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Do people participate in the recreational activity, League of Legends, commonly termed "league" at this school? Will I be able to continue my lifelong passion while attending the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy?

Yes, very much so! In fact, the League of Legends club on campus is one of the most active video game clubs! They host both regular and 1v1 tournaments, and have teams that compete in the High School Star League online competition series, basically a series of high schools playing across the nation. Many people play in their halls, ranked and casual, and you can usually find someone willing to play. In short, we'll get you to challenger in no time.
Feinberg, 1507

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so what extra stuff do we need to do or buy if we have a macbook

Hello! There isn't really anything extra that you need to buy or do to have a Mac. Some students have a dongle, which connects your computer to the projector, but it isn't that necessary. You can always just email your presentation to a friend, and present using their computer. Sometimes, you might need to download a different software, like for the computer science course, but the teacher will give you directions and make sure you can download it. There are a lot of people with Macs at IMSA, so you could always ask another Mac owner for help. If you ever need help with anything technical, we have SCS (student computing services), who can usually help.

Tanmayee Vegesna
1502

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What type of computer should we buy that works really well and has all the requirements needed?

That depends on you! Do you want a computer that just does its computer thing and uses word-processing applications and connects to the Internet? Do you want to play games with high resolution or have a powerful processor in order to use heavier programs? Your computer at IMSA can have any of those capacities, but it is recommended that you follow the requirements for IMSA computing devices so that you can use IMSA-required programs.

PC: https://www.imsa.edu/sites/default/files/upload/ay14-noncpppurchase_1.pdf
Mac: https://www.imsa.edu/sites/default/files/upload/ay14-macpurchase_1.pdf

If you have any questions on this material, you can contact IMSA ITS at helpdesk@imsa.edu or SCS (Student Computing Services). Jake Cooley (jcooley@imsa.edu) is a team leader next year, and you can also direct questions to him.

Amahlia Su
esu@imsa.edu
Class of 2018

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Why is there a Big Sibling Committee in the first place? Is my Big Sibling answering questions?

To answer your first question, the Big Sibling Committee plans all the official Sibling Program events you and your Big Sib will hopefully go to, matches the siblings, and are in charge of this ask.fm over the summer. Not all siblings have access to the ask.fm, just the committee. This is because there are 15 of us on the committee but around 160 Big Siblings total and that would be too many people to coordinate. All of the committee members had to go through an application process for the position and are extremely invested in the program. We do occasionally reach out to none committee members to get more information and to give you the best answer. There is also the possibility that your future Big Sib may be one of us. We don't know because we haven't done the matching yet; but more than likely not, your Big Sibling is not answering questions.

Erin Lee
elee1@imsa.edu
1502

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I have heard the state of one's mental health suffers at IMSA. How can I work to prepare myself for this endeavor? -A seriously concerned sophomore

It varies by person, but yes, in some cases, students at IMSA become very stressed and their health (both mentally and physically) suffer for it. We do have a support system in place - there are counselors who students can speak with and help them evaluate their situations so they can get the help they need and many people can make it through harder times because of their friends. Nobody is alone here, and we as a community support each other through our toughest times. Your RCs are also a resource who can help you get the support you need, depending on how comfortable you are sharing with them.

There is also MHI Week, or Mental Health Initiative Week, where Student Council hosts a multitude of activities including time to play with dogs, destress activities, and informational events about mental health. CAB (Campus Activities Board) also hosts fun events throughout the year for destressing as well as making memories like bonfires with s'mores, movie nights, and Luau. The best thing you can do is find at least one person who you can trust and always talk to if you're feeling unwell or unsafe. Talking to someone will always help, even if you just feel a little better.

To prepare? There isn't a lot to do necessarily - be sure to talk with your family once you get a feel for IMSA about what you need from them in terms of support. The rigor of a boarding high school like IMSA is hard to prepare without having the experience itself, but I think a willing spirit that continues to try never can hurt.

If you ever need an ear or a safe place, my messages and room are open to you.

Amahlia Su
esu@imsa.edu
Class of 2018

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Are there practice rooms in the music wing that we can use during the day or after school to practice our instrument and/or voice?

Yes, there are four (4) practice rooms (with pianos), and you can use them anytime during school when you have a free mod or after school. They close at 10 with the main building, but sometimes security will lock them earlier if no one is using them.

Timothy Mou
1505

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What time in the morning is our first check in and when does school start and end?

