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Careers and Extracurricular Development
Student Activities and Forms
LAS 101 Freshman Seminar Interns
LAS 101 Freshman Seminar Interns are accomplished juniors and seniors who are willing to share their college experiences with first-term students by serving as student mentors.
They each lead a section of the LAS 101 Freshman Seminar and are really excited to meet their students.
They are among the best and brightest of our LAS students and we are very fortunate to have them with us for the Fall 2012 semester.
Read the bios below to meet the LAS 101 director, graduate assistants, and interns.
Apply to Be an LAS 101 Freshman Seminar Intern
LAS 101 Freshman Seminar Interns meet once a week, in one-hour sessions, with a class of 20 to 25 students in LAS 101, a course designed to assist first-term students in making a successful transition from high school to the University, both academically and socially. In the LAS 101 classes, interns will familiarize their students with University resources, facilitate dialogue and discussion, and promote collaborative learning. An LAS 101 Internship offers our best and brightest students the opportunity to help others while enhancing their own skills and preparing for their chosen professions or advanced scholarship.
Interns will attend a one-hour weekly meeting with other interns to plan for each week’s classes and participate in seminars designed to further their own leadership and professional skills. Interns will receive 3 hours of advanced-level credit for this service.
Application deadline for Fall 2013 internships: 4 p.m., Friday, February 8, 2013
LAS 101 Director
Hello everyone! I’m so proud to be the Director of the LAS Freshman Seminar. Our program has been designed to give our first-term students the best start possible on their college careers. I know you will enjoy it and will learn so much about our campus and the rigors of college life. Our interns are all very successful upper-class men and women who are passionate about UI and want to help all the new students get on the right path toward their own successful years here on campus and beyond. They have some great tips to share with you. Our TAs are simply the best and they too will be on hand to help you all succeed. I’m so excited to meet all of you in LAS 101! Welcome to U of I and welcome to LAS!
LAS 101 Graduate Assistants
I’m a PhD candidate in English (American literature), and I’m finishing my dissertation on African American novels and education. This is my third year working with LAS 101, and I love the course. I wish I could have taken something like it when I was an undergrad at the University of Helsinki in Finland. I hope I get a chance to visit as many of the sections as the interns will invite me to this semester, and I want all our students have a successful transition into college life. That doesn’t mean that the semester will not be challenging and, at times, difficult, but that’s all part of the learning experience. Welcome to the University of Illinois!
Greetings,my name is Jamil D. Johnson and I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership (EPOL) on the University of Illinois campus. I am from the south side of Chicago. My research is looking at the educational pipeline of African American in higher education programs (specifically PhD programs). I consider myself an ”academic activist,”—my research is giving back to the community to empower those from disadvantaged communities. Further, I want to ensure that first-year students get high quality information that will make them academically and professionally successful throughout their undergraduate career. I am a proud Illini—I have earned my Bachelors of Arts degree in history (May 2005) and my Master’s of Arts degree in educational policy studies (August 2006) from the University of Illinois. I also have the distinction of being a Diversifying Faculty in Illinois Fellow (DFI) and Education Pioneers Fellow (New York City 2012).
Welcome new students! You are joining both a great University cmmunity and our remarkable College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Remember: you are now a member of a history that dates back to 1867 and includes Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, Olympic athletes, astronauts and engineers, actors and writers, doctors and scientists, leaders in politics and industry—some of the brightest women and men impacting our world on a daily basis. This did not happen by accident as you have already found academic success, but the challenges only get wider and deeper here at Illinois. So take complete advantage of your undergraduate experience by studying hard, meeting new people, involving yourself on campus, having fun—a complete collegiate experience. In regards to my own biography, I am a doctoral student in the Department of Communication and am enjoying my third year as a member of the LAS 101 administrative team. Our team continues to evaluate and elevate the LAS 101 experience to best meet your needs and interests. Please stop by my office hours or set up an appointment to discuss your grades, your class or anything about your transition to the University. Again, welcome to campus, I look forward to a rewarding semester.
Hello, incoming class of 2016! I graduated from the University of Illinois in December of 2011 with a major in psychology and a minor in business. I’m continuing onto my graduate education at the U of I as I enter my first year at the School of Labor and Employment Relations. My goal is to earn my Master’s in human resources and industrial relations and to eventually land a job in human resource management. I’ve been involved with the Liberal Arts and Sciences department for a majority of my time at the University—I’ve been an Intern for the past two years and am signing-on as the newest LAS 101 Teaching Assistant. I’m also the Chapter Advisor of my fraternity, Delta Upsilon. When blessed with free time I enjoy doing my favorite hobbies of running, golf, and snowboarding. I hope you all are excited to be at this prestigious institution and realize the privilege it is to attend here. Once again, welcome to the University of Illinois, and good luck!
LAS 101 Interns
Welcome to the University of Illinois! I am a senior majoring in psychology. I’m from Chicago. I will be applying to graduate school this year. I like to keep busy and throughout my undergraduate, I have been involved in a variety of activities on campus: RSOs, residence assistant, and human resources intern. I am excited to be an LAS 101 intern and to learn from everyone in the program. I am looking forward to meeting the class of 2016 and helping my section adjust to the U of I.
Hello everyone! I am a senior majoring in molecular and cellular biology, and I hope to attend medical school after graduating from the U of I. In my free time (yes, I do manage to get some time away from homework) I enjoy exercising, playing and watching sports (especially tennis, it’s my favorite), reading, spending time with my friends, and watching entirely way too much TV. I am eagerly anticipating helping my students adjust to life here in Urbana-Champaign. College is a lot of work, but it can also be a very rewarding time of your life. I am honored to be a part of LAS 101, just one of the many outlets of help you all will have here at the University of Illinois. Get excited! Let’s have a great year!
