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LAS 101 freshman seminar interns

LAS 101 Interns 2016LAS 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 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 are an incredibly important part of LAS 101, the course that helps our first-year students adjust to college life. LAS interns meet with their LAS 101 classes, which have 20 to 25 students, for one hour once a week.

An LAS 101 internship offers our best students the opportunity to help others while developing leadership skills. Interns will receive credit for their work with LAS 101. They will be enrolled in LAS 399: Leadership and Professional Development for both the second eight weeks of spring and the full fall semester.

Applications will be available in January 2018.

LAS 101 Director

Murillo Soranso Murillo Soranso
Welcome to the University of Illinois and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences! I'm so excited to serve as the director of LAS 101: Freshman Seminar. This class has been designed to give you, our first-year students, the best start possible on your college careers. You'll learn so much about our campus and the rigors of college life. This class is facilitated by the LAS 101 interns, who are successful upper-class men and women. They are passionate about U of I and want to help you get on the right path toward your own successful years here on campus and beyond. They have some great lessons to share with you. Our teaching assistants (TAs) are incredible graduate students who work closely with the interns. They too are a great resource. Again, welcome to campus, and I look forward to connect with you.

LAS 101 Teaching Assistants (TAs)

Carrie Allen Carrie Allen
Welcome to the University of Illinois and the College of LAS! My name is Carrie Allen and I am a doctoral student in the Education Policy, Organization and Leadership Department in the College of Education. I am originally from Pine Bluff, Arkansas. I received a BA in English from Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, and an EdM in Higher Education from Illinois. I am excited for the opportunity to get to know you as you transition to college life, and I am confident that LAS 101 can help you build a foundation that will prepare you for your college career and beyond. Remember: college is hard work, were here to help you, and you can do it!

Courtney Cain Courtney Cain
Hello! My name is Courtney Pierre Cain, and I am a doctoral candidate in history. My dissertation focuses on the formation of the Haitian diaspora in Chicago in the 20th century, and I am personally invested in this project as a first-generation Haitian girl from Chicago. I love to teach and work with college students, so I hope to teach history or do academic advising after I graduate.

Kate Curry Kate Curry
Greetings! I am a doctoral student in the Educational Psychology department. I am originally from Indiana but have lived and traveled in quite a few places in the U.S. and around the world. I received my BA in Japanese Studies from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, and my MATESL at Illinois. I taught ESL to international students at the Intensive English Institute at Illinois for six years. I've also taught in elementary schools in Germany and Saudi Arabia and middle schools in Japan and Washington, D.C. My research interests include exploring issues such as parenting that occur in early childhood that have an effect on individuals later on, especially during the transition to college. I look forward to meeting and working with you this year!

Mary Jo Licht Mary Jo Licht
Hi — I'm MJ, the tech liaison for LAS 101 and 102. My primary job is to maintain the Moodle website, but I also help out with program development and events. This is my fifth year with the program, and it's been fun watching the incoming freshmen advance through the college, sometimes becoming LAS 101 interns themselves. Work hard and enjoy your college years — they are over before you know it!!

Chauntee Thrill Chauntee Thrill
Hello and welcome to the University of Illinois family! I am looking forward to meeting you all during your time here. I am a second-year doctoral student in the Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership Department. I am from Atlanta, and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration, and a master’s of education in higher education leadership. I also received a master of business education from the University of Maryland. I am excited for the new school year and all the new faces it will bring. Welcome to the Illini community!

LAS 101 interns

Ibrahim Abubakar Ibrahim Abubakar
What's up, class of 2020! I hope you're excited to begin your college career! I'm sure you've been waiting longer than I have been for Frank Oceans new album. But that's a different story... My name is Ibrahim Abubakar and I am a junior majoring in English and minoring in secondary education! I find it necessary for younger generations to have prominent role models to help guide them through the different transitions that they will have in life. Moreover, I plan to do the same for you guys! I will be your helping hand that will get you acquainted with the different resources and opportunities that we have on campus. I will also be introducing you to my favorite Yeezy songs. See you soon!

Jake Akstins Jake Akstins
Welcome to the University of Illinois. Here, you'll learn, grow, and matter in countless ways. I'm Jake Akstins, and I am extremely excited to serve as an LAS 101 Intern. I'm a junior majoring in actuarial science and minoring in business. I recently finished an internship with CNA, working on pricing policies in workers' compensation. On campus, I serve as Nugent Hall's multicultural advocate and the vice president of internal affairs for the Actuarial Science Club. I have lived in various Illinois suburbs, including Hickory Hills, Homer Glen, Aurora, Elwood, and Monee. I can't wait to hear about all of the amazing experiences awaiting you on campus!

Sebastian Aviles Sebastian Aviles
Hey new Illini! I hope you're having a fantastic start here at Illinois. So, obviously my name is Sebastian. Yes, like Parks & Recreation's Li'l Sebastian, and yes, like the crab from the Disney movie (that's usually people's first reaction upon learning my name!). I am majoring in psychology with junior standing. I aspire to earn a doctoral degree and ultimately work as an industrial-organizational psychologist. I am passionate about cultivating a healthy and happy state of mind in everything people love to do, especially in their workplace. Also, I am a dedicated yogi, a vegan, and a barista at Starbucks on Green Street. Well, if you ever need anything, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to being a helpful part of your college career!