Attendance will be taken at the start of every class. If you don't have a first mod class then you don't have to take attendance. The first mod starts at 8 and the last mod ends at 4:15. There is a midday break from 11:55-12:20 and most students have mods off or double mods (which are slightly shorter than two classes) at some point.

Erin Lee
elee1@imsa.edu
1502

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Is there a gym or someplace we can work out in during our free time? If so, when is it open?

yep! the fitness center, run by danny hernandez (dhernandez@imsa.edu) is usually open from 1-6pm, and after danny leaves, most days an RC supervises it until 7 or after. you can go during free mods or after school. keep in mind that at least for first semester you will have study hours from 7-9, and you cannot reschedule to go to the gym.
check out this website for more info: https://www.imsa.edu/academics/department/wellness/fitnesscenter

liana koleva
lkoleva@imsa.edu
1501

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What do you do in Moving and Learning?

In Moving and Learning there are 5 units. Sleep and Wellness, Warm ups and Cool downs, Cardio, Weight Lifting and Muscle Fitness, and Nutrition and Stress Management.

Erin Lee
elee1@imsa.edu
1502

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Is there a dance program at IMSA?

Hello!

The dance program at IMSA is one of the main parts that makes our campus fun and unique. We have SDAC, which stands for Spreading Dance Across Campus. SDAC is open to anybody who likes to dance and provides dance classes for students who want to learn how to dance. SDAC also performs at every IMSA cultural show along with other events. If you want to learn more about SDAC, you can contact Elizabeth Tang (etang@imsa.edu) or Priyanka Sarangabany (psarangabany@imsa.edu). IMSA also has a dance team, which is much more selective. Dance team prepares for various dance competitions throughout the year and performs at the annual IMSA Clash of the Halls Pep Rally. If SDAC or dance team isn't for you, there are other opportunities to dance at cultural shows as well. Every cultural show has a variety of dances that are open to anyone who wants to dance, and each dance for cultural shows also requires a choreographer. So basically, IMSA definitely has opportunities for people who like to dance.

Vinay Tummarakota
1505

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How is your Science Olympiad?

Science olympiad at IMSA is pretty good. This year we placed 7th at state 5th at regionals. We weekly practices on Thursday, and we also have tryouts for each event.

If you have any other questions feel free to contact Dr. Ahrendt or Dr. Thurmond at aahrendt@imsa.edu and jthurmond@imsa.edu

Scott Du
1505

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Hold on... You got to see HAMILTON? Was it for free, and did you actually go to Chicago to see it?

Yeah we went to Chicago to watch it but unfortunately it was not for free haha. There was a lottery and people who won the lottery got to go.

Scott Du
1505

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Wait.. We have to read Hamilton this summer?

Yea - it's your class' required sophomore reading over the summer. Don't worry, it's a really good play (and our class even got a chance to see it)!

Feinberg
1507

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what books do we read in english sophomore year

The books that you read in LEI and LEII may vary depending on the teacher and school year. This year in LEI we read a variety of short stories such as "Yellow Wallpaper" or "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" along with our required summer reading- Hamilton. In LEII read "Raisin in the Sun" "Catcher in the Rye" "The Great Gatsby" "Winesburg Ohio" "Slaughter House 5" and more.

Please keep in mind that the literature that we read in LEI and LEII does vary greatly based upon your teacher and that this list is from this year and may also likely change.

If you have any other questions Mrs. Micklo is the head of the English department and can be contacted at emicklo@imsa.edu

Scott Du
1505

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Regarding the previous question about schedules, what is the MSI thing on Wednesday?

MSI is a science class, "methods of scientific inquiry." The students work in pairs to conduct a research project, learn the statistics to interpret the data, and write a lab report in order to prepare the students for possible research opportunities junior and senior year

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What is carnival?

From IMSA's website: "You and your family are invited to attend IMSA's Carnival on Saturday, August 22, from noon-4:00 p.m. There will be food, rides, games, and more!" This is from a few years ago, but basically, there are inflatable things like bouncy castles (last year there was this really fun inflatable tug of war thingy except instead of pulling rope, it was a harness-type thing), lemonade, popcorn, face painting, photo booth, crafts, and outdoor games. It takes place the first weekend after move-in, and it's pretty fun. You get to meet a lot of your future classmates!! There's not much else to do, so I would definitely recommend going.

Liana Koleva
1501
lkoleva@imsa.edu

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How do the schedules work at IMSA? Is it like a college schedule?

