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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)

Ademola Akinrinola Ademola Akinrinola
Congratulations! Welcome to Illinois and the College of LAS. I am a doctoral student in the Education Policy, Organization and Leadership Department. My research interests include equity of and access to quality education by minoritized students, politics of education, the experiences of international students in U.S. higher education institutions, and the role of education in attaining socioeconomic equality in emerging economies (especially in Sub-Saharan Africa). I love to teach and am excited to work with you all. I look forward to the bright years ahead, supporting you to navigate college successfully in ways you find fulfilling.

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!

Perry Benson Perry Benson Jr.
Welcome! I am a native of Chicago and currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Education Policy, Organization & Leadership Department. I received my B.A. from U of I in Sociology and M.A. degree in Leadership & Organizational Studies from Fresno Pacific University. My current research interest explores the sociology of education, equity, and access in higher education, as well as college preparation and programs for urban African American students. I have worked extensively with the Office of Minority Student Affairs, the Education Justice Project, in addition to providing mentoring, ministry and community service. I enjoy travel and spending time with family and friends. I am excited to meet new students while working with the College of LAS.

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 sixth 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!!

Jari Minnett Jari Minnett
Hi everyone and welcome to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences! My name is Jari Minnett and I am a second-year doctoral student in Higher Education. My research interests are Black student activism and identity development. I am from Meridian, MS and earned a bachelor's (English) and a master's (Student Personnel/Higher Education) degree from the University of Mississippi. The lessons learned in my freshman seminar course were instrumental to my success in college, and I believe LAS 101 with play a similar role in your collegiate experiences. Best wishes as you begin a new chapter at Illinois. I look forward to meeting you all!

LAS 101 interns

Kristen Abrahamson Kristen Abrahamson
Hi, my name is Kristen Abrahamson! I am a senior majoring in Communication and minoring in Public Relations. My dream job after graduation is to work at an agency that does experiential marketing and public relations for various brands. When I'm not spending my time on academics I enjoy working out, watching movies, and hanging out with friends.

Grace Akin Grace Akin
Hi! My name is Grace and I am a senior in MCB. I want to pursue an MHA after undergrad with the end goal of running a hospital someday! I love to run and am currently training for my first marathon. I also enjoy knitting and anything involving dogs. I am excited to be an LAS 101 intern because I think I'll get to meet a bunch of awesome people in my class of students!

Sebastian Aviles Sebastian Aviles
Hey everyone! Welcome to Illinois. I'm excited to work with you for the Fall 2017 semester. I'm a senior in Psychology with an Industrial-Organizational concentration. I'm pursuing a masters or doctorate degree (preferably doctorate) and I want to work as a director of Human Resources. This is my second year as an LAS 101 Intern, and I'm excited to have an awesome semester with you guys! See you soon.

Briana Banks Briana Banks
Hello class of 2021, and welcome to the University of Illinois! Attending U of I has been one of the best decisions I've ever made and I hope you all fall in love with our beautiful campus just as I have! I am currently a Senior majoring in Integrative Biology with a minor in Chemistry. I aspire to pursue a career in the medical field. On campus, I am the President of the Alpha Nu Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a research assistant at the Carl Woese Institute of Genomic Biology, and a Group Leader for 100 Strong. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends. I look forward to helping each of you embark on this new journey in life!!

Yixin Bao Yixin Bao
Welcome, new Illini! My name is Yixin Bao and I am currently a sophomore majoring in Mathematics and Political Science with a business minor. I am also a James Scholar in LAS. My goal after college is to go graduate school. In my spare time, I love to visit the ARC, the largest recreation center on campus. I am getting a kitten soon, which is really exciting! Overall, I can't wait to meet each of you and am looking forward to a great semester! Go Illini!

Ljubica Basica Ljubica Basica
Hi class of 2021! My name is Ljubica Basica, but most people call me LJ. I am a senior studying political science and history with a concentration in civic leadership from Martinsville, Virginia. I am an I-STAR, which is our fancy word for tour guide, for the Office of Admissions. I serve as the VP External for Illini Pride and I go to almost all the sporting events at the University, not just football and basketball! I am also a charter member of my sorority Phi Mu. I interned in Washington, D.C. as a part of the Illinois in Washington program in summer 2016 and I want to go back out there for law school in fall 2018. Can't wait to meet you all and I-L-L!