Basil Alias Basil Alias
Hello! I'm Basil currently in my senior year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I have a variety of academic interests. I major in organizational psychology and minor in molecular and cellular biology, chemistry, and leadership studies. I aspire to become a human-resources professional and am looking into master's programs in related fields. I wish you all good luck and invite you to ask questions and take advantage of the resources provided by the university.

Toni Banks Toni Banks
Hello class of 2020, and welcome to the University of Illinois! My name is Toni Banks and I am thrilled to be your fall 2016 LAS 101 intern! Attending U of I has been one of the best decisions I've made and I hope you all fall in love with our beautiful campus, just as I have. I am currently a junior majoring in molecular and cellular biology, with dreams to pursue a career in the medical field. I am also a resident adviser at Wassaja Hall. In my free time I enjoy listening to music, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends. I am excited to meet the lucky few of you who will be my students, and I look forward to helping each of you as you embark upon this new journey in life known as college!

Shivani Bhagat Shivani Bhagat
Hi everyone! I'm Shivani, a current junior studying communications and minoring in business. One of my college goals is to stay as active as possible on campus; some of my organizations include Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, and Communication Leaders. I also hope that I am able to have a big impact on someone's life, whether it be serving as a mentor or being role model to underclassmen. Some of my long-term goals include working at a corporation in the fields of marketing, communications, or human resources. Hopefully from there, I will be able to pursue my law degree and become a lawyer. Some of my other hobbies and interests include philanthropy work, painting, and writing.

Nicole Blum Nicole Blum
Hi everyone and welcome to the University of Illinois! My name in Nicole Blum, and I am a senior in the molecular and cellular biology honors concentration. After I graduate, I hope to pursue a career in medicine. When I'm not in class, you can find me doing research in Professor Schuler's lab for my senior thesis, working athletic events for Illini Emergency Medical Services, fundraising for Children's Miracle Network with Phi Delta Epsilon premedical fraternity, recruiting admitted students to the MCB major through MCB Leaders, or hanging out at my sorority. I am also an avid runner and play intramural soccer every season. I cannot wait to meet all of you and introduce you to this amazing university. I-L-L!

Joel Borowicz Joel Borowicz
Hello class of 2020—this is my second year as an LAS 101 intern and I am a senior majoring in Integrative Biology, with a minor in Chemistry. On campus, I am an active member of several clubs, regularly volunteer for the R.E.A.C.T. program where we introduce basic chemistry concepts to elementary school children, work at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, as well as assist in Dr. Fuller's ichthyology (fish) research lab.

Denise Branch Denise Branch
Hi, my name is Denise Branch and I was born and live in New York City. My parents are both from the Caribbean and immigrated to the U.S. after they finished high School. I am a junior student-athlete for the University of Illinois. I am on the varsity cross country and track teams. I am majoring in sociology and minoring in French linguistics. I plan to go to law School upon graduation in 2018 to become a criminal prosecutor or open my open law practice. When I am not running or doing school work, I really enjoy shopping, fine dining, or practicing doing makeup.

Britt Bruce Britt Bruce
Hello! I am going to be a junior this fall. I'm majoring in integrative biology and I'm still trying to figure out the exact direction of my future. I am an avid animal lover and have been riding horses since I was little. I have the world's best family and often find myself spending too much time face-timing my dogs. I'm planning on studying abroad second semester of this coming year in Australia and hope to travel more in the future. I spent the summer working on my family's farm doing things from building tables to helping plan weddings. I love being outside and enjoying the people and things around me.

Angelica Cabrera Angelica Cabrera
Welcome Class of 2020! My name is Angelica Cabrera. I was born and raised in Chicago and am a senior majoring in integrative biology. During my summers, I volunteer for Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and work at my former grade school's summer school. On campus, I am an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Karen Sears' lab and volunteer at Carle Hospital. I also spend a lot of time at the campus ice arena as a customer service assistant. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching movies, and playing basketball. After graduation I hope to be attending medical school to pursue a career as a pediatrician. Congrats on becoming a part of the Illini family! I cannot wait to meet and get to know all of you in LAS 101!

Maggie Carlson Maggie Carlson
Hi! My name is Maggie Carlson and I am a senior at the University of Illinois. I am pursuing an cconomics major and a business minor. I hope to find a career in either finance, consulting, or investment banking when I graduate. This past summer, I interned for Northern Trust Corporation in the Asset Management Marketing division. Along with being a LAS 101 Intern, I am involved in many different groups on campus. I am on the traveling club tennis team, as well as an active member of my sorority, Pi Beta Phi. I also serve as an Economics Ambassador for the Economics Department. Lastly, I am an active participant at events at St. John's Catholic Newman Center. I am looking forward to meeting all the freshman in LAS 101! Go Illini!

Marialicia Chavez Marialicia Chavez
Welcome, class of 2020! My name is Marialicia and I am currently a senior in molecular and cellular biology with a minor in chemistry. Last year, I was fortunate to study abroad in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, and explore Europe. On campus, I am on the executive board of LIP and a member of Alpha Phi Omega and Illinois Medical Screening Society. I also work as a certified nursing assistant and tutor students at Leal Elementary School in Urbana. Ultimately, I aspire to practice medicine as a physician or a PA. In my spare time, I love spending time with friends and family, attending group fitness classes, traveling, and watching "Friends" episodes. This year, I am really excited to get to meet and work with all of you! Go Illini!

Jennie Chen Zhangying "Jennie" Chen
Welcome, first-year students! My name is Zhangying Chen. I can go by Jennie, which coincidentally sounds close to my real name. I am from Zhejiang Province, which is located in southeastern China. Currently, I am a senior majoring in integrative biology and minoring in adult development. My life goal is to become a physician. I've spent three wonderful years at Illinois and can't wait to roll up my sleeves, dig in, and start my senior year.