Here at IMSA, we have A, B, C, D, and I days and our class periods are called "mods", which consist of 55 minutes each, or double mods, which are 100 minutes each. Some classes, such as World Languages and Math classes, are every day except for I days, while others are three days a week, such as English courses, or alternate (on A and C days or B and D days), such as double mod science and computer science classes. I days are work days, usually on Wednesdays, but sophomores have MSI in the morning if they have it that semester. All in all, I think it's more or less like a college schedule, excluding I days. :)

Chelsey Soli
rising junior
csoli@imsa.edu

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What kinds of stuff do y'all do in your free time besides hw?

I think what most people like to do when they aren't doing hw or going to club meetings is hanging out with friends; watching youtube, movies, nexflix, ect.; or going to random events on campus like bagel parties, luau, or events put on by clubs they aren't in. There are also trips off campus to local stores and even to the theater on some weekends. People usually find things to do - take the time try out new things! You'll find something you like.

Erin Lee
elee1@imsa.edu
1502

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when do we get out roommate assignments ?

The roommate assignments come out in PowerSchool over the summer (usually around mid July, but none of my friends or I can remember)

Feinberg
1507

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What is it like to be part of the LGBT+ community at IMSA? Is is somewhat large? Is there a Gay-Straight Alliance of some kind?

There's a pretty large LGBT+ community at IMSA, and IMSA is incredibly supportive of those who are a part of it. You don't have to fear much if you want to come out or talk about things you're questioning with friends or upperclassmen. I think the closest to a gay-straight alliance would be our club Spectrum which hosts events about LGBT+ community and educates those who are not a part of it. We also have Crucial Conversations, which serves to speak on smaller topics like non-traditional pronouns.

Amahlia Su
Non-binary gender/bisexual
esu@imsa.edu
Class of 2018

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Does IMSA have a Model United Nations program?

Absolutely! Model UN has not been the most active of clubs in the past, but with an entirely-changed board this year there are definitely plans to revamp the program. The biggest conference we're going to next year is NUMUN (Northwestern University Model UN), and there are plans for a few local conferences and two IMSA conferences as well.

Andy Liu
Model UN President
aliu2@imsa.edu

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How are the music, theatre, and Speech Team programs at IMSA? (Alex-this is to expand on the Speech part)

Summer Sibling Committee

Hey, Imsa has a large speech team, which regularly attends tournaments, as well as competes in the state series if you are a top competitor in your event. Imsa has each of the IHSA events, and has dedicated coaches who hold 1-2 practices a week and will coach outside of normal hours. Debate is also large at Imsa, and we have Policy, Lincoln-Douglass, Congressional, and Forum Debate. Google these for more details! Debate attends different tournaments, but also attends regularly, as well as competing in state series. Both speech and debate can attend nationals at the end of the season! I would highly recommend the program. Matthew Feinberg, 1507

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As sophomores, are we allowed to take the bunk beds apart and separate them to different sides of the room?

Yes! Many of us do, but there are some rules to follow, such as having at least one side of the bed along a wall and that the beds must not be in the way of a fire escape path. The standard room arrangement (https://www.imsa.edu/studentlife/room-arrangements) is an example of what is safe, but more guidelines are outlined in the student handbook.

Amahlia Su
esu@imsa.edu
Class of 2018

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(this is to expand on the theatre question)

We have a Drama Club, a co-curricular currently run by a student board with our advisor Ms. Julie Dowling. Drama Club runs three shows during the year, usually a larger fall show (cast upwards of 8), small winter show (cast is about 6), and spring one-acts (casts vary per one-act). There's acting, but if you don't like to act or don't make an audition, don't sweat! You can also join crew, build sets, and run shows behind the scene or sell tickets and advertise the show. We unfortunately don't do musicals at IMSA, as they haven't gone well in the past. If you have anymore questions regarding Drama Club, please feel free to message me on FB or email me!

Amahlia Su
esu@imsa.edu
Drama Tech Director
Class of 2018

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when do volunteer hours start to count

Actually this is a correction to the previous answer. Volunteer hours will most likely start getting counted after your orientation session in either June or July.
-SSC

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"Your parents leave you too soon and your kids and spouse come along late, but your siblings know you when you are in your most inchoate form. - Jeffrey Kluger Please note that this website is not an official IMSA website. For official answers, please contact IMSA Student Life