Mosey on down to Green Street these days and you’ll see one luxury high-rise after another — student housing with shiny hardwood floors, oversized hot tubs and stainless steel appliances.
In other words, pretty much the exact opposite of the place Molly Nagle ('15) and friends called home.
“No one place epitomizes my fond memories of the University of Illinois more than Apartment 301 in the ‘Green Balcs’ at the corner of Third and John Street in Champaign," says the segment producer for ABC News.
"The building was rather rundown, which led to some particularly hilarious stories about maintenance — when we reported a large crack in our ceiling, the maintenance team told one of my roommates that they would paint the whole ceiling to fix it because ‘it was all one piece.’
“Sad infrastructure aside, the apartment I shared with four of my best friends was full of shenanigans, roommate dinners, sweatpants chats about our respective nights out, and yes, even some studying.
"I still reminisce about the many nights getting ready with my roommates — who were headed to separate bars — and planning to meet up at Red Lion at the end of the night because ‘it’s on the way home.’
“It’s a time I wouldn’t trade for the world, and would give anything to have back for one more night. A year after leaving campus, I sent my roommates a 'Galentine’s Day' gift — a key chain with the coordinates to the rundown apartment on the corner of Third and John, which will always have a special place in our hearts.
"It’s still on my keys today.”