Kellie Clinton Kellie Clinton
Welcome to the Illini Family, class of 2020! My name is Kellie Clinton and I'm a junior majoring in history and political science, with a minor in English. After finishing undergrad, I hope to go on to get a master's in library sciences and work as a high-school librarian. Here at Illinois, I've kept myself very busy! I work at two different libraries on campus and as an ISTAR. I'm also an active member of my sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi, and the president of the history honors society, Phi Alpha Theta. When I have some free time, you can catch me spending time with my friends, watching (too much) Netflix, or grabbing coffee somewhere. I'm very excited to meet all of you and begin to show you how amazing Illinois is!

Paige Costelloe Paige Costelloe
Hi! My name is Paige and I'm a junior majoring in communications. I'm also planning on pursuing a leadership certificate and eventually hope to complete graduate school and work in the human resources field.

Molly Devine Molly Devine
Hi everyone! My name is Molly and I am a junior majoring in communication. I am involved in a nonprofit organization called Bridge10, which raises money for pediatric diseases. I am also involved in Greek life on campus. I plan to graduate and pursue a job working in human resources. I am super excited to be a part of the LAS internship team and cannot wait to meet my class!

Katie Diol Katie Diol
Hi guys! My name is Katie Diol and I am a junior studying molecular and cellular biology with an intent to go to medical school. I am getting ready to take the MCAT this year and start the application process. Here on campus, I'm involved in Phi Delta Epsilon, a premedicine professional fraternity and I was a member of the Fighting Illini Cheerleading team. I also conduct research in Dr. Gennis' Biochemistry Lab! I can't wait to get to know everyone and am looking forward to a great semester!

Pedro Escobedo Pedro Escobedo
Hello, my name is Pedro Escobedo and I am a junior majoring in molecular and cellular biology. In addition to majoring in MCB, I also decided to minor in chemistry and Spanish. Since high school, I've wanted to pursue a career in the medical field. Currently, I am studying to attend medical school with an interest in neurology and oncology. I participate in a variety of extracurriculars such as LAS Leaders, Phi Delta Epsilon, and work as tutor at the Office of Minority Student Affairs. This past semester, I was elected to serve as an Illinois Student Senator for the 2016-2017 academic year. I also enjoy volunteering at Carle hospital. I look forward to meeting my future students and guide them in finding their passion at the University of Illinois.

Keegan Gaspari Keegan Gaspari
Hello! My name is Keegan and I am a senior studying communication. My hope is to find a job in marketing or public relations. I think it would be really cool to be a brand manager for a really popular product. This past summer I interned at a social media/digital marketing company called 10X Studios. I created social media content and campaigns for multiple brands. It was challenging but a lot of fun. Commuting to Chicago, however, not so much. I'm a big fan of tennis, politics, the Cubs, and The Office. On campus, I am involved with multiple organizations including the Department of Communication Leaders, the Public Relations Student Society of America, and Alpha Phi Omega.

Michelle Favela Michelle Favela
Welcome, class of 2020! I am Michelle Favela, a junior studying history with a secondary education minor. As a Golden Apple Scholar, I hope to teach high school social sciences after college and eventually pursue a graduate degree in education. On campus, I have the best job ever at La Casa Cultural Latina and I also tutor fourth-graders at a local elementary school. I am also a McNair Scholar who enjoys doing research on education and health. I am a new member of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority. This summer, I will study abroad in Valparaiso, Chile, in where I will have the opportunity to be in the classroom observing high-school students. I am excited to be an LAS 101 intern, and can not wait to work with you all!

Navroop Gill Navroop Gill
Welcome to Illinois, Class of 2020! My name is Roop Gill and I am a junior majoring in molecular and cellular biology and psychology with a premed concentration. The goal is to head to medical school after graduation and specialize in orthopedics. Outside of classes, I work in a research lab, volunteer as a big sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters, and am the marketing chair of my medical fraternity, Phi Delta Epsilon. When I'm not drowning in coffee and studying, you can usually find me at the ARC, binge-watching Netflix, or grabbing some cookies from Insomnia. I'm so excited to meet you all. Welcome to the Illini family!

Adrian Gonzalez Adrian Gonzalez
Hi everyone! I am Adrian Gonzalez and I am going to be a senior this coming fall. I am originally from Westmont, Illinois, but recently moved to Bolingbrook, Illinois. I am a statistics major and am earning a minor in business as well as in philosophy. I studied abroad this past spring semester in the United Kingdom. Studying abroad was one of the best experiences I have had at the University of Illinois. I learned so much about world politics and even a great deal about the United States and its history. I traveled through Europe, visiting four countries. During my travels, I met many different people, as well, and established lasting friendships with many of them.

Jeffrey Gougis Jeffrey Gougis
Welcome to University of Illinois! My name is Jeffrey Gougis and I am a senior from Chicago. I am currently double majoring in molecular and cellular biology and psychology, with a concentration in behavioral neuroscience. I am on a premed track with plans of becoming a neurologist in the future. I am pretty involved on campus as a chair in my medical fraternity PhiDE, a member of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, a research assistant in the Decision Neuroscience Lab, and an I-Connect facilitator. Beyond these activities, I love to sing, binge-watch Netflix (Daredevil is my favorite and I like Marvel movies in general), watching musicals/theater, and traveling. I am so excited to meet you guys and help make the transition into college a smooth one!

