Weekly Round-Up

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esa welcomes you 😊

ESA (English Student Association) will be hosting their annual Welcome Event next Wednesday, August 30th @ 4:30 p.m. in front of the English Building (on the Quad side)! All new, continuing, and prospective students are encouraged to come and get acquainted while eating pizza and doing crafts. Materials for bracelet making, blackout poetry, and coloring pages will be provided. Hope to see you there!

To learn more about ESA contact esaillinois1867@gmail.com.

LAS Career Services Upcoming Events

LAS – Fall Career Fairs and YOU
Aug 29 @ 3:30 pm or Sept 6 @ 4 pm

Fall campus career fairs are open to all students, regardless of major. Not sure career fairs are for you? Come to this informal workshop to learn how you as an LAS student can stand out. Note: the first job fair is the Illinois Part-Time Job Fair on Aug 30 at the Illini Union 11-3 pm.

Resume Workshop for LAS Students 
Sept 5 @ 3:30 pm
Learn to put together a resume that will help you move forward to the future you want. This informal and interactive workshop focuses on the strengths that LAS students bring to internships and jobs. We will cover current resume best practices, as well as strategies for showcasing your skills to give employers the information about you that they need.

Need Career Wear? UIUC/JCPenney Suit-Up Event on Sept 9 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm can help you get ready. The Career Center has arranged this to help you be ready and look as smart as you are.

Some of the above links take you to Handshake; you will need to create an account and then you’ll be able to access Handshake events to sign up. Note that you can also (in many cases) turn up to an event without signing up beforehand. If you’re uncertain whether pre-registration is mandatory for a given event, email las-careerservices@illinois.edu.

Speaking of career fairs, if you’d like to volunteer to help out at the ACES + LAS Career Fair, please sign up via this link. If you’re nervous about attending career fairs, this might be a good way to get a sense of what they’re like first from behind the scenes!

undergraduate research opportunities

Want to keep up with research-related opportunities and events hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUA)? Subscribe to OUA’s monthly newsletter and you won’t miss a thing!

You might also want to learn more about the Humanities Research Institute (HRI), particularly opportunities for undergraduates (did you know that they hire student interns and that some of them are English or creative writing majors?) in which case you should check out the Undergraduate section on the HRI website.

scholarship opportunity coming up soon!

The Illinois Club provides scholarships to outstanding students in the areas of global studies, humanities and social sciences, science and engineering, education, and art. You must be an undergraduate at UIUC and have earned 60 credit hours by the Spring 2024 semester and be planning to graduate no earlier than December 2024. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is also expected. The applications for these scholarships open on September 5th and will be live until 5pm CST on October 14th, 2023. More information is available at Illinois Club Scholarships.

Pre-health? The Career Center can help!

If you’re interested in working in a health field (we know that not all pre-med students are biology majors!) consider attending the Pre-Health Kick-Off on September 6!

internship opportunity

Applications Open for Social Justice Leadership Interns
Application Deadline: Friday, September 1 by 5:00 PM

If you are an Illinois student with a passion for supporting student success through workshops, trainings, tabletop games, and social media, and you would like to work to promote an inclusive campus community, this is the position for you!

amazing alumni

Congratulations to English department alumnus Andy Sima on the recent publication of Climate: Our Changing World, a book in the Science in Action series for middle-grade readers. Andy graduated from Illinois with majors in creative writing and environmental sustainability and we’re delighted to hear of his success!

accessible counseling resources

It can be hard to take the first step when you’re in need of counseling, so for ease of access the College of LAS has its own embedded counselor, Andy Novinska and you can contact him directly to schedule an appointment at anovinsk@illinois.edu.

Students can also access Counseling Center services by calling 217-333-3704 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday – Friday to set up an appointment via the same-day scheduling system. There is also an online scheduling system (please note that appointments are limited via this option so if you try to schedule online and cannot find anything that works please call the office or email Andy).

Workshops for Test Anxiety, ADHD Symptoms, Perfectionism, Body Image, etc. can be found here.

invitation from the provost’s office

Dear Students, 

Are you looking for opportunities to get involved and work 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 2023-2024 Student Success Undergraduate Advisory Board. 

The board is a group of diverse undergraduate students who volunteer to serve as advisors to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Provost and Student Success @ Illinois. They aim to accurately portray the current realities of the undergraduate experience by articulating the highlights and challenges of being a student at the university. As representatives of the undergraduate population at Illinois, their objective is to convey what could make a successful undergraduate student experience. 

The Application can be accessed here:  https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/2104101941

If selected to participate as a Board member, appointments will be for one full academic year. All applications are due Friday, September 8, 2023, at 11:59 PM CDT.

We hope you will consider applying because your voice is a critical part of the work that we do to ensure your success while at Illinois and beyond graduation!


Kathy Martensen

Associate Provost for Educational Programs and Success Initiatives

Important deadline

Please remember that Friday, September 1 is the deadline to add a full-semester course (aka “10th day”) and thus the deadline to perfect/finalize your fall schedule.