Hello. Welcome to the Illini family! I am a senior majoring in Global Studies and Communication. My interests lie in international politics, national politics, public policy, cultures, and languages. I studied abroad during the spring 2012 term in Paris, France. Through my program I interned at a non-profit that specialized in human rights and French law. After my undergrad experience, I plan to travel, work abroad, and eventually get my law degree. With all of this experience and educational preparation, I hope to be better equipped to help people! When I am not working, studying, or in class, I am enjoying campus life! On campus I am a proud brother of the Omicron chapter of Psi Upsilon Fraternity. I am also a member of the Global Studies Leaders. Throughout our semester together, I hope to help you in your transition to college life. I look forward to meeting you and helping you get started on this great journey!
Hello! My name is Jill Antonini, and I am a junior studying molecular and cellular biology. I hope to go on to graduate school to earn my masters in Occupational Therapy. During my time at the University of Illinois, I have been involved at Carle Hospital, The Windsor of Savoy Retirement Community, and Developmental Services Center in Champaign. In the fall, I will be directing a choir at St. John’s Catholic Chapel, where I am also involved in other ministries. I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to be a LAS 101 intern. I look forward to sharing what I have learned in college and also learning from all of you!
Hello fellow Illini! I am a senior double majoring in English and creative writing. I live in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. I recently completed a blog internship with Thank God I’m Natural and am also continuing my summer blog marketing internship with TrainSignal over the school year. Besides trying to write as much as possible, I love going to concerts, going on nature adventures and discovering new local gems. Some fun facts: I have an unhealthy obsession with reality television and animal print and I am the most organized person I know. LAS 101 is going to be a blast and I can’t wait to introduce you to all the great things we have at U of I.
My name is Jennifer Bora, and I am going to be a junior in the fall. I am an English major, a secondary education minor, and a Spanish minor. I hope to become a high school teacher someday. I recently returned from spending a month and a half in Granada, Spain, with a University of Illinois summer study abroad program, where I had the opportunity to live with a host family and also complete my Spanish minor. Music is one of my biggest passions. I play the piano and the flute, and I am a member of U of I’s Oratorio Society. I am also a blue belt in Tae-kwon-do. I am so excited to meet and work with this year’s freshman class in the fall!
Hello Everyone! I’m Rachel, and I am a junior studying actuarial science with a minor in business. I am from Buffalo Grove, Ill., and I attended Stevenson High School. This summer, I worked at Camp Jorn YMCA as the Leadership Development Program Director. I love dancing and music, watching sunsets and stargazing at the beach, drinking fruit smoothies, the color indigo, eating vegetarian foods, playing sports with kids, and camping trips with friends. At school, I am the Internal Philanthropy Chair for Chi Omega and involved with the Actuarial Science Club. Last year, I traveled to the Middle East and ran my first half marathon. I cannot wait to help ease your transition into life as a student at the University of Illinois.
Hey Class of 2016! My name is Matt and I cannot wait to be your LAS 101 TA! I am going to be a junior studying political science and Spanish. I always look for unique opportunities the University and Urbana-Champaign have to offer. I coach a third and forth grade girls basketball team in the winter, and I serve as President for a student alumni group called LAS Leaders. We work alumni events for the college and get to meet some really interesting people. I am also an active member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, and have worked various jobs through the University. I have plans on either attending law school or pursuing opportunities in the development and advancement field at the University level. I love the college of LAS, and I think LAS 101 is a great way to get acclimated with Illinois. I am looking forward to being an intern and can’t wait to meet you all! Feel free to contact me at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org!
I am a senior majoring in English literature with a minor in Spanish. I just spent the past summer studying abroad in Bilbao, Spain! You can usually find me around campus playing tennis, training for the half marathon, blogging, or trying out new recipes at my apartment. I’m from the Chicago suburbs and I have been an Illini fan my whole life! I am part of a social sorority and some of you may also get to know me as a recruitment counselor for Gamma Chi. Someday I hope to be a professor of English literature and I hope to learn as much about being an instructor, as my class will learn about being students. I’m excited to get to know everyone in my LAS 101 class and help you all make the best of your time at U of I!
Hello all, and welcome to Urbana-Champaign, Illinois! I was born and raised here in the U-C, and I grew up with the fabulous University of Illinois right here in my backyard! I am a James Scholar and currently a junior in the psychology program. I am on the Advisory Board for Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society, I work as a research assistant in the Cognitive Neuroscience lab at the Beckman Institute, and I have a job at the front desk of the Newman Center, where I’m highly involved in other ministries. As a freshman, I had a wonderful experience in LAS 101, and I am really looking forward to instructing this course in the fall!
Hello future freshman friends! I am a senior double majoring in sociology and communication, hailing from the soybean-smelling city of Decatur, Ill. After graduation, I plan on pursuing a Master’s degree in social work, and work as a counselor focusing on youth. On campus, I am the vice president of a campus ministry, Axiom, and co-coordinate several service events throughout the year. I love many things, but if I had to make a top list it might include: ice cream, Kristin Wig, adding the letter ”z” to wordz, iced coffee, sarcasm, and the google search bar. I’m beyond excited to get to know you all, and cannot wait for you to begin your exciting adventure at the University of Illinois!
Hi incoming freshmen! I am a senior majoring in global studies with a minor in Spanish. I am from Geneva, Ill., which is a western suburb of Chicago. I’m still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up but I do know that I want to eventually work internationally. Last year I was away from campus all year and so I am excited to start my semester back with you all. I was abroad in Bilbao, Spain, first semester. Then, second semester I was studying in Washington, D.C., with the Illinois in Washington Program and working at the Department of State. I am involved in many different campus organizations that do a variety of things, like volunteering and working with other students. Outside of school I love baking, watching movies, reading a good book, and hanging out with good friends. I hope you are all excited to start your year at Illinois! I know that I am excited to meet my LAS 101 section and going through your first semester with you!
Hello Freshmen Class of 2016! I am a senior who is majoring in psychology. I love my major because helping and communicating with people is a passion of mine. I am also minoring in Spanish. I love to play volleyball and I play any chance I get. Some of you might see me at the Ikenberry Dining Hall because I am a student supervisor there. The U of I campus has a great atmosphere and I hope that you all have great experiences within this first important year. I am very excited to work with you all because it will teach me things that I can use in the near future. A goal of mine is to make the classroom fun and to get everyone involved! I cannot wait to meet you all and to get our semester started!