Matthew Heffernan Matthew Heffernan
Welcome, new Illini! My name is Matt Heffernan and I am from the northwest side of Chicago. I'm majoring in molecular and cellular biology with a minor in chemistry. After graduating, I plan on attending medical school. Here on campus, I am involved in a number of activities including research, orchestra, volunteering, and the Greek system as a member of Beta Theta Pi. I love Chicago sports and am a huge White Sox fan. I can't wait to meet all of you and I am very excited to be your LAS 101 intern!

Lauren Hoover Lauren Hoover
Hello, class of 2020! My name is Lauren and I'm a junior majoring in molecular and cellular biology with a minor in chemistry. After college, I plan on going to PA school to pursue a career in the medical field. Along with being an LAS 101 Intern, I'm also an LAS Leader and do a lot of volunteer work around campus. University of Illinois has become my home, and I hope you love it here as much as I do! Go Illini!

Helena Igbo Helena Igbo
My name is Helena Igbo and I am currently a senior in molecular and cellular biology with a minor in chemistry and global studies. I recently did a year-long study abroad program in Newcastle, United Kingdom. I am a premed student with an obsession for cats and traveling. I hope to become a geriatrcian one day and volunteer for Doctors without Borders. In my spare time, I love to hang out with friends as well has volunteer for many societies like IEMS and at Carle Hospital. I also work at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts, which is a great place to see theater productions!

Adrianna Jelen Adrianna Jelen
Hi fellow Illini! My name is Adrianna Jelen, and I am a senior in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. I am majoring in molecular and cellular biology, while also pursuing a minor in chemistry and a certificate in neuroscience. I am also greatly involved on our campus and in our community. I volunteer with multiple organizations, assist with research in a couple of labs, and am a part of many RSOs. After I graduate, I will be taking a gap year, during which I plan to be working and applying to medical schools, with the ultimate goal of becoming a pediatrician or cardiologist. I have had a remarkable three years here at the U of I, and can't wait to see what the future holds.

Jane Kanter Jane Kanter
I'm a senior in global studies, with minors in French and earth, society, and environmental studies. Im a native of Champaign-Urbana and an ex-theater nerd. I spent my junior year living in Senegal and doing preliminary work for my senior research project. Ive been involved with Students for Environmental Concerns and other groups at the campus YMCA, as well as with the campus LGBT community. After graduation, I plan to pursue a master's degree in library and information science. When not working on school, I can be found knitting, experimenting in the kitchen, or reading any book that crosses my path.

Christos Kapsalis Christos Kapsalis
Hello, class of 2020! My name is Christos Kapsalis and I am a junior majoring in history and minoring in panish and political science. I am from Frankfort, Illinois, which is a south suburb of Chicago. Being involved on campus is important to me, as I am a member of various RSOs. I am on the executive board of my fraternit,y Delta Upsilon. I was also an intern for the Illinois Public Interest Research Group on campus. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, reading, and watching movies. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany. Welcome to four great years here at U of I. I can't wait to meet you all!

Hannah Kaufmann Hannah Kaufmann
Hi, my name is Hannah Kaufmann. I am a senior studying actuarial science. My professional goals start with having a full-time position after graduating. As an actuary, you have to pass a number of exams that are similar to going to graduate school. So, for the first few years after graduation, I will be focusing on those. I would really like to live in Chicago for a while and then hopefully move to another city around the country. I also want to start visiting different places around the world, including Greece and Australia.

Emily Kroeger Emily Kroeger
Class of 2020, welcome to Illinois! I am a major in molecular and cellular biology, with a minor in chemistry. I hope to attend medical school after I graduate this upcoming year. Being the vice president of programming, I am heavily involved in pre-medical fraternity, Phi Delta Epsilon. I also volunteer at Carle Hospital in the NICU, have volunteered abroad in Peru, and I am involved in a neuropsychopharmacology research lab. I am also an intern for the Summer Registration program through our Office of Undergraduate Admissions, so you may have seen me this summer when you registered for classes. These next four years are going to be incredible experience, so get excited for this next part of your life!

Christine Kurtr Christine Kurt
Welcome to U of I, class of 2020! My name is Christine Kurt and I'm from Frankfort, Illinois, a southwest suburb of Chicago. I am a senior double-majoring in psychology and Spanish. After graduation, I hope to (avoid leaving U of I for a few more years and) pursue my master's degree in industrial-organizational psychology. On campus, I keep busy with my sorority, Alpha Xi Delta, and other clubs, such as Best Buddies. I also work at Nugent hall as a personal assistant and intern at State Farm. In my free time, I love hanging out with friends, baking, playing pickup softball and sand volleyball, and cheering on the Blackhawks and White Sox. I cannot wait to meet you all this fall and help you make your time at U of I amazing!

Andrianna Kurzenberger Andrianna Kurzenberger
Hello, Illini! My name is Andrianna, and I am currently a junior studying political science and minoring in sociology. I am a James Scholar and a part of the political science honors program, so I have plenty of experience in organization and time management to share. I serve as a vice president of my sorority, Pi Beta Phi. I am deeply involved with our official student government, the Illinois Student Senate, where I serve as Chief of Staff and Big Ten campus liaison. When I'm not studying or hanging out with friends, you can usually find me eating Chopstix take out or watching Illinois' amazing a cappella groups perform. Again, welcome to the best school in the Big Ten, the home of the orange and blue! I-L-L!

