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CS Student Opportunity Series (CS SOS)

Welcome to the CS Student Opportunity Series!

The CS Student Opportunity Series (SOS) provides tools and resources for undergraduate students in CS majors to grow academically, professionally, and personally.  Each semester, students hear presentations from experts about a variety of topics.  

Thanks to students from CS Registered Student Organizations, each presentation includes a student panel to help CS students practically implement strategies for success.

Drinks and snacks are provided at each on-campus event. Fall 2020 events will be virtual.

Fall 2020 SOS Communi-Tea

Starting in November, join together to socialize each Thursday from 10:30 to 11:30 am CST. We can talk about classes, Fall 2020 changes, job hunts, stressful things, or  other topics that are meaningful to you. Bring your own tea or coffee and connect with CS students and advising in this weekly event. No worries if you cannot join at the beginning or stay the whole time--join when you are available. All are welcome!

The Communi-Tea event will take place on the following Thursdays: November 5th, 12th, and 19th, December 3rd and 10th.

Join at the following Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 851 0978 9911 | Password: SOS

CS Student Opportunity Series

Presentations offered in partnership with the following: the College of LAS Embedded Counselor Andy Novinska, CS Student Organizations, Engineering Career Services (ECS), and Counseling Center Paraprofessionals (CCP).
Download PDF // More information, including self-help brochures, can be found on the Counseling Center webpage.

Fall 2020 Presentations

**Presentations will be offered virtually. Recording will be available on the CS SOS Media Space Channel after the event date.

Date/Time Subject
Friday, September 11th 10 AM

Addressing Mental Health Basics
Join via Zoom:
978 3570 6391 | Password: CS SOS

Tuesday, September 15th 1 PM Today's Job Search (ECS)
Join via Zoom:
975 4301 2370 | Password: CS SOS
Friday, September 25th 11 AM

Distant Socializing & Staying Socially Active
Join via Zoom:
912 9599 2849 | Password: CS SOS

Monday, October 5th 11 AM Study Techniques & Environments (CCP)
Join via Zoom:
933 1730 3386 | Password: CS SOS
Monday, October 12th 11 AM Anxiety & Stress Management
Join via Zoom:
949 3597 0019 | Password: CS SOS

CS Registered Student Organization Events for Fall 2020

WCS Bits & Bytes Mentorship Program:

Bits N Bytes is a family program to provide our members a way to actively meet and hang out with each other! As part of a Bits N Bytes family, Bits can get ‘insider’ advice from their experienced Bytes about life at UIUC and Illinois CS, and build a social community. To be a Bit, you must be a freshman studying or interested in CS or a transfer student who is new to Illinois CS. To be a Byte, you must either be a WCS Officer or an upperclassman or graduate student studying within Illinois CS. You can find the Bit and Byte applications and more program info here.

CS Mental Health Committee (CSMHC):

The CS Mental Health Committee forum is a safe, open space where students can discuss challenges they may be experiencing with mental health, as well as tips and tricks that your peers have found to be instrumental to their well-being as UIUC students. You can also find a curated list of department, college, campus, and external resources built by students and staff for anyone seeking out mental health support.

CS Mindfulness Mondays:

Every Monday throughout Summer 2020, CS student organizations the CS Mental Health Committee and ACM@UIUC host Mindfulness Mondays, a series of tips, tricks, and resources shared by current Illinois Computer Science students that they’ve found to be instrumental to their success during their time here. Like and follow their Facebook and Instagram pages to stay up-to-date with the latest tips, and view the entire collection (

CS Facebook Class of 2024 and Tip Series

Any new CS student for Fall 2020, including freshmen and transfer students, interested in joining the CS Facebook Class of 2024 page and/or interested in joining the CS Tip Series, please email Heather Zike ( for more information. This page is only available to CS students at Illinois with approval to join.

ACMxWCSxBAAC Mentoring Program:--Ended for Fall 2020--

CS student organizations ACM, WCS, and BAAC have collaborated to offer a mentorship program open to new CS and ECE students (including freshmen and transfer students). All students who apply will be matched with a continuing student based on similarity. Mentorship events will continue through the school year including social and information events.