Hey Hey Hey Class of 2016! What’s shakin’? Welcome to the University of Illinois! Get yourselves pumped for some of the most EPIC years of your life here at U of I! I’m Val Ferrin and I’m an incoming senior majoring in political science and economics. I’m originally from the Chicago suburbs, but just spent this last summer in the crazy awesome state of Texas for a research internship! I’m a major fan of running, and cooking. (I’ll be baking up a storm for our weekly class sessions, so come hungry!) I also have a mad love affair with playing Ultimate Frisbee, and equally love hitting up concerts and improv comedy shows! Some of the highlights of my campus involvement include Forbes Hall Council, working as a Residential Advisor last year at Taft Van Doren Hall and at the study abroad office, and belonging to a social sorority! I am beyond stoked to meet you! I really want to help you all make the most of this year and get you set to take U of I by storm! Guaranteed, your time here is going to be too legit to quit!
Welcome freshmen! I am currently a junior from Hinsdale, Ill. I am majoring in earth systems, environment and society with a concentration in society and environment. I hope to pursue a career in environmental law. I love to read, watch movies and go shopping. My experience here at U of I has been the best time of my life so far and I cant wait to pass on the advice that has helped me so much to the incoming freshmen!
Hello! Welcome to the U of I! I am from a Tower Hill, Ill., a small farming community about an hour and a half southwest of Champaign. I am a senior majoring in History and minoring in Secondary Education. On campus I am involved in the Student Education Association, ConvoPartners, Orange Krush, and recreational volleyball. I really enjoying sports, cooking, traveling (I’m planning to study abroad), and hanging out with my friends. I’ve had an amazing experience here at the U of I so far and I look forward to meeting you all and helping you have great expereinces here as well.
Hello! I am going to be a junior this fall majoring in molecular and cellular biology and minoring in chemistry and math. After college I plan on hopefully attending medical school. On campus I am a resident advisor, James Scholar, volunteer at the Krannert center and Carle hospital, and I am in a professional chemistry fraternity. I also enjoy running, watching House, playing my cello, and having some fun! I’ve truly enjoyed the past two years I’ve spent at U of I and am looking forward to meeting you guys and sharing some of my experiences with you!
Hello, and welcome to U of I! My name is Megan Fullmer, and I am a senior in LAS majoring in economics and sociology. Once I graduate in the spring, I will pursue a Master’s of social work. My goal is to become a licensed social worker, working in the secondary school setting. This past semester, I studied abroad in Nottingham, England. It was an amazing opportunity for me to travel and learn about other cultures, as well as further my knowledge of sociology and English history. I can’t wait to share some of my overseas experiences with you all! Besides traveling, I enjoy staying in and watching movies, reading, and hanging out with my friends. I have recently discovered a new love of running as well! I will do the best that I can to ensure that you have an amazing first year of college. I can’t wait to meet you all at orientation!
Hello! I am a junior majoring in history with a political science minor. After graduation this year, (I’m graduating a year early) I hope to go to law school somewhere either in Illinois or on the east coast where I grew up. This summer I spent an amazing month studying abroad in Vienna and I enjoyed it so much so that I stayed an extra two weeks touring Europe. I love to travel and I love learning about new cultures and customs, so please either feel free to ask me about my experiences or tell me about yours! I absolutely love the atmosphere that is uniquely U of I, and I am so pleased and excited to welcome all the new freshmen. See you soon!
Hello incoming freshmen! I am a senior majoring in biological sciences, a combination of MCB and IB, with a minor in secondary education. I have experience mentoring freshman students, but this is the first time having my own class. I am so excited to be a LAS 101 intern! I am also involved in organizations such as Epsilon Delta, a professional teaching organization, as well as volunteering at Urbana High School as a tutor. When I came to college, all everyone talked about was how they wanted to study abroad, and I finally had the opportunity to go abroad this past summer to Istanbul, Turkey. My favorite things to do on campus are hanging out with friends, napping, playing Frisbee on the Quad and going to the ARC pool when school starts. My goal is to create a close knit environment in the classroom to make all the new students feel right at home, and I look forward to meeting every single one of them! Welcome to University of Illinois!
Hello! I’m a senior this year at U of I and I’m a pre-law student majoring in English with minors in Spanish and communication. I am so excited for the upcoming semester of LAS 101 and am very grateful to have the opportunity to work with some of the incoming freshman! My goal after graduation is to join the Teach For America corps and eventually go to law school, so I’m hoping teaching LAS 101 will help me to reach my goals. Currently I am a Campus Outreach Coordinator for Teach For America and the Vice President of Secretary for LAS Council (which you all should join!). I really enjoy exercise, especially running and volleyball, and in my free time I read or watch a lot of reality TV. I’m looking forward to meeting many new freshmen and I’m hoping I can really serve as a guide and a friendly face throughout your first few months on campus!
Mary Claire Gustafson
Hello Class of 2016! Welcome to the start of some of the best years of your life! My name is Mary Claire and I am a returning LAS 101 intern. In the Fall 2012, I will be entering my senior year at U of I. I am majoring in anthropology with a minor in museum studies and communication. My future plans after college are still in the works, but I would love to work in a museum or as a teacher. The LAS department has opened my eyes to make me realize there are so many different options with my degree. I just returned from studying abroad for a semester in the south of France, which was an amazing experience that I cannot wait to share with all of you. I am so excited to meet all of you and show you some of the insider tips that U of I has to offer. Get pumped for a semester full of helpful hints, games, debates, and activities as you discover your place within the community!
Welcome to U of I, Class of 2016! I am a senior from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, majoring in English and minoring in Spanish and political science. This summer I spent a month in Ecuador teaching English and science to elementary school children, and this fall I will be busy applying to law school. On campus I am very involved with Phi Eta Sigma Honors Fraternity, the English Student Leadership Council, and Volunteer Illini Projects. In my free time I enjoy traveling, watching movies, and hanging out with friends. I’m excited to be teaching an LAS 101 section and I can’t wait to meet you all!