Ben Kusinski Ben Kusinski
I'm Ben Kusinski and I'm a junior from the northwest side of Chicago. I'm majoring in history, with a minor in leadership studies. I'm a Chick Evans Scholar and a soldier in the Illinois Army National Guard. I'm also a member of the Reserve Officer's Training Corps and will commission as an officer in the Army upon graduation. I hopes to make a career out of the military.

Mahak Lalani Mahak Lalani
Hello incoming freshmen. I'm a senior majoring in psychology with a concentration in behavioral neuroscience and a minor in chemistry. After graduation, I plan to go to Graduate school and eventually work in the field of mental health. On campus, I am the vice president for the National Alliance for Mental Illness. I am also the scretary for the American Red Cross Club at Illinois, and the vice president of Partnership Walk. I am also a Counseling Center Paraprofessional. I love meeting and talking to new people, so feel free to come talk to me about anything. I can't wait to meet you all and be a part of your transition into college life.

Micaela Lucas Micaela Lucas
I'm Micaela and I'm a senior at the U of I, graduating a semester early. I'm originally from the border of the Chicago city limits and I am fortunate to be from a diverse neighborhood. I had the pleasure to grow up with people from all walks of life. I am a double major in psychology and spanish. Being a student at U of I has opened up my eyes to limitless opportunities and interests. I spent the summer of 2016 studying abroad in Granada, Spain. I have also been involved on campus in the arts, in Greek life, volunteering at the hospital, and working at Espresso Royale at Grainger Library. I also interned on campus, where I studied child maltreatment and educated students in Champaign-Urbana elementary schools about safety.

Eduardo Martinez Eduardo Martínez
Welcome to Illinois, everyone! My name is Eduardo Martínez and I am a junior majoring in political science and English, with a minor in secondary education. I consider myself an activist. The abolishment of the school-to-prison pipeline, synergistic community building, life choices that can affect others; I'm constantly attempting to better myself and the environments that I thrive in. I am a Golden Apple Scholar, I am involved in multiple RSOs on campus, I run my own social justice magazine, and I ran in the Cross Country Club until my foot decided to quit on me (I'm fine now). If not in class, I have my headphones on, probably listening to Kanye West. I'm really excited to learn and share experiences with you all this coming semester!

Kelly McEathron Kelly McEathron
Hi! My name is Kelly and I am a senior majoring in English. My passion is reading and analyzing books. In my opinion, there is nothing better than losing yourself in a good book, whether it is by the beach or in the English Building. In the near future, I'd like to work for a publishing house and concentrate on literature aimed at young adults. Some life goals are to take a step on every continent, visit the seven wonders of the world, and embrace the many different cultures that I will encounter on my tour of the world.

Andrea Mireles Andrea Mireles
Hello, class of 2020! Welcome to your new home! My name is Andrea Mireles and I am a senior in psychology with a minor in political science. Post-graduation, my goal is to attend law school. In the fall, you can find me with the LAS Leaders, hanging with AMPS, or doing research in the psych department. Aside from all the academics, I am the proud mother of an outgoing 2-year-old and proud wife to a very supportive husband. When I have a few minutes to myself, I enjoy watching movies/shows on Netflix and Hulu. I am honored to be a part of your freshman year adventures, and I hope I can use my past experiences to guide you in any and all ways!

Emma Moore Emma Moore
Sup, classy homies of 2020! My name is Emma, and I am a junior in integrative biology with an informatics minor. In the future, I am hoping to become a genetic counselor or, if all else fails, to conduct research. I am also a member of the professional chemistry fraternity on campus, Alpha Chi Sigma, which I love. LAS 101 really benefited me as a freshman, so I am hoping to pass that on! Hope you all have a great year, full of studying, hard work, and plenty of fun!

Madeline Mortensen Madeline Mortensen
Hi LAS Illini! I'm a senior majoring in communication and minoring in leadership studies. During my time at Illinois, I've been the intern for the College of LAS Student Academic Affairs Office and a tutor for the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics. I'm currently a Turner Fellow for the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and the outreach chair for the Goal of Learning Project. Upon graduation, I plan to pursue a master's degree in higher education, and then I hope to work in administration for a university. I'm an Illini enthusiast and have relished every moment I've spent at the U of I. I hope to share my love for this school and assist you with the skills needed to succeed at Illinois. I-L-L and go Illini!

Vamsikrishna Naidu Vamsikrishna Naidu
Hey everyone! My name is Vamsi Naidu and I'm a senior majoring in molecular and cellular biology. I was born and raised in Champaign, however I went to a residential high school in Aurora, Illinois. After that I wanted to be close to family, so I decided to go here. I'm premed and am planning on applying to medical school at the end of the school year. I'll be taking a gap year and want to work as a medical scribe. I'd like to be a cardiologist but I'm not sure yet. I'm extremely passionate about providing medical care to underprivaleged communities and hope to do so once I'm a doctor. In my free time, I enjoy working out, watching movies, and hanging out with friends. I'm excited to be an intern and looking forward to a great semester!

Sara Napoli Sara Napoli
Hello! I can't wait to meet you this fall. I am a senior majoring in molecular and cellular biology and minoring in Spanish with a pre-med concentration. I'm from the southwest suburbs of Chicago. On campus, I'm pretty involved. I work in a research lab and at the Illini Union. I am an active member of Alpha Omicron Pi and the secretary of Order of Omega Honor Society. Last summer, I interned in a prenatal clinic and was a resident advisor for Bromley Hall. For fun, I love to binge watch Netflix, play the piano, and bake. I am so excited to get to know you, and help you get the most out of your next four years here at the University of Illinois!

