By Mea Donnelly
The excitement of becoming a UIUC student grows tremendously the summer before arrival. New stuff, new friends and new opportunities waiting on campus help to fuel this excitement. Students plan to do so well in school that it is unreal- then they get here. It’s much harder to carry out plans of success solely based on the fact that the Wi-Fi, everyone’s lifeline to society, is nearly nonexistent here.
One would think that with the tuition bills every student has to pay to be on this campus, the administrators would do everything in their power to give every student the opportunity to be their absolute best. But unfortunately, this isn’t the case.
I like to tell my roommate that IllinoisNet is a lot like the worst kind of ex: unreliable and cruel- unreliable in the sense that it likes to randomly kick people off of the network and seems to stop working right around that online paper deadline, and cruel in the sense that it will randomly kick you off in the middle of an assignment (and of course it’s the one time you forget to save as you go). IllinoisNet is hands down the worst part of being a UIUC student.
I urge all students to band together and do something about it. Maybe we could form a club that carries around free Wi-Fi for people to use that will actually work. Or maybe we could start a petition to get the administration to pay for Wi-Fi that will give us students a chance to really perform to our full capabilities. On a campus where almost all homework is handled on online services such as Lon Capa or Compass, it is simply unacceptable that the Wi-Fi is this horrendous.
So please, I beg of you, administrators of UIUC, get this world-class campus a world-class level Wi-Fi.
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“Goodbye Wi-Fi, Hello WiGig.” ComputerWeekly. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Oct. 2015.