Hey everyone! I am a senior from Bloomington, Ill., majoring in molecular and cellular biology and minoring in anthropology. I am a pre-med student currently applying to medical school and hoping to become either an orthopedic surgeon or a trauma surgeon. Here at U of I, I have been able to participate in many different clubs. There is definitely a club for everyone on campus! My favorite club on campus is the Illinois Medical Screening Society. We offer free health screenings targeted towards individuals and families without health insurance in the Urbana-Champaign community. College life is certainly new and exciting, and I’m sure all of you will have a blast. Good luck!
Hi everyone! My name is Briana Harkey and I am a junior studying English, secondary education and communication. I hope to one day have the opportunity to teach high school students to be superb speakers and writers. After I graduate, I plan on either attending law school or going straight into the working world. But, for the time being, I plan on working hard and enjoying the second half of my undergrad career in good ol’ Champaign-Urbana. I can’t wait to meet the new freshman class, and look forward to seeing your shining faces every week!
Hi! Welcome to your first and soon to be favorite class—LAS 101. This is my second year teaching the class, and I could not be more excited. I am a senior this year, double majoring in English and creative writing, with a secondary education minor. I have been a member of the Mock Trial Team in many different positions, completed lots of community service through my church at home, worked at Campus Recreation, and played at weddings on my violin on the side. I’ve studied abroad, changed my major a few times, andI have a faint idea of who I want to be when I grow up. I keep myself fairly busy. I have so much to share and cannot wait to get to know all of you.
Hi everyone! I am senior from Chicago. I am working on a communication major and political science minor. I love anything that has to do with Italy! I studied abroad in Rome during summer 2011 through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the Global Studies 298 program. In my free time I enjoy reading, movies, cooking, training for half marathons, watching the Chicago Cubs, and hanging out with friends and family. I hope to pursue a career in income development and nonprofit organization management after I graduate. I’m looking forward to teaching and sharing my college experiences; I also hope to learn from my students as well. I am excited to meet you all, and be part of the LAS 101 freshman experience! Welcome to the University of Illinois!
Hello U of I freshmen! I am a junior studying history and minoring in French. I recently returned from a study abroad program in the south of France, and I had the experience of a lifetime. The rest of the summer I will be interning in a law office because some day I hope to go to law school. The rest of my free time I spend reading, listening to classic rock music, and running (I am a member of the cross-country and track club teams at school). When I graduate, I hope to teach English in French schools and then go to law school. I look forward to meeting everyone this upcoming fall!
Welcome Class of 2016! I am a mathematics major with a minor in secondary education, with the goal of becoming a high school math teacher! Around campus I’m a member of SEA, an organization for future teachers, and Phi Eta Sigma, an honors fraternity. In my free time I also enjoy running, doing anything outdoors, and spending time with my friends and family! This fall will be my last semester at the U of I because I will be student teaching in the spring. I am student teaching at Naperville Central High School, and I am from Naperville, Ill., so I’m very happy to be so close to home! I am very excited to be an LAS leader and to share with you all the amazing things this university has to offer!
Welcome to U of I, class of 2016! I hope you are looking forward to your time here. I’m certainly looking forward to meeting you! I’m a senior double majoring in English and creative writing—which pretty much means I like to read and write a lot. After graduation, my goal is to move out to New York City and make a living off making up stories. However, currently in my spare time I also enjoy travelling, movies, music, Disneyland, and getting to know new people. While I’m enjoying my summer (and I hope you are too), I am still very excited to meet you soon!
Hi everyone! My name is Kaylin Jamnicki, and I’m a senior studying English and secondary education. I’m a returning intern, and have to admit that being a LAS 101 intern last fall was one of my favorite activities that I’ve been involved with on campus. When I graduate in May (too soon if you ask me!) I’m hoping to go into teaching, or may head to graduate school for Library and Information Sciences. On campus, I’m a part of the RSO LAS Leaders, which I’ve been in since my freshman year. Leaders connects current students with university alumni of all ages, and has been a great growing and learning experience. I’m really excited for this year’s LAS 101 classes, as it’s promising to be the best one yet. Hopefully by the end of the semester you will all feel at home at U of I, and will have made connections to classmates—the campus really doesn’t seem like it has more than 40,000 people on it, I promise! Welcome, and I can’t wait to meet all of you!
Hello new students! I am very excited for this upcoming semester, I know it’s going to be great! I am an integrative biology major with a minor in leadership studies. A little over a year ago, I completed the Disney College Program in Orlando, Florida working Attractions. It was one of the best experiences of my life! Now, I am a Campus Representative for the Disney College Program at U of I. I also volunteer at the Wildlife Medical Clinic at the U of I’s College of Veterinary Medicine. This year I will be Co-VP of Leadership for Sigma Alpha Lambda, which is a national honors society focused on service. I also hope to study abroad before I graduate! In my free time, I like to hang out friends, play Just Dance, read, and try to stay in shape! I am so thrilled to help students adapt to college life and realize their full potential at this great university!
Hi everyone! My name is Miriam and I will be a senior completing a major in psychology and a minor in French. I am from Rockville, MD, (woo out-of-state!) and I am extremely excited to be a LAS 101 intern and cannot wait for this year. In addition to being a LAS intern, I am also a Counseling Center Paraprofessional and a member of the Colleges Against Cancer Leadership Team. I also was lucky enough to spend a month in southern France last summer studying abroad. I really enjoy running, spending time with friends, and listening to music. I am looking forward to meeting everyone and having a great year!
Welcome incoming freshmen to the University of Illinois! I am currently a junior from Frankfort, Ill., studying molecular and cellular biology (MCB) with a minor in chemistry. I love to travel, I have visited London, Paris, Rome, and I go to Greece every summer. In my spare time I also enjoy listening to music, reading books, playing sports, and spending time with family and friends. I am involved with various organizations on campus and also off of campus such as volunteering at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, Ill. Transitioning to such a big school is sometimes hard—as your leader for this class my goal is to answer all your questions and to also have some fun. I am very excited to be an instructor for an LAS 101 class, and look forward to meeting all of you!