Macy Bauer Macy Bauer
Hi everyone! My name is Macy Bauer. I'm a junior majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Psychology. I am involved in a social sorority on campus where I served as the philanthropy chair for two semesters. I am also in Phi Delta Epsilon, the premedical fraternity. I work here on campus as an MCB Preparatory Staff member as well as an I-STAR. Lastly, I am involved in Psychology research in the Infant Cognition Lab and a research assistant for Dr. Joey Cheng. Please know I am always here for any questions you may have. I can't wait to meet you all!

Tamara Beercroft Tamara Beercroft
Hi everyone, welcome to the University of Illinois! My name is Tami Beecroft and I'm excited to help you through your first semester of college. I'm from a south-west suburb of Chicago called Downers Grove. I am a junior double majoring in economics and actuarial science. Currently, I'm planning to pursue a career as an actuary and complete a doctorate in economics. On campus, I'm involved in the Actuarial Science Club and the Illini Women in Economics. When I have spare time, I like to read, knit, or spend time with friends. Let me know if you need anything, I'm looking forward to getting to know you! Campus can seem overwhelming at first, but I promise you, there's something here for everyone and you will find your niche.

Gianna Bendinelli Ginanna Bendinelli
Hello, Illini! Welcome to the best school in the Big Ten! My name is Gianna, and I am currently a junior studying communication and minoring in public relations. After graduation, I plan on attending graduate school to further my education. Along with being a LAS 101 intern, I serve as Vice President of Communication for my sorority and work at Te'Shurt. Next semester I will be studying abroad in Europe and cannot wait to see the world! I can't wait to meet all of you! I-L-L!

Supriya Bhuvanagiri Supriya Bhuvanagiri
Hi Everyone! My name is Supriya Bhuvanagiri, and I am a Junior majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology, with minors in Business and Chemistry. Following graduation, I hope to pursue a career in medicine. Here on campus, I work athletic events for Illini Emergency Medical Services, fundraise for Children's Miracle Network with Phi Delta Epsilon, and provide free screenings for low-income residents of Champaign for IMSS. In my free time, I love spending time with my friends and dancing. I'm excited to meet all the freshmen in my LAS 101 class, and GO ILLINI!

Chase Block Chase Bloch
Welcome class of 2021! My name is Chase and I am a senior majoring in political science and economics with a minor in philosophy. I keep myself pretty busy outside of classes as a research assistant with Dr. Singer, the Editor-in-chief of the Illinois Journal of International Security (IJOIS), and a member of the executive board of ACDIS Student Security Group. In the future, I plan to pursue a PhD in international relations and become a professor. I hope that I can help you to achieve your goals as well!.

Britt Bruce Britt Bruce
Hi!! My name is Britt Bruce and I am from Park Ridge. I'm a senior majoring in integrative biology and just spent my last semester of school studying in Melbourne, Australia. This will be my second year being an intern and I can't wait to help you all learn about the amazing things this school has to offer!

Mariah Byrd Mariah Byrd
Hello everyone. I am currently a Junior majoring in Communications and looking to minor in Public Relations. I am on the Pre-Law track to be an Entertainment, Media, and Sports Attorney or just a sports agent -- I haven't decided which one yet. I am on a dance team and am involved in many different organizations on this campus so feel free to ask me about them. My goal for the next two years is to finish by December 2018 and graduate with Summa Cum Laude status. My goal is to be one of the best and most well-known sports attorney or agent. I did a complete 180 as far as my career path so please remember to be open minded at this school because there are more opportunities than you can even think of!

Lindsay Cardosi Lindsay Cardosi
Welcome class of 2021! My name is Lindsay Cardosi and I'm a junior majoring in History with a minor in Political Science on the Pre-Law track. My plans for the future include attending law school, working as an attorney, States' Attorney, and hopefully, a judge! I am an active member in my sorority, Delta Gamma, aspiring to be president this spring. In addition, I'm the Vice President Public Relations for Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society, and on the Internal Affairs Committee for Illinois Student Senate. I am very excited to meet all of you and am looking forward to a fun year!

