Chapter 1 of Misha Rezvi's Illini story begins at Allen Hall, where she lived her freshman and sophomore years.
"It was the best place for a 17-year-old Pakistani girl to show up and find her American family. My roommate from Allen Hall is still one of my closest friends and I just attended her baby shower," says Rezvi, who earned her bachelor's degree in economics from the UI, then followed it up with a master's in digital media from Columbia.
She makes her living these days as a multimedia journalist. What started with a four-month internship on CNN's former Campbell Brown Show has led to roles with Thomson Reuters, ABC News and PBS' Frontline, where she won an Emmy for outstanding research for the film "Outlawed in Pakistan."
Now living in New York, Rezvi misses the "majestic" main Quad, the Illini Union and her favorite places to eat and drink in Campustown.
"Murphy’s has to be mentioned as our favorite hangout spot on Wednesday nights for logo night," she says.
Close behind: "the coffee from Espresso Royale and the pizza from Za’s.”