Welcome to U of I! I am a junior majoring chemistry. I was born in Seoul, South Korea, but I moved to Beijing, China when I was eleven. Although I initially wanted to become a doctor, studying at this university has changed my mind. I am planning to go to a graduate school and become a researcher. After coming to U of I, I started bowling at Union Recreation Center as a hobby. I’ll show you where the bowling alley is—maybe you can join me. I am also working as a teaching assistanant for Organic Chemistry II (CHEM332) and I am a general meeting chair in American Chemistry Society—Student Affiliate at UIUC. I applied to be an LAS 101 Intern so I can help you succeed at U of I and in your future. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you.
Welcome Class of 2016! I am a senior majoring in molecular and cellular biology with a minor in chemistry. My post undergraduate education plan is to attend a physician assistant school in the Chicago area. I have two great passions in life; playing ice hockey and learning about the human body. I’ve been playing hockey since I was four years old and currently play for the Illini Women’s Ice Hockey team. In addition to playing with the team I also serve on the executive board as the social chair. When I’m not on the ice you can find me in any of the wonderful libraries here on campus with a coffee in hand! Since being busy is the best way for me to stay focused, I also have two jobs. I work as a personal assistant for a student with a disability and use my certification as a nursing assistant to work part-time at Carle Foundation Hospital. I love to spend my free time with friends and explore the downtown restaurants of Champaign and Urbana. The next four years are going to fly, and I can’t wait for you to experience all that the University of Illinois has to offer!
Hey class of 2016! I am a senior majoring in history and secondary education. After graduating, I would like to get a social studies teaching position in the Chicago Public School district. I am so excited to be an LAS 101 intern because I love to meet new people, and I loved my experience as an LAS 101 student. This class will help you tremendously in making your experience at the University of Illinois a great one, and I am so happy to be able to share it with you! I enjoy being outdoors, camping, and hiking and I cannot wait to get to know you and your interests. Welcome to U of I and I look forward to meeting you all!
Hello! I am currently a senior in MCB with a minor in Spanish. Moreover, I am currently pursuing a career in a health-related field and would like to continue my education in medical school or graduate school. I enjoy weight lifting, hockey, and practicing my Spanish. One of my favorite movies is Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. ”Well, alrighty then!” I hope that I’m able to make your transition to college both a successful and memorable one.
Hello! My name is Mada and I am a junior majoring in mathematics and minoring in physics. I still have two years left at U of I and I’m excited to make the most of them! I just got back from a semester abroad in Stockholm, Sweden, and I am excited to share my experiences and hopefully inspire as many freshmen as possible to get overseas. I am involved in a number of organizations on campus including WPGU’s radio station. I love going to shows around Champaign and Urbana or kicking a ball around with friends. My goals for this next semester are to keep my grades up, join a new club, and get myself to go running more than once a month. I’m very excited to work with my class of freshman as I remember how awesome and terrible that time can be all at once. Welcome to U of I and good luck!
Hello, new Illini! I am Ryan R. Lee, from the quaint little town of Streator, Ill. I am majoring in psychology and English; after undergrad I hope to go to law school to become a corporate attorney. In addition to pursuing two degrees, I also am a member of the Marching Illini, Knights of Columbus Council #2782, and the Phi Eta Sigma honor society. My hobbies include collecting and riding vintage bicycles, playing trumpet and bass guitar, spending time with my friends and girlfriend, collecting and restoring vintage automobiles with my older brother (ask me about our 1974 Gremlin sometime if you want to get on my good side—haha!), and writing as a columnist for a newspaper in my hometown. I am looking forward to leading a section of LAS 101, if for no other reason to make sure that a handful of incoming freshmen have at least one cool instructor.
Welcome class of 2016! I’m a senior in specialized chemistry with a pre-pharmacy concentration. I’m the president of the Pre-Pharmacy club and a member of the Pre-Health council. Outside of school, I like to play sports and generally have a good time with people. I enjoyed the experience I had as an LAS 101 intern last year and so, I decided comeback. I’m excited to help you transition into the University and looking forward to meeting you all!
Hi everyone! I am a senior here majoring in English with a minor in secondary education. I’m also going to be getting endorsements in social sciences and Spanish at the high school level. A bit about me: I’m from Naperville, Ill. I recently got back from an amazing study abroad trip in Argentina, where I observed and taught in schools. Some of my hobbies include cooking, running, and playing video games. At school, I’m involved in many clubs including: Amnesty International, the Illini Union Board, Epsilon Delta, buzz Magazine, and the Illini Strings orchestra. In the future, I plan on teaching at a school at probably either the middle school or high school level. I’ve come to love U of I in the time that I’ve been here, and I know that you all will love it as well! Can’t wait to meet you all, and see you soon!
Greetings to all of the incoming freshmen! I’m looking forward to working with all of you during the semester ahead to make your college career a complete success! I am majoring in global studies and Spanish. As a Global Studies Leader and member of Alpha Phi Sorority, I am a busy senior! After studying abroad in Quito, Ecuador, for the spring semester, I decided to stay for the summer to do volunteer work and keep working on my Spanish. I enjoy being outdoors, reading, biking, drawing, watching Glee (any Gleeks out there?), and of course, being a student at U of I. Welcome to an awesome university, it’s going to be a great four years! I hope I can make the transition a smooth and enjoyable one.
Hey, class of 2016! I’m a senior from Arlington Heights, Ill., with a major in English and minors in secondary education and gender and women’s studies. I hope to become a high school English teacher after I graduate. In my free time, I like to paint, read (you’ll learn I’m a huge nerd), and write short stories. I’ve been the treasurer of Epsilon Delta, a professional teaching organization, for the past three semesters and I cannot wait to be the publicity chair this fall. During the school year, I work at the ARC and CRCE, so I’m sure I’ll be seeing you outside our classroom as well! I hope to make LAS 101 an awesome experience for all of us and look forward to meeting you soon!