Savannah Carter Savannah Carter
Hello! My name is Savannah, and I am currently a Psychology major in the college of LAS with a minor in Speech and Hearing Science in the college of Applied Health Sciences. I am from a small, central Illinois town called Morris that prides itself on corn and football. I am not positive what I would like to do in the future, but currently, I am heavily involved on campus. Along with being an LAS 101 intern, I facilitate iConnect workshops on diversity and inclusion for first year students. In addition, I am in the social sorority Phi Mu, and I am on the executive board for Illini Pride, which is in charge of student sections for all sporting events. I am in charge of football game days. I can't wait to meet you all!

Monish Chheda Monish Chheda
Hey everyone! My name is Monish Chheda and I am a senior studying molecular and cellular biology. On campus, I am involved on a dance team, a research group, and a professional and social fraternity. I am planning on attending medical school after undergrad. Can't wait to meet you all and to have a great year!

Cinny Chui Cinny Chui
Hey Class of 2021! I am Cinny, a current junior. My major is Global Studies, however, I am changing my major. Feel free to ask me if you have problems and concerns about changing your major, it is completely common! I am on pre-med track. Hopefully I will attend medical school after my undergraduate. My life goal is to be an obstetrician/gynecologist. In my free time, I enjoy playing piano, eating (typical #Foodie), and exploring different parts of the world! I am looking forward to working with you guys! I will be here for you guys whenever you guys need me! Can't wait to meet you guys in the fall! Welcome to the University! I-L-L! !

Kellie Clinton Kellie Clinton
Welcome class of 2021! My name is Kellie Clinton and I am a senior double majoring in History and Political Science with a minor in English. After graduation, I hope to go on and get my masters in Library Sciences, specializing in K-12 education. Here at Illinois, I've kept myself plenty busy! I'm a member of Alpha Omicron Pi, a social sorority, and have been on executive board of the History Honors Society for the past three years. I also work at two different libraries on campus! In my free time, you can find me binging a new show on Netflix, hanging with friends, or drinking too much coffee. I'm excited to get to meet all of you this year and show you how amazing Illinois is!

Andrea Colin Andrea Colin
Hi everyone! I am super excited to be an LAS 101 intern this upcoming fall! I have lived in Aurora all my life before coming to Champaign. I am going to be a senior this year and I am majoring in molecular and cellular biology with a minor in Spanish. When I graduate, I hope to be a clinical lab scientist. Outside of classes, I am involved in the Illinois Women's Club Basketball Team as well as my church and I am an MCB leader for the biology department. I also love running, traveling, TV shows and movies!

Paige Costelloe Paige Costelloe
Hi! I'm Paige and I'm an incoming senior studying communications. I'm from LaGrange, IL and attended Lyons Township High School back in the day. I am currently pursuing a leadership certificate and intern at Illinois Connection doing student advocacy.

Marisa Cullnan Marisa Cullnan
Hi everyone and welcome to U of I! My name is Marisa and I'm a senior majoring in Developmental Psychology and minoring in French. I'm from the southwest side of Chicago (truly the city, not a suburb!) so I love the Blackhawks and my dog Buster (named after Buster Bluth). On campus, I have been heavily involved in research and I am also a Chick Evans Scholar. I studied abroad in Paris, France and can tell you where to get the best latte on campus. After undergrad, my goals are to pursue a PhD in human development and social policy as well as own as many dogs as I possibly can! There's nothing I enjoy more than a night spent with tacos, good friends, and The Office! Welcome to the best school on earth and go Illini!

Weronika Dabros Weronika Dabros
My name is Weronika, and I am a junior majoring in Integrative Biology on the Pre-Dental track. I'm from Chicago (yes, the real Chicago) -- specifically the Belmont Cragin area. I plan to become a dentist and possibly specialize in Orthodontics. I was born in Poland. I can fluently speak in Polish, English, and conversational in Spanish. I hope to one day put together a scholarship to offer Polish immigrants in the medical field more financial aid in higher education.

