Her frequent appearances at the Cohen Center are my doing, and I'm proud. While Hillel is a wonderful place for Judaism, it's also a place for dodgeball tournaments, intense and interesting discussions (shameless ABQ plug), Girls-Night-Ins and Pizzapaloozas, Coffee Talks and basketball teams. It's a community center, and every friend I've brought in has felt welcomed, involved, and suddenly obsessed with Challah.
I got involved in Hillel as a freshman, working as an Engagement Intern for the immaculate Carly Froomkin [Burak], and have continued as an Ask Big Questions fellow (whoo ABQ yeah!!!). It was during my foray into event-planning and outreach that I realized Hillel was so much more than just a "Jewish Student Center"-it's a place I can go to make friends, a place I can go to be a part of a Jewish community. And somehow, it's the place I go when I want to talk to someone, or if I just want somewhere quiet to study.
If you haven't walked through the gleaming doors of Illini Hillel yet, you are doing yourself a great disservice. Bring a friend. Hey, bring many friends, and introduce them to all the wonders that the cool looking building on 5th and John has to offer. Also, go to an ABQ discussion. It might just change your life. Seriously, they're so fun. (I'm not biased. (I'm a little biased. (But you should still go))).
See you soon,
Ask Big Questions Fellow
General Engineering, Class of 2015