This is also the deadline for new students and students on academic probation to check in with the English advising office. As a reminder, we do not schedule appointments via email. Please call the office at 217-333-4346 and we will get you on the calendar.

Information for New Students❤


We hope you’re excited to begin your journey here at Illinois, and we want to give you some information about how we do advising. The information that follows is also available on the departmental advising site. You should be prepared for the possibility of change as we move through this semester, so bookmark the advising page and check the blog regularly to stay in the loop and up to date! We look forward to working with you all and we want to keep advising procedures as clear, smooth, and accessible as possible. 


We are asking all new students to check in with an advisor in some way during the first two weeks of the semester. This is to let us know how you’re doing, whether you’re satisfied with your schedule, and (crucially) whether there are any problems we might be able to help you solve. Even if everything seems fine, please do your check-in (at least send an email) so that we know you’re settled in. A good time to do this is once you’ve attended the first meeting of each of your classes (i.e. toward the end of the first week).  The last day to add a semester class to your schedule (in case you do want to swap a class you don’t like out for something else) is Friday, September 1, so you must complete your check-in by then. 

You can connect with us in the following ways:

  • You can email your questions and concerns, and we will email you back. If you have already worked with a particular advisor and would like to email her directly you may, or you can email englishadvising@illinois.edu in which case Anna, Keshia, and Nancy will all see your message and the first person available to reply will do so.
  • If you want to talk to an advisor in real time, please schedule an appointment by calling the office at 217-333-4346 (we do not schedule appointments via email). If you have to leave a message, please include your name, UIN, the reason for the appointment, and your preferred advisor (if any). Someone will get back to you as soon as possible. Depending on the urgency of your questions and our availability you may need to schedule a virtual appointment, but if you prefer to meet in person please let us know.  

That’s it for now!  Let us know if you have questions or need help, and we wish you all a happy and safe fall semester!


Anna, Keshia, & Nancy

End-of-Summer Round-Up

Greetings! We hope you’ve all enjoyed the summer break and found some opportunities for relaxation. With the fall semester fast approaching, here are some bits and pieces of information we think might be of interest. Remember, in an effort to avoid bombarding you with emails we use this blog as a virtual notice board, so please check it regularly to avoid missing out on opportunities!

LAS career services

Drop-in sessions:

Lincoln Hall (Hub)
Tuesdays – 1:00- 3:00 pm

105 Greg Hall
Tuesdays – 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Wednesdays – 1:30-3:30 pm
Thursdays – 1:30-4:30 pm
Fridays – 11:00am-Noon (resume reviews)

Upcoming Events:

Aug 21, 1:30-4 : Fall Kick-off, Special Drop-in Session with Coffee in 105 Greg Hall

Pre-Law Resources

Following are some resources for pre-law students.

  • Pre-Law Advisory Council: Class of 2027 Representatives! We are looking forward to welcoming two representatives from the Class of 2027 to the 2023-2024 Pre-Law Advisory Council.  Applications are due August 30 and can be accessed on our website.
  • Instagram: PLAS is on Instagram @uiucprelaw! We share updates, news, events, and celebrations through our account. This is an excellent way for students to stay connected!
  • Year-In-Review Highlights: We had an exciting year filled with new initiatives and renewed traditions.  Our Year-In-Review highlights reel is a great way to learn more about our events, initiatives, and programs, click here to view!
  • Prospective Student Video:  Prospective students, current students, and family members can learn more about our office in this short introductory video:  https://mediaspace.illinois.edu/media/t/1_1bcf4lx5

As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to prelaw@illinois.edu.

illinois neurodiversity initiative

HDFS 199 Academic Strategies: A 2-credit hour course for neurodivergent students to improve academic performance. Students will learn concrete strategies to get started on uninteresting work, meet deadlines, manage stress, organize information, take notes, study for tests, advocate for supports and more. Email jjkramer@illinois.edu for instructor approval.

HDFS 199 INI Independent Living Skills: This 1-credit course teaches neurodivergent students information on adulting. Learn how to plan for and prepare meals, manage your money, meet your healthcare needs, keep your spaces clean and organized, travel… all the things you need to know but no one teaches you! Email jjkramer@illinois.edu for instructor approval.

consulting opportunities

Illinois Business Consulting (IBC), Illinois Design Consulting (IDC), and EntreCorps provide excellent opportunities for students from ALL colleges to build their resumes and sharpen their skills by working on projects for real-world clients, and applications for each organization are now open!

library resources

Here are a couple of library resources you may not be aware of:

Student Food Pantry

There is a food panty located in the Orange Room of the Main Library where students can grab some food to fuel up! No information is required of them, they can simply stop by and get what they need.

Family Study Room

Students who have children of their own or help take care of them should know that children are welcomed in the library. There are Family Study Kits available to check out for use in the library that kids can play with while their caretakers study.

dates and deadlines

August 18: LAS Lift-Off for New Incoming Students
August 20: Quad Day
August 21: Classes Start
September 1: Last day to add a full semester course
September 4: Labor Day holiday–no classes