Lia Davis Lia Davis
Hi everyone! Welcome to the University of Illinois! I hope everyone is enjoying all the new opportunities that the university has to offer. My name is Lia Davis and I was born and raised in Chicago. I am a junior majoring in Communication and minoring in Arabic Studies. I am not completely sure yet what I want to do after college but I am on my way to figuring it out! Some of my hobbies on campus include hanging out with friends, you will probably see us out eating or studying at the library! I am also involved with the Delta Zeta Sorority, Illinithon, and Communication Association here on campus. I am excited to meet everybody and I am looking forward to the year ahead! .

Paul deLutio Paul deLutio
Welcome to the University of Illinois! My name is Paul deLutio. I am a junior double majoring in Chemistry and English. I belong to the Naval ROTC program on campus and am on track to be a commissioned officer in the United States Navy two years from now. I aspire to be a Naval Special Warfare Officer. Leadership is very important to me, and I hope you can gain something from my experiences in leadership roles to better prepare yourself as a leader in the future. A major goal of mine is to impact the lives of others in a positive way using hard work and dedication. I'm excited to work with all of you this fall, and working together, I will make sure everyone finds their home at the University of Illinois!

Varun Devakonda Varun Devakonda
Hi, I'm Varun Devakonda and I'm heading into my senior year studying psychology and philosophy. I am currently doing research pertaining to neuroscience and memory. I hope to attend grad school someday. Education is something I'm passionate about, and once I graduate I'll be serving as a Teach for America corps member in Miami. In my free time, I like watching basketball and playing the drums.

Jessica Doyle Jessica Doyle
Hi! My name is Jessica Doyle, but most people call me Jess. I'm a senior majoring in English. I absolutely love reading, puzzles, and helping others. I am a Chick Evans Scholar and very excited to be working with all the freshmen in the fall! My passionate love for animals has caused me to be a vegetarian for 9 years now. I hope to eventually pursue law and a career in Criminal Justice. In my free time, I enjoy reading, crafting, and watching Netflix. I am very proud and lucky to be an ILLINI and cannot wait for all the incoming students to experience and (hopefully) love our school as much as I do!

Fatima Eldes Fatima Eldes
Hello! My name is Fatima and I'm majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Behavioral Neuroscience. I am passionate about medicine, and I plan on attending graduate school in the future to work on biomedical innovations.

Ryan Evans Ryan Evans
Hello! My name is Ryan Renee and I am a senior here at Illinois. I'm currently an RA in Barton-Lundgren on the third floor, so I may be your RA, too. Professionally, I one day aspire to be a School Psychologist working in a public school setting. I'm a Developmental Psychology major and have been gaining experience in education, teaching, counseling and general development for some time (i.e. through biology and chemistry). I've taken a lot of classes, so if you ever need help or just want to chat, I'm totally available! Can't wait to meet you all!

Erica Gardner Erica Gardner
Hello new Illini! I am very excited to hear that you all chose to attend this amazing university. I hope that you will learn a lot from fellow peers and teachers throughout your college career. I am junior majoring in Communication with a minor in Spanish. I enjoy traveling, listening to music, and watching Netflix in my spare time. I cannot wait to meet you all and help you along your journey with college!

Alex Grage Alex Grage
Hi everyone! My name is Alex Grage and I am currently a Junior majoring in Statistics and Economics and minoring in Mathematics. My goal for post-college is to work in Sports Analytics for a baseball team. I am looking forward to this upcoming semester!

Robert Hill Robert Hill
Hey there. I am a junior studying chemistry here at the University of Illinois. I am from the city of Chicago, but I enjoy the small city vibe in Champaign. I am a member of American Chemical Society (ACS) on campus as well as the president of American Sign Language and Deaf Culture Club. After my undergraduate career, I will probably go to graduate school to continue doing research in environmental chemistry. Beyond that, research and teaching in academia is the goal. If I'm not busy doing school stuff, I'll usually be playing video games or my piano, cooking, bike riding, or visiting some local nature parks.