Welcome to U of I! I’m currently a junior from New Lenox, Ill. I’m majoring in psychology with a minor in communication. In my future, I hope to go to graduate school to get my PhD in clinical psychology, after which I hope to work as a clinician in the mental health field. Outside of class, most of my time is taken up by sports, reading, music, and pretty much anything else I can do to keep myself active. I’m also part of the staff at Assembly Hall, our event venue here on campus. Through LAS 101, I want to give the incoming freshmen a sense of the total experience that is possible at the University of Illinois. By the end of the semester, I hope that the section of freshmen I’ve been given the privilege to lead will love being an Illini as much as I do. See you in the fall!
Hi everyone! I am very excited to be working with freshmen this upcoming semester and to get you all off to a great start here at Illinois! I am currently a senior majoring in communication with a minor in gender and women studies. I am from Downers Grove, Ill., and have absolutely loved the time I have spent in Champaign. Aside from being an LAS 101 intern, I am also an Illinois Student Admissions Representative and have the pleasure of giving tours to prospective students and their families. Additionally, I am on the Board of Directors for a theatre group called the Penny Dreadful Players and I am the Director of Musicals on the Illini Union Board. When I’m not busy with class or work, you can find me trying new restaurants in Urbana-Champaign or hanging out in the Illini Union. I look forward to meeting my section of students and I hope that I can help make your college transition seamless!
Hi everyone and welcome to the College of LAS! I am currently a junior majoring in mathematics and minoring in secondary education. I am also a James Scholar. After I graduate, I want to teach high school math and eventually hope to be an AP Calculus teacher. I spend the majority of my free time hanging with friends. I love playing Mario Kart and the N64 Mario Parties. I’m also addicted to Criminal Minds. When it is nice outside or if I’m feeling stressed, I enjoy going for walks around campus and the Arboretum is one of my favorite spots. It is definitely worth the walk. I’m excited to meet everyone and hope that I can make your transition to college life easier. I know you are going to love it at the U of I.
Hello! I am a junior at the University of Illinois, where I study foreign languages. Right now, I am taking Spanish, Russian, and Arabic, but I have also taken a few French classes. I spent this past summer studying abroad in Granada, Spain, which was an amazing opportunity to travel and practice Spanish. My passport now sports stamps from Spain, France, England, Morocco, and Italy. I love to learn about other cultures, but some other hobbies include running, cycling, and reading. Here on campus I can be frequently spotted at the ARC and CRCE, where I also have a part-time job as a Program Assistant. After graduating from U of I, I plan to attend law school. Eventually, I hope to work for international government agency, such as the United Nations. But only time can tell where I actually end up. I am looking forward to a great semester with you all—welcome to U of I!
Hello new U of I students! I am currently a senior majoring in Spanish education enjoying every moment that I have left in Urbana-Champaign. I just returned from a semester studying abroad in Bilbao, Spain. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling and watching all kinds of sports. I look forward to getting to know you and having a great semester learning about all the things U of I has to offer!
Hello incoming U of I Freshman! I am currently a junior majoring global studies. My permanent residence is on southside of Chicago. However, I love to travel. I’ve been to Mexico, Nicaragua, Ghana, Bahamas, and Jamaica. Also, I will be studying aboard to Argentina this spring 2013 for a semester. I was a Multicultural Advocate 2011-2012 in University Housing advocating and educating others about all races, religions, genders, and sexual orientations. I aspire to get my Masters and PhD in international education. Overall, I am really looking forwarding to meeting you all and helping you to start a good foundation to any goals that you aspire. I am truly excited for this semester and I wish to create a welcoming, fun-filled, and learning environment in LAS 100 so we can all learn from each other. Welcome to U of I!
I am from Niles, Ill. I am a junior majoring in integrative biology and minoring in chemistry. I plan to attend medical school after I graduate. My undergraduate research involves studying bio-fuels in the Leakey lab at the Institute for Genomic Biology. I am also part of the prep staff for IB labs. I am also part of the Theta Xi Fraternity, Phi Eta Sigma, Healthcare for America, and the REACT program. I look forward to meeting all of you and help all of you transition to life as a student at University of Illinois.
Hey class of 2016! I am a senior majoring in global studies with a concentration in environmental sustainability. I spent the past semester studying in Quito, Ecuador, and can’t wait to get back to campus to meet all of you. After college, I would love to go abroad again and teach English before heading to grad school for urban planning. Throughout the past three years on campus I’ve been a part of various groups including Students for Environmental Concerns and Global Studies Leaders. I also really enjoy running (especially on Champaign’s flat terrain!) and playing soccer. My experience at the U of I has been truly amazing thus far and I hope I can help you all make the most of your time here as well. Go Illini!
Hi everyone! My name is Anisha and I am a senior majoring in psychology and minoring in Spanish and leadership. I am currently in the process of applying to full-time jobs and graduate schools in business psychology. After that, I hope to get my MBA or PhD in organizational leadership. A few of the things I do on campus are the Illini Raas dance team, Habitat for Humanity, and intramural soccer. If I’m not dancing or playing soccer, you’ll usually find me hitting the books at the Union. I have a tremendous passion for traveling and plan to go to either South America or Europe for two months after graduation. I absolutely love anything and everything about U of I. This place offers amazing opportunities. LAS 101 was probably the most unique class I took as a freshman and it taught me so much. I am so excited to share everything I’ve learned about U of I to all of you this fall!
Hi my name is Katie Pencak! I am originally from Hinsdale, Ill., a western suburb of Chicago. I have three siblings: an older brother who just graduated from the University of Michigan, a younger brother who will be a junior in high school and a younger sister who will be a freshman in high school. I will be a junior this year; I am a psychology major and a business minor. As far as my personal interests, I am a very active person who loves spending time outside. I have been horseback riding for about ten10years now and have competed in several horse shows. I also love to rock climb and roller-blade. I did not get to travel anywhere this summer, but I worked at a doctor’s office downtown Chicago and volunteered at the Hanson Center, a therapeutic riding center that offers horseback riding lessons to individuals with developmental disabilities. I really enjoyed watching the Olympics as well, especially beach volleyball, equestrian and gymnastics! My family also got a puppy this summer, an Australian labradoodle named Cooper! I am looking forward to a great year down at U of I!