Kevin O'Keefe Kevin O'Keefe
Hey class of 2020! Bonjour, class of 2020! I'm Kevin O'Keefe and I'm so excited to help make your first semester here at U of I the best that it can be! I'm a current senior majoring in French studies and double-minoring in political science & global studies. This summer, I'm interning with the American Red Cross as a blood services intern. After college, I'm hoping to pursue a master's in public health with a focus in health law & human rights. On campus, I'm the vice president of LAS Leaders. Last fall, I studied abroad in Paris, France, at Sciences Po, one of the nation's top universities. I had the best time exploring new places and meeting people from around the world! I cannot wait to get to know you & help you start your journey here at Illinois! I-L-L!

Ayesha Patel Ayesha Patel
Welcome to U of I! My name is Ayesha Patel and I am currently a junior studying history and secondary education. After graduation, I hope to teach in the Chicago Public Schools and give back to the school system that shaped my early educational experience. On campus, I am involved in I-connect, a diversity and inclusion workshop, where I facilitate discussions ad workshops in order to create a more inclusive campus. I am also involved in a social justice organization called UMMA, in which we organize discussions/lectures on social issues. I also tutor elementary and high-school kids in the Champaign School District, which has been an amazing mentoring and educational experience. I'm so excited to meet you all!

Megan Patel Megan Patel
Hey class of 2020! Welcome to the Illini fam! My name is Megan Patel. I am a senior majoring in economics and I'm premed (yes, it's kind of odd and yes, it's possible). After graduating, I will (hopefully) attend medical school. On campus, I'm a part of Delta Phi Omega and the South Asian Pre-Health Association. I also volunteer at Carle Hospital. When I'm not at the library, you'll find me shopping, watching Netflix, or hanging out with friends. A piece of advice to you: branch out of your comfort zone and have fun because these will be the best four years of your life. I cant wait to meet you all and help you transition into this amazing university. I-L-L!

Riddhi Paudel Riddhi Paudel
Welcome to Illinois, everyone! My name is Riddhi and I am senior studying chemistry with a minor in Spanish. I recently applied to medical school and would like to become a doctor. I hope to run a half marathon this upcoming spring but training in the summer is hard with the heat. I love watching sports and I am huge Blackhawks fan. On campus, I do research, volunteer, and work. I enjoy spending afternoons at Carle Hospital on the rehabilitation floor with patients of all different backgrounds. I cannot wait to meet you all and help you make Illinois feel like home!

Lauryn Payne Lauryn Payne
Hello, class of 2020! Congratulations and welcome to the University Of Illinois Urbana Champaign. I am a current senior pursuing a double major in psychology and communication. Upon graduation, I would like to begin working on master and doctoral degree, both in psychology. On campus, I am involved in many organizations. I'm the vice president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a research assistant for psychology graduate students, an office assistant for the resident director of Hopkins Hall, and more. When I am not being active in my organizations, I spend time with my friends and family. I am very excited about LAS 101 and can't wait to meet you all!

Heena Pithadia Heena Pithadia
Welcome to the University of Illinois! My name is Heena, and I'm a junior studying psychology. I plan on attending graduate school. On campus, I have been involved with different psychology research labs. I am also a First Year Campus Acquaintance Rape Education (FYCARE) workshop facilitator and an I-Connect Diversity and Inclusion workshop facilitator. In my free time, I enjoy writing, traveling, and hanging out with friends. I'm looking forward to meeting all of you!

Alexandra Rabadan Alexandra Rabadan
Welcome home, class of 2020! My name is Alex Rabadan and I am a senior majoring in psychology with a minor in communication. I'm hoping to pursue human resources as a career. The University of Illinois has brought me many friendships and even greater opportunities. Throughout my time here, I have had the opportunity to be a research assistant in a psychology lab as well as being president of my sorority. This past semester, I was fortunate enough to further enrich my education overseas at the GustoLab Institute in Rome, Italy. Though I loved exploring the rest of the world, I am glad to be back in my hometown! This summer I am excited to be interning for Ferrara Candy Company. I am eager to meet all of you!

Chamira Sankey Chamira Sankey
Hi my name is Chamira Sankey and I am a senior double majoring in psychology and communication. After undergrad, I plan to enroll in a graduate school to obtain my master's in educational psychology to be an accredited school psychologist. The bigger goal is to obtain a PhD and do research about the roles and relationships teachers and counselors have with adolescents and how it may positively or negatively affect their education and future. On campus, I am the director of cultural programs for the Illini Union Board, president of HipNotic Dance Team, and a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Community Elements in the Champaign-Urbana community. I am also the program coordinator for NHA.

Diana Sarfo Diana Sarfo
Hello all! Originally from Chicago, I'm a senior with a major in molecular and cellular biology minoring in chemistry and social work. I hope to continue pursuing my career in medicine after graduating. I keep myself pretty busy on campus. I am co-chair on the board of McKinley, and I work at Carle Hospital and with the office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations. Along with being on the board of other registered student organizations, I am also an MCB Leader! Amidst my professional goals and when I'm not studying, I love doing hair, and watching the best movies Hollywood and Netflix can offer while stuffing my face with Oreos, Steak and Shake and Diet Cokes. I am super excited to meet you all. Welcome!

