all publishable forms of art—photography, paintings, sketches, digital art, collages, sculptures, poetry, prose, creative nonfiction, drama, and more. This semester’s reading period closes December 15th, but submissions can be emailed to montagejournal@gmail.com anytime before then. Please see https://montagejournal.wordpress.com for more information. We look forward to reviewing your work!

curious about research? Ask an ambassador!

Undergraduate Research Ambassadors are accepting virtual meetings with students throughout the semester. Staff from the Office of Undergraduate Research are available for one-on-one virtual and in-person meetings to answer any questions you have about undergraduate research at Illinois.

Schedule an appointment today at: http://go.illinois.edu/AskOUR

call for submissions

The Foundationalist, an intercollegiate literary journal out of the University of Iowa, accepts undergraduate literary essays, poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. There are no page limits or themes.  If selected, the author’s writing will be published on academia.edu and in print format.

The deadline for submissions is October 10th, 2021 at midnight. More information can be found on www.thefoundationalist.com and submissions and other queries can be sent to thefoundationalist@gmail.com.

illinois club scholarships

The Illinois Club awards a number of scholarships annually.  The following three are open to rising juniors and seniors in all majors including English and creative writing (one is specifically for pre-teaching students):

Global Focus Award
Open to any major. Applicants must have international experience or an internationally focused program of study. For example: second-language study, study abroad, internships or volunteering abroad, international career plans. Applicants must demonstrate how their internationally focused work and/or volunteer plans will make a difference in the world.

Humanities and Social Sciences Award
Open to all students majoring or minoring in the Humanities or Social Sciences. Applicants must demonstrate the benefits that studying the Humanities or the Social Sciences provides to themselves and their community.

Isabelle Purnell Education Award
Open to students earning a Secondary Education Certificate or College of Education majors. Applicants must demonstrate how they hope to make a difference in the classroom and in students’ lives.

Apply at go.illinois.edu/TICScholarship  by October 16.

You must be an undergraduate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, have earned at least 60 credit hours by the beginning of the Spring 2022 semester, and graduate no earlier than December 2022.

A minimum GPA of 3.0 at both the time of application and winning of award is also required.

Contact: scholarship@theillinoisclub.org

News writers wanted

The College of LAS Office of Communications and Marketing is seeking news interns to help keep print and online audiences informed on the activities of alumni and the latest developments on campus. Are you able to write well and accurately by a deadline? Are you comfortable conducting interviews? Does the idea of covering research, teaching, and student life in the largest college on campus appeal to you? If so, apply here. 

atlas internship program

ATLAS is interviewing for the Fall 2021 semesterApplications are accepted from all undergraduate LAS studentsOpen positions include content creation, social media strategist, communications, and website content. Internships consist of a minimum of 10 hours a week and can be online, in personor hybrid. If you are interested, apply here.

Tuesday @7 counseling center workshops


Need to talk to someone?

The Counseling Center has resumed face-to-face services for all counseling modalities except group (which will remain on Zoom). They are also offering online scheduling for initial appointments and you are also welcome to reach out to the embedded LAS counselor, Andy Novinska, at anovinsk@illinois.edu.

DATES and DEadlines

CT/Curriculum Changes for Spring 2022
Monday, Oct. 4 through Friday, Oct. 29

Deadline to drop, CR/NCR, or elect Grade Replacement in a full semester course
Friday, Oct. 15

Second half-session courses begin
Monday, Oct. 18

Deadline to add a second half-session course
Friday, Oct. 22

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