Zach Herr Zach Herr
Hi Class of 2021! My name is Zach Herr, I am a senior from Libertyville, IL. I am studying Economics with a minor in Applied Statistics. I currently serve as the President of Vis A Vis Tutoring which is an organization that helps places students in local classrooms all around the county. I interned in Washington, DC as a part of the Illinois in Washington Program a few semesters ago and spent this past summer interning in Investment Operations in Irvine, CA. After graduation, I hope to pursue a career in Data Analytics. I am greatly looking forward to welcoming you all to the University of Illinois and helping with the transition from high school to college through LAS 101.

Madeline Hornsey Madeline Hornsey
Welcome to the University of Illinois! My name is Madeline Hornsey, and I'm really excited to be your LAS 101 intern! I'm a junior majoring in Classics, and I'm originally from Alton, IL near St. Louis. After I graduate, I hope to go on to get my teaching license and eventually be a high school Latin teacher. Currently, I am an active member of Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity on campus, and work in the History library on campus. I also play violin in the Philharmonia Orchestra. I can't wait to get to know everyone, and look forward to a wonderful semester!

Sara Hoult Sara Hoult
Welcome to the University of Illinois! My name is Sara Hoult and I am a junior majoring in psychology. On campus, I am involved in Greek life and work as a monitor at Irwin Academic Center. I am also looking forward to traveling abroad second semester. After graduation, I am hoping to attend graduate school. I am so excited to meet all my freshman in LAS 101! I-L-L!

Dhwani Jain Dhwani Jain
Welcome, Class of 2021! I am a Junior pursuing a dual-degree in Economics and Finance, with a minor in Public Relations. I am an international student from India. I am currently involved with and RSO called Illini Women in Economics, which works towards the personal, academic and professional development of women in the economics major. In addition, I am involved with the Indian Student Association. I want to work in either Investment Banking or Investment Management and collaborate with an NGO that provides education for under privileged children. My hobbies include binge-watching Netflix or traveling... I wish to go to Iceland someday! Looking forward to meet each one of you!

Kate Johnson Kate Johnson
Welcome to the Illinois family, class of 2021! My name is Kate Johnson and I am a senior majoring in Integrative Biology with a minor in Gender and Women's Studies. After graduation, I hope to continue my education by studying Public Health. On campus, I am a FYCARE facilitator and a member of Beta Psi Omega, a professional biology fraternity. In my free time, I am trying food at a new restaurant or attending a concert. I am looking forward to meeting all of you and I cannot wait to help y'all have a great first semester!

Taylor Joniak Taylor Joniak
Hello everyone! My name is Taylor and I am currently a senior majoring in Mathematics. Here on campus, I am a Summer Registration intern, so you may have seen me when you registered for your classes in the summer! I am also an I-STAR, so I give tours of campus to prospective students. In addition, I am a member of Student Alumni Ambassadors, which is an organization that plans large-scale events for the university, so you may have also seen me at Illini Sights and Sounds! After graduation, I am considering pursing a future in higher education or entering the workforce. I am super excited to be a part of the LAS 101 program and I cannot wait to meet all of you!

Fjorda Jusufir Fjorda Jusufi
Hi guys! I am so excited to be your LAS 101 Intern. I am currently a Junior majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology and minoring in Philosophy. My dream is to pursue a career as a Physician! At the University, I am a part of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, Illinois Medical Screening Society, American Red Cross Association, and Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Medicine Fraternity. In my free time, I enjoy fine dining, good movies, music festivals, and sleep!! I am so excited to be a part of the LAS Intern team and I can't wait to have a great semester with my class!

Anna Kanevskaya Anna Kanevskaya
Hi everybody! I'm so excited to welcome the class of 2021 to this wonderful place that I call home. I'm a senior with a major in English and a minor in communication. At this time, I do not have one concrete goal of what I'd like to do with my life, as I ultimately want to try a little bit of everything that has to deal with writing and working with people. My life would not be complete without a dog by my side and a lot of nature hikes, so ideally my future careers will allow me to do that. Otherwise, my overarching life goal is to be happy and help others be happy, so I can't wait for you to join me on that journey!