Mara Shapiro Mara Shapiro
Hi everyone! I'm a senior majoring in English and minoring in secondary education, teaching of English as a second language, and gender/women's studies. Post-graduation, I am hoping to teach English in either a middle school or high school. In my free time I like to read, listen to music, work out, watch television, and hang out with my friends. I also enjoy keeping up with the Cubs and the Blackhawks and taking lots of pictures of my pets.

Toral Shastri Toral Shastri
Hi everyone! I'm Toral. I am currently a senior and double-majoring in molecular and cellular biology and psychology. I am planning on pursuing graduate school or medical school after I graduate. This past summer, I worked in a neuroscience lab in Florida, where I looked at genes associated with Alzheimer's disease. I'm a big Harry Potter nerd and I love to draw, watch movies, and play tennis in my spare time. In addition to that, I am a huge addict of bubble tea and Chipotle. I can't wait to meet you all!

Christine Shen Christine Shen
Welcome to U of I, Class of 2020! My name is Christine Shen, and I am very excited to meet all of you all! I'm a senior, majoring in molecular and cellular biology (MCB) and minoring in chemistry. I'm from Westmont, Illinois, which is a southwestern suburb of Chicago. On campus, I am an active member of Illini Emergency Medical Services (IEMS) and will teach CPR through that organization this year. In addition, I will be working as a MCB Lab Preparatory staff member. In my spare time, I like listening to music (especially genres of rock and alternative). When I'm at home, I hang out with my parakeet, George. After I graduate, I plan on taking a gap year before attending medical school. I hope to help pave your path to success!

Swati Srivastava Swati Srivastava
Hello and welcome, class of 2020! My name is Swati Srivastava and I am a junior majoring in integrative biology and psychology. At the University of Illinois, I assist in research being done in Language Acquisition Lab, am an active member in Integrative Illini and UNICEF UIUC, as well as being a volunteer in the emergency department at Carle Hospital. During my down time, I enjoy singing, reading, drinking coffee, and binge watching shows on Netflix. I can't wait to meet you all and help start your journey at here at Illinois.

Bennett Stewart Bennett Stewart
Welcome to University of Illinois! My name is Bennett Stewart and I am a junior in the History Department. After undergrad, I hope to get accepted into law school. Next year, I am working on a thesis about labor history for the History Honors Program. I am active at school, serving on the Undergraduate Studies Committee for the History Department, and as secretary for the Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society. When I am not working on those things, I love to go camping. I can not wait to meet you all this fall!

Sabrina Tahseen Sabrina Tahseen
Welcome, class of 2020! My name is Sabrina Tahseen and I am a senior double-majoring in molecular and cellular biology and psychology. I am premed and hope to attend medical school next year! On campus, I work in a research lab and served on the executive boards of the Illini Mentor Program and Interfaith in Action. I helped organize the Fifth Annual Illinois Interfaith Conference on campus and hope to help with the sixth annual conference this year. I also volunteer at Carle Foundation Hospital as a student escort. In my free time, I binge-watch Netflix, search for interesting new recipes to cook, and hang out with friends. I've had an amazing experience at the University of Illinois and can't wait to help you kick off your journey!

Stephanie Teeling Stephanie Teeling
Hi everyone, welcome to U of I! I'm Steph and I'm majoring in molecular and cellular biology and minoring in chemistry. I'm a junior and hope to go to medical school and become a cardiologist! I'm a huge fan of country music, coffee, volleyball, and traveling. I'm a volunteer at Carle Hospital, a preceptor for Organic Chemistry II, and am involved in my sorority. I'm super excited to be the intern for some of y'all and am looking forward to a great semester!

Faith Teodoro Faith Teodoro
I'm a junior majoring in molecular and cellular biology and minoring in anthropology. I hope to one day work in the medical field. For the past two years, I've worked in the Carl Woese Institute for Genomic Biology to help find a genetic signal to preterm birth variances. I was born in the Philippines and now live in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. I enjoy Zumba classes, going on food runs, Pinterest DIYs, and binge watching shows on Netflix.

Subeena Thomas Subeena Thomas
Welcome to Illinois, class of 2020! My name is Subeena Thomas, and I am currently a junior studying molecular and cellular biology, with minors in business and chemistry. As a kid, my dream was to be an astronaut, but I ame back down to Earth and realized my deep passion for dentistry. I love meeting new people from different backgrounds and trying new things. In my time at the U of I, I've traveled to Honduras for medical missions, served on an executive board and hosted an intercollegiate dance competition (twice!), and assisted chairside in dental procedures such as extractions! When I want to bum around, you can find me on my couch watching Friends with a box of Insomnia at the ready. I'm looking forward to meeting you guys! I-L-L!

Kevin Tom Kevin Tom
Welcome to the University of Illinois, Class of 2020! My name is Kevin Tom, and I am currently a senior majoring in economics with a minor in chemistry. After graduation, I have plans of attending medical school and becoming a physician. On campus, I am involved with various activities, including serving as a Division of General Studies Leader, an Economics Ambassador, volunteering at Carle Hospital, and conducting research. My research interests involve studying child obesity, liver cancer, leukemia, and systemic sclerosis. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, going the gym, playing the guitar, and hanging out with friends and family. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out! I am excited to work with all of you this fall!

Kelley Tran Kelley Tran
My name is Kelley and I'm a junior. I am from Glen Ellyn, a west suburb of Chicago. I am currently studying molecular and cellular biology. I hope to be able to work in the medical field when I finish school and travel abroad to volunteer with underprivileged countries. I'm currently the volunteer doordinator for a club that does a similar thing called the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children. My favorite things to do are cook, travel, and spend time with my friends and family. I absolutely love trying new things and exploring the natural world. In my free time, I also like to go on bike rides and listen to Harry Potter audiobooks.