Hello Illini! I’m a senior from the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. I’m double majoring in Global Studies and Psychology, and I completed my French minor during my semester abroad in fall 2011 at l’Institut Catholique de Paris. After graduation I plan to work abroad and go on to get a Masters degree in international relations or security studies. Around campus I am involved in the LAS Council, the Intensive English Institute, Delta Zeta sorority, and I am also the president of the Global Studies Leaders. I look forward to meeting you and to sharing the exciting journey that is your first semester at the University of Illinois!
I am a junior from Hinsdale, Ill., majoring in molecular and cellular biology, hoping to go to dental school after I graduate. I’m also a James Scholar and involved in the Pre-Dental Club and Delta Delta Delta sorority. I also work as a lab assistant at the Institute for Genomic Biology and also as a waitress at Guido’s in downtown Champaign. I love being outside, and my favorite place in the whole world is my lake house in northern Wisconsin. This will be my first time as an LAS 101 Intern, and I’m very excited for the upcoming semester!
I am a junior majoring in history and secondary education from Peoria, Ill. My eventual career goal is to go on to graduate school and become a history professor. During my past two years at the University of Illinois, I have experienced a variety of academic opportunities that make me proud to be a student at this University. Apart from classroom activities, I have acted and directed in the student theatre troupe New Revels Players, and I currently serve as the president of that organization. I hope that as your LAS 101 intern, I can help you find the blend of academics and extracurricular activities that I have experienced in my time at this University.
Hello and welcome to U of I! I am a senior studying molecular and cellular biology with a minor in business. Along with my studies I conduct biofuel research, am part of marketing projects with the American marketing association, volunteer at Carle Hospital, and work a job as an intramural supervisor. During my summer I was a business intelligence intern at a healthcare cost-containment company, working on projects that provide insights to improve operations. During free time I enjoy relaxing with my friends, sports, and laying a beat down in madden. I am excited to help you all make the transition to life here at the University of Illinois!
Hello incoming U of I freshmen! I am a junior technically in actuarial science; however I am in the process of switching into the math major with a secondary education minor so that I can be a high school math teacher. I just recently got back from studying abroad last semester in Rome, Italy, where I studied food and culture. Even though the program had nothing to do with my major, it was the best experience of my life and I strongly encourage everyone to consider studying abroad during his or her college career. On campus, I am a lifeguard for campus recreation and I also am involved with the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. I look forward to meeting you all in the fall!
Hi! I am majoring in mathematics with a minor in secondary education, and an endorsement in psychology. I have a strong passion for teaching, and I plan to teach high school when I graduate. Some activities that I am involved with on campus include SOAR tutoring program, Alpha Chi Omega sorority, and singing in a choir. I love singing, reading, spending time with friends and family, and traveling. I studied abroad for a semester my junior year in Barcelona, Spain, and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life, and I can’t wait to continue traveling. I am very excited to be helping you with the transition into life at U of I, and I hope to help make your freshman year a great one!
Hey everybody! I am a junior with a double major in history and English. After I graduate, I plan to pursue working with Teach For America for two years and then to go to law school. I spend a lot of my time working and serving on the executive board of Theta Chi Fraternity, but outside of that I enjoy listening to and playing music. In my spare time, I perform stand-up comedy around Champaign. I’m looking forward to helping the new students at U of I.
Hello and welcome incoming freshman of LAS! I am a junior in biology for secondary education with a minor in chemistry. I want to become a high school biology and chemistry teacher after graduation. I am also thinking about spending a year abroad teaching for Teach for India or doing Teach for America. I am a Resident Advisor at Allen Residence Hall, the best residence hall on campus! I am involved with Volunteer Illini Projects and Student Education Association. My favorite sports team is the Bears and I am a huge Harry Potter fan. I enjoy hanging out with friends, reading, watching TV and movies, and volunteering. Also, coffee is my favorite beverage! I cannot wait to meet all of you and to help you through your first semester at U of I!
Sarah Soo Jung Shin
Hi everyone! I am a senior psychology major with a communication minor. Before I came to U of I, I lived in South Korea, China, and Canada. I love to travel and try new food. I enjoy cooking and learning new recipes. I also love spending time with my friends, and watching movies and TV shows! I am extremely excited to be a part of LAS 101 next semester. I look forward to meeting all of you and having a great time this fall. Welcome to U of I!
Hey everyone! Welcome to U of I! I am a senior in global studies with a concentration on the environment, sustainability, and social responsibility and am pursuing a minor in Spanish. This past semester, I studied abroad in Granada, Spain. It was one of the best experiences of my life. Studying abroad gave me an opportunity to immerse myself in the Spanish culture by living with a host family and the opportunity to travel to many cities around Europe. But, I am super excited to be back in Urbana-Champaign come the fall! At school, I am very involved with my major by being a Global Studies Leader and with my fraternity. Also, I am a huge Illini sports fan and cannot wait for football season to start. I look forward to meeting and working with all of you this upcoming semester!
Hello Class of ’16! Welcome to the most invigorating four years you have ever had. I am a senior majoring in political science and minoring in natural resources and environmental science. I just finished up my internship working in the Natural Resources department here and U of I, so I am happy to answer any questions about spending a summer on campus and can provide tips for surviving the 100-degree days! I am from the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. I have lived there my whole life, but I have also had the privilege of traveling all over the country and the world with my family. Our most recent adventure was to Australia for the holidays, and I highly recommend everyone make it there one day. Perhaps you could study abroad there! In addition to traveling, I love baking, dancing and working out (a bit contradictory, I know!) I am currently trying to get certified to teach group fitness classes, so maybe I will see some of you in class at the campus rec center one day. I am so excited for you all to be beginning your LAS experience. I have become a complete poli sci nerd, and I love every minute of it. You will find that U of I offers so many opportunities to explore your existing passions and even discover some new ones. I can’t wait to meet my students and get this fall semester underway. Welcome to the orange and blue. See you all soon!