Christos Kapsalis Christos Kapsalis
Hello Class of 2021! My name is Christos Kapsalis and I am a senior majoring in History and minoring in Spanish 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 have been on the Executive Board of my fraternity Delta Upsilon. I was also an intern for the Illinois Public Interest Research Group here 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 4 great years here at U of I, can't wait to meet you all!

Sailee Karmarkar Sailee Karmarkar
Hi new Illini, welcome to the University of Illinois! My name is Sailee and I am a junior majoring in molecular cellular biology with a minor in chemistry! Ever since I was in elementary school, science has always been my passion. I hope to graduate within 3 years, take a gap year, and hopefully attend medical school. I am a member of Phi Delta Epsilon and secretary of American Medical Student Association! Aside from school and extracurricular activities, I love Netflix, sleeping, and working out. I am excited to meet all of you and learn what inspires you!

Daniel Kay Daniel Kay
Welcome Home, Class of 2020! My name is Dylan Kay and I am a junior majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a pre-med concentration. After graduation, I plan to continue my education into medical school and specialize in Plastic Surgery. I try to stay busy on campus as a chair in my medical fraternity (AED), a medical screener for the Illini Medical Screening Society, a prep staff for the Organic Chemistry Department, and a research assistant with the Center for Parent-Child Studies. Other than that, I enjoy spending my time traveling, seeing live music, and staying active. You now go to the greatest Big10 school in the nation, congrats fam!

Ashley Kiddle Ashley Kiddle
Welcome, new Illini! I am a senior studying English and Math with a focus on Secondary Education. Someday, I hope to pursue a career in education reform and policy. During the school year, I intern at the Urbana Adult Education Center and work as a research assistant at the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. I also love to travel and am extremely excited to be spending summer 2017 teaching English in Ecuador! I can't wait to meet all of you and welcome you to the UIUC family.

Sandra Kietlinska Sandra Kietlinska
Welcome to Illinois, class of 2021! My name is Sandra Kietlinska and I'''m a senior studying molecular and cellular biology. In the future, I hope to attend medical school and pursue a career as a physician. On campus, I'm involved in a number of student organizations, including Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, Phi Delta Epsilon Premedical Fraternity, and Illini Emergency Medical Services. I'm so excited to meet you and work with you this Fall semester! I-L-L!

Adrianna Kurzenberger Adrianna Kurzenberger
Hello, Illini! My name is Andrianna, and I am currently a senior in political science honors, minoring in sociology and business. I am a James Scholar, a member of multiple honor societies, and an LAS scholarship recipient for my achievement in my field of study. I have plenty of student experience to share. Last year, I served as a vice president in my sorority Pi Beta Phi, and have been extremely involved with our official student government throughout my time on campus. I spent Spring 2017 studying abroad at The University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, and I'm so thrilled to be back in Champaign-Urbana acting as an LAS 101 Intern one last time. Again, welcome to the best Big Ten school, the home of the orange and blue! I-L-L!

Ben Kusinski Ben Kusinski
Hi Illini! I'm Ben Kusinski and I'm a senior from the northwest side of Chicago. I'm majoring in History with a minor in Leadership Studies and a certificate in Global Security. 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 hope to make a career out of the military. This is my second year as an LAS 101 intern, and I couldn't be more excited to get to know you all.

Rachael Lihosit Rachael Lihosit
Hey guys! My name is Rachael Lihosit. I am a junior majoring in psychology with a social work minor. After college, I am looking to work at a children's hospital as a Child Life Specialist. During the school year, I spend most of my time studying with my friends and serving as a member of Illinithon. The UGL is one of my favorite places because I can get work done while eating a parfait from Espresso. When I'm not doing work or at club meetings, I enjoy watching Game of Thrones and listening to alternative music. I am really excited to be an LAS 101 intern because I was in a similar program at my high school and got very close to the freshman I mentored. Get excited about your freshman year and go Illini!

Yari Luna Yari Luna
Hi guys, welcome to the University of Illinois! My name is Yari Luna and I'm a junior majoring in English with a minor in Secondary Education. I hope to become a high school English teacher. I'd love to potentially earn a Master's degree in education, as I greatly enjoy working with other people and getting to meet new faces. I'm very excited to have the opportunity of getting to know all of you in the fall and can't wait to have a great semester! Go Illini!

