Why Live in Intersections?
Intersections is truly a diverse community, but it's not just a place where a bunch of different people are thrown together and expected "to get along." Intersections actually gives you lots of opportunities to do stuff together and talk about cultural differences. Most of the time, it's about you figuring out who you want to be friends with. Intersections makes it easier to cross social barriers. At the same time, it gives you "permission" to be yourself wherever you come from.
If you're coming from a diverse high school and want to continue that experience, Intersections is for you. On the other hand, if you came from a school you feel was not very diverse and want a new kind of experience, then Intersections is for you too.
Year after year, student who live in Intersections say that it gave them a great community where they got to know each other well. Let's face it, unless you're bold, it can be hard to strike up a conversation with a person sitting next you in a lecture hall with 500 students. Plus, staff at Intersections can help point you towards resources for many issues you many face from finding a job to dealing with a health concern.
Intersections students are very social, and they also get down to business when it comes to classes. The students here want to succeed, get their degrees, and go out into the world. One thing you gain from Intersections is the skill to interact effectively with many different types of people.
Intersections provides unique opportunities you wouldn't necessarily think you could have! For example, most first year students don't have the opportunity to work closely with faculty members. Intersections offers the Researchers Initiative where you get to work with faculty on their research and get paid too! We've also taken amazing trips, for example, to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, OH.
When you are a first year student, the opportunities can seem overwhelming. Intersections gives you a place to start exercising those leadership skills. Intersections has the resources to support your creating programs and groups. As a sophomore, you can apply to become an Outstanding Mentor for Intersections (OMI) where you plan the next year's Orientation and mentor new Intersections students. Plus, you get a nice gift card to the Illini Union Bookstore to help pay for those books!
Please feel free to call Lydia Khuri, Intersections Program Director, at 217.265.6276 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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