Hi, friends! I hail from the Chicago suburb of Highland Park. I am a senior double-majoring sociology and communication. Hopefully I’ll be able to use my experiences to obtain a job in the government once I graduate, but we shall just have to wait and see whether or not that happens. In other news, I’m a self-proclaimed Anglophile. I spent the spring semester of my sophomore year studying at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland; it was a fantastic experience and I’d recommend studying abroad to anyone who might be considering it. The picture you see is of me dressing up for the midnight premier of the final Harry Potter movie, because I am just that nerdy. When I’m not studying, you can probably catch me watching movies and British television, running around the track at CRCE, or enjoying hanging out with my friends!
Welcome class of 2016! I am a junior in molecular and cellular biology with a minor in leadership studies. When I graduate, I plan to go to medical school and become a surgeon. U of I has offered me so many surprising opportunities over the past two years! This summer I traveled to Honduras with fellow U of I classmates to set up a clinic and treat citizens from a rural area with limited medical care. During the year I am involved in Illini Emergency Medical Services, the American Medical Student Association, undergraduate research, and work as a Pharmacy Technician. I enjoy meeting new people and hanging out with friends. I love U of I and truly believe that this university is the perfect place for me! I look forward to sharing all of my wonderful experiences with my LAS 101 class!
Hi everyone! First of all, I just wanted to say that I am so excited to meet all of the freshmen. I want to make sure the transition into college is as easy and fun as possible for you. The next four years will not only be one of the greatest times of your life, but will also pass by extremely quickly, so make sure to enjoy every second of it! To share a little bit about me, I am a senior majoring in molecular and cellular biology and am hoping to one day become a surgeon. I spend a lot of time at Grainger, but I also love spending time with my friends, trying new food, traveling, meeting new people, watching movies, and just enjoying life!
Welcome to U of I, class of 2016! I am currently a junior majoring in economics, and minoring in Spanish. There are very few things I enjoy more than Illinois basketball and listening to Adele. I am a member of SigEp, a fraternity on campus, as well as a tutoring organization called Vis-Ã -vis. I would consider myself a “Yes man”, and would encourage you to take advantage of every opportunity thrown your way—you will always regret the things you do not do. I am pumped to start working with you guys and can’t wait to watch you grow as members of this fine institution.
Hey, everyone! I’m a senior from the northwest side of Chicago, majoring in Spanish and English with a minor in art history. I like reading, biking, movies, dogs, and trying to trick people into thinking I’m funny. I’m not a 100% sure what I’m going to do after I graduate, but eventually I hope to go to grad school, live in a foreign country, or just try out something I’ve never done before. Last fall semester I was studying abroad in Granada, Spain, so I’m super excited to be at U of I this fall for LAS 101!
Hi all! My name’s Chelsey. I was born in Chicago and I’m a huge White Sox fan. I’m a senior in molecular and cellular biology. After graduating from U of I, I plan to attend graduate school and study genetic counseling. This summer, I spent a month studying tourism and environmental conservation in New Zealand. The trip was amazing and has inspired me to travel more. I like to read, go hiking, or go running in my spare time. I’m very excited for this semester to begin and I can’t wait to meet the LAS 101 students!
Jasmine B. Williams
Hey first year students! Welcome to the University of Illinois! My name is Jasmine, but you can call me Jas. This is my third year at the university and I am majoring in psychology. I am one of many LAS interns that will be assisting you with your transition to college. I was motivated to be an LAS intern because of the relationship that I had with my intern during my first semester at the university. I want to make you all feel comfortable and let you know that “you have a friend in me” (for all of you Disney movie fans, Toy Story is a classic!). After a long day of classes I like to treat myself to a Peach Passion Jamba juice drink and two scoops of birthday cake ice cream purchased at the Illini Union, one of the major hang out, study, and sleeping places on campus, so if you ever see me there, don’t hesitate to join me! I am involved in several Christian Registered Student Organizations (RSO’s), I hold several positions in my dorm, I volunteer in the community, and I am currently employed with the Office of the Dean of Students as a New Student Programs Student Coordinator. Chances are very likely that you will see me at many of the campus wide events, especially those scheduled during Welcome Week. To make a long story short, I look forward to having a great year with you and cannot wait to meet all of you in the fall!
I am a senior studying Economics with a minor in business. After I graduate I will be pursing my Masters in accounting or finance. I enjoy swimming, traveling, and hiking. I volunteer at a local elementary school in a program called S.O.A.R. On campus, I am the President of Entrepreneurs Without Boarders and an active member in my sorority, Delta Delta Delta. In the summer of 2011, I studied abroad in Verona, Italy, and afterwards backpacked with some close friends. The LAS 101 class made my transition into college much smoother than I expected and I hope to give my class the same kind of experience. Welcome to U of I!
Hello there! I am entering my senior year as a history major and with a minor in secondary social science education. I love attending the University of Illinois and like to be involved in as much as I can. I am active in an honors history fraternity and enjoy working in local middle and high schools in the Urbana-Champaign area. My future plan, once I graduate, is to teach as a social studies teacher within the state of Illinois. I am originally from Bourbonnais, Ill., and currently am loving having spare time for my hobbies, which include taking photos with my nifty camera and running through the lovely scenery of corn fields. This is my first time as a LAS 101 intern and I am extremely excited to share my previous knowledge as a LAS 100 student and my experience thus far as a U of I student. I cannot wait to meet each and every one of you!
Hello! Welcome to U of I! I am a Flagstaff, Arizona, native but moved to Illinois my junior year of high school. I am currently a junior majoring in psychology and minoring in religion (although this minor is not declared yet). I am a research assistant in a psychology lab, where I am currently helping on a project in the driving simulator. I am also involved with the neuroscience club along with other cultural events and volunteer projects. I love the outdoors, good food, experiencing cultures different from my own, and traveling! One of my most memorable traveling experiences was when my family was driving through Death Valley in the dead of summer in a van, when the air conditioning blew out! (And you thought this summer was hot!). I am looking forward to meeting all of you and cannot wait for fall 2012!