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December 5, 2019

This week on the 'gram

"You’re in the home stretch now, Illini! Finish this semester strong. 💪🏽"


Student Spotlight


Grace Seiffert | A Home Away From Home

Special Education sophomore Grace Seiffert has always had a passion and talent for working with children; so naturally, pursuing education was the next step. 

While on campus and away from family, Grace says the College of Education has really become her home away from home. 

"The faculty, professors, and other students are so outgoing and friendly. They've really made the College of Education a second home and become my campus family."

Read more about Grace's story here.

Do you want to be featured in The Student Spotlight? Submit your story!

Events + Opportunities

Sing Your Way Through Finals
Illinois' Dial-a-Carol is looking for volunteers! The event will start on 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, December 12 and run continuously for 7 days, ending on 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, December 18. Dial-a-Carol serves as a stress-reliever for students while also spreading some holiday cheer around the world; but they need volunteers to help staff the phones throughout the entire program. Learn more and sign up here.

Interested In Secondary Education? Come Chat
Prospective Student Meetings: Every Other Thursday; 4 p.m.
192 Education Building
Students interested in the Secondary Education minor should attend Prospective Student Meetings every other Thursday. Basic information about the minor will be reviewed and students can ask questions about the program. If you have any questions please email secedadvising@education.illinois.edu.

Take Advantage of FREE Tutoring with The Office of Minority Student Affairs
The Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA) Academic Services Center offers matched and drop-in tutoring free to University of Illinois undergraduate students. Sign up and find out more here. OMSA also offers other resources such as mentoring, workshops, and supplemental instruction. Visit omsa.illinois.edu to learn more.

Attend a Writers Workshop
As we head into the last few weeks of the semester, the Writers Workshop is hosting a variety of interactive presentations that may benefit you as you prepare your final course projects and professional materials. View the schedule here.


Learn to Manage Your Stress
December 6; 3:30- 4:30 p.m.
At times, it might feel like procrastination keeps you from truly accomplishing what's most important to you. This workshop will help you reflect on how you prioritize, learn task-management and motivation strategies, and understand the importance of self-care and allowing yourself breaks. Register here.

Interested in a One-Year Master's Degree in Business?
Information Session: December 10; 3 - 4 p.m.
3001 Business Instructional Facility (BIF)

Did you know that a one-year master's degree in business can amplify your undergraduate degree and expand your career options? Whether you are a business major or not, Gies College of Business offers graduate degrees to fit your career goals. They will provide a quick overview of each of their programs including tuition/fees, program highlights, scholarships, job outlook, and admission and application tips. Register here.

Attend the Annual EDUC 102 Poster Session
December 12; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
North Lobby
Support our James Scholar Freshmen as they present research on critical issues in education. Topics include: teacher burnout, childhood trauma, effects of school size, teacher salaries, and so many more. Light refreshments will be served.

Struggling With Test Anxiety? You're Not Alone
December 12; 12 - 1 p.m.
Many students find taking tests, completing assignments, and/or giving presentations very stressful. At times, this stress can be counterproductive and negatively impact performance. The American Test Anxieties Association estimates between 16 and 20% of college students have high anxiety when it comes to taking tests or performing well on assignments. Fortunately, there are ways to address anxiety so that you can do your best work. During the academic year, the Counseling Center offers drop-in Test Anxiety Workshops. These workshops are free for students, but space is limited, so please register in advance

Research Opportunity: Community-Academic Scholars
Application deadline: February 1
The Community-Academic Scholars Initiative provides undergraduates with an opportunity to gain research experience while addressing critical issues in our community. Scholars from disciplines across campus work with faculty and community mentors to contribute to projects related to health equity, brain health, and poverty or social inequity. This includes research projects, program evaluations, needs assessments, or similar projects. In most cases, applicants will be involved in ongoing research projects or supporting an established collaboration between faculty and community partner, but there are limited opportunities to join existing collaborations. Learn more and apply here.

Scholarships + Awards

Become a Golden Apple Scholar
The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois is a teacher preparation and tuition assistance program for freshmen and sophomores in teaching licensure majors who have the determination and drive to be excellent teachers in Illinois schools-of-need. They prepare you for immediate and lasting success in the most challenging teaching environments.

Scholars receive: up to $23,000 in financial assistance, paid residential scholar institutes, extensive classroom teaching experience, academic and social-emotional support, job placement assistance, and mentoring from award-winning teaching faculty. Learn more and apply here.

Spend the Summer in the UK as a Fulbright Scholar
Information Session: December 6; 3 - 4 p.m.
1090 Lincoln Hall
Fulbright UK Summer Institutes are fully funded opportunities for high-achieving freshman and sophomore students to explore a topic of interest in a multi-week summer program in the UK. Applicants must be US citizens.

The 2020 summer institutes are not yet announced, but to get an idea the 2019 offerings included summer programs on climate change, the performing arts, social justice, education policy, international politics, post-conflict studies, media culture, global leadership, technology and innovation …and more!

Apply For the Fred S. Bailey Scholarship For Cause Driven Leaders
Application deadline: February 16
The Bailey Undergraduate awards are $3000 awards ($1500/semester) given each year to undergraduate students at the University of Illinois who have demonstrated positive impact and commitment as a result of service, community involvement, leadership, and action. Financial need and academic achievement will also be considered. Find more information and apply here.


Career + Professional Development

Attend The Overseas Recruiting Fair
January 31 - February 1; University of Northern Iowa
Over 120+ American international schools representing 50+ countries will be in attendance at the 44th annual event. The UNI Fair gives you the opportunity to network, interview, and accept a position at the event. Over 1,000 jobs are posted with them annually, and candidates average 5 interviews each. The UNI Fair is unique, fast-paced, and an exciting place to find your next job! It is highly recommended to attend all events on Friday. 
Educators seeking their first international job attend the UNI Overseas Recruiting Fair in order to make the key personal connections that are so critical in deciding on your first overseas assignment. Learn more and register here


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