Michael Trapp Michael Trapp
Hi, I'm currently a junior at Illinois. I am pursuing a major in integrative biology and a minor in business. I am from Long Grove, Illinois, which is north of Chicago. In my free time, I love to play hockey and spend lots of time in nature, usually hiking. My career plans include the fields of biotechnology, sustainability, and renewable energy.

Anupriya Tripathi Anupriya Tripathi
Hello, and welcome to University of Illinois! My name is Anupriya Tripathi and I am a junior double-majoring in molecular and cellular biology and statistics. I'e moved all over the place so you can consider me from Saratoga, California, Naperville, Illinois, and India! My goal after graduation is to become a data scientist in either a biotechnology or technology company. I am the assistant director of accounting for IEMS and the social chair for my premedical fraternity, Phi Delta Epsilon. I work in a research lab in Food Science and Human Nutrition. In my free time, I love to read, binge watch Netflix, work out, and travel! I am so excited to be a part of your journey here and I hope you have a fabulous next four years here as a Fighting Illini!

Ogorchi Ujari Ogorchi Ujari
I'm a junior from Naperville, Illinois, and I'm currently majoring in molecular and celluar biology. In my time at Naperville Central High School, I took interesting science classes like biotech, anatomy, and molecular biology that led me to discover my passion for science. Through each of these courses, I explored different aspects of biology and gained a greater appreciation of the true breadth of the sciences. I've carried my passion for science with me to the University of Illinois and I plan to share it with as many other students as possible. Currently, I volunteer my time with the Chemistry REACT program and I'm the on the exec board for Sistas in Stem.

AHeidi Warning Heidi Warning
Hi! I am a senior studying economics with minors in business and political science. I am a member of the Phi Chi Theta professional business fraternity, and serve as a project associate and social coordinator for the social entrepreneurship organization Enactus. Over the summer, I interned in Princeton, New Jersey, as a data analyst for Bloomberg. I have previously interned in the logistics department at Jimmy John's corporate office. If you have questions related to internship-seeking, I'd be happy to help ya out! In my free time, I enjoy reading, outdoorsy activities (hiking, tubing, boating, etc.), and trying out all the eateries in the Champaign-Urbana area. I am excited to meet you all and look forward to a fantastic semester!

Ashley Wehrheim Ashley Wehrheim
Hello, class of 2020, welcome to the University of Illinois! My name is Ashley Wehrheim and I am excited to be your LAS 101 intern this fall! I am a senior double-majoring in molecular and cellular biology and psychology. I am passionate about helping others and I hope to become a physician someday. On campus, I am activlty involved in Carle Hospital as a student leader in the oncology department. In addition I hold the position of vice president of philanthropy for Illini for Alzheimer's. I also work as research assistant in Dr. Gulley's neuropsychopharmacology lab. In my free time, you can find me avoiding working out, hanging out with friends, and stuffing myself full of pasta. I'm looking forward to meeting you all this semester!

Kaitlyn Wehrheim Kaitlyn Wehrheim
Welcome, class of 2020! My name is Kaitlyn Wehrheim and I am a senior majoring in molecular and cellular biology and psychology. After graduation, my aspiration is to become a physician. While I'm not studying, I am a research assistant in a neuroanatomical and behavioral neuroscience lab, a student leader at Carle Hospital, the director of service for Illini for of Alzheimer's, and the membership development chair for Alpha Chi Omega. For fun, you can find me hanging out with friends, dreaming about traveling, eating an excessive amount of chicken nuggets, and petting every dog that I can find on the Quad. I am excited to get to know all of you and to help you all make the most out of your next four years here at Illinois!

Claire Wheaton Claire Wheaton
Hello, class of 2020 and welcome to the College of LAS here at the University of Illinois! My name is Claire and I am a junior double-majoring in molecular and cellular bology and psychology. After graduation, I plan to attend medical school and continue on to become a surgeon. Here on campus, I am a clarinet player in the University Band, a tutor in the living learning communities at Florida Avenue Residence Hall, an active member of Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honor Society, as well as a research assistant working in the Psychology Department's Cognitive Development Lab. Outside of class and these activities, I enjoy reading political op-eds, watching and re-watching episodes of House MD, and drinking lots of coffee.

Marissa Wilko Marissa Wilko
Welcome, class of 2020! My name is Marissa Wilko and I am a senior double-majoring in chemistry and Spanish here at University of Illinois. I hope to pursue a career in the medical field and continue to build my Spanish proficiency to be able to work in South America. Along with serving as a LAS 101 intern, I work in a kinesiology research lab on campus, am a member of the GLOBE program, and am currently the vice president of the Foundation for the International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC). I also work as an I-Star on campus and recently studied abroad in Granada, Spain. I am so excited to serve as an intern this fall and I hope to pass along as much knowledge as I can!

Victoria Winner Victoria Winner
Hi everyone! My name is Victoria Winner and I am a senior majoring in psychology and communication. I'm excited to be one of your LAS 101 interns this fall! On campus, I am a Best Buddies mentor, a volunteer for the Urbana Park District girls basketball program, and the social chairwoman for the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. Over the summer, I interned at NBC 5 Chicago as an integrated sales and marketing intern. In my future, I hope to become a clinical psychologist. I can't wait to get to know all of you!