Brittany Lundberg Brittany Lundberg
Hello new Illini! I'm Brittany, a junior in English. Someday I'm going to be a professor, so you may be seeing me around campus for while -- don't be shy, come and say hello! On campus, I'm involved with Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity. Other than that, I (hopefully) will have a dog by the time we meet in class, so keep an eye out for the new cutest quad dog on campus!

MaryAllison Mahacek MaryAllison Mahacek
Welcome to Illinois, class of 2021! My name is MaryAllison and I am a junior double-majoring in English and Communications. I'm also working towards a minor in Law and Criminology! After I finish my undergraduate work here at U of I, I'm planning to go to law school and will hopefully get a job in media law. When I'm not writing papers, you can find me at Memorial Stadium or the State Farm Center dancing as an Illinette! I'm also involved in my sorority, Alpha Phi, as the Director of Marketing, and in various clubs like Communication Association and PRSSA. In my free time, I like to watch Netflix, sing, hang out with friends, and read a good book. I can't wait to help you guys be successful students here at Illinois! I-L-L!

Irfan Malani Irfan Malani
Hello! I'm Irfan Malani and I am currently in my senior year at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. I'm majoring in economics and chemistry and hope to continue my professional education at law school. My overall goal is to become a patent pharmaceutical lawyer. I wish you all the best of luck in making the university your new home and I encourage you to ask any questions to ensure success in your college career!

Kristina Miller Kristina Miller
Hello new Illini! My name is Kristina and I am a junior majoring in Psychology. I am from Metropolis, IL which is almost 4 hours south of Champaign and the home of Superman. I plan to graduate with a Clinical Psychology degree and become a counselor for teenagers and young adults. I am an active member in Illini for Christ, Psi Chi, and have a job on campus working with the Housing Office. In my free time, you can catch me watching Netflix or grabbing a latte at a local coffee shop. I am looking forward to meeting you all and helping you make U of I your new home!

Samantha Mitchell Samantha Mitchell
Hello everyone! My name is Samantha and I'm currently a senior majoring in sociology with a minor in English. In my free time, I serve as editing director for an online magazine called The Academic, and I also co-run a college advice blog for current and prospective students. On campus, I'm involved in the Undergraduate Sociology Association and I also work at Ikenberry dining hall as a student supervisor. I'm very excited to meet you all and I hope that your first semester at UIUC is everything you hoped it would be! I-L-L!

Lauren Mueller Lauren Mueller
Hi everyone! Welcome to the University of Illinois! My name is Lauren Mueller and I'm a Junior in Molecular and Cellular Biology. To keep myself busy during the school year, I work as a Personal Assistant at Beckwith Support Services in Nugent and I'm actively involved in my sorority, Chi Omega. This summer, I researched the fields of reproductive biology and toxicology while also studying for the National Registry Exam to become a certified EMT! My professional goals include going to medical school. For fun, I love to travel and go skiing every winter break through our University's ski club!

Brittany Nyberg Brittany Nyberg
Hello! My name is Brittany Nyberg and I'm a senior studying Communications and Public Relations. I am thrilled to start my journey as an LAS 101 intern and looking forward to this awesome leadership opportunity. Upon graduation, I am hoping to work for a PR firm or possibly the company I am currently interning for: Premier Travel Media.

Hannah Overbye Hannah Overbye
Hey, Illini! My name is Hannah Overbye, I am a junior with a double major in Psychology and Communications and a minor in Art & Design. This summer, I am assisting with research at the Psychophysiology Laboratory at Stanford University in Stanford CA. After college, I am planning on pursuing either a master's or a Ph.D. although I am not entirely sure what I want to study yet. In my free time, I love to workout at the ARC, volunteer with LAS Leaders, read, train dogs, go ice-skating and watch football (Go Pack Go!). I cannot wait to meet you all and welcome you to this amazing university. I-L-L!

Ayesha Patel Ayesha Patel
Welcome to UIUC! My name is Ayesha Patel and I am currently a senior studying history and secondary education. After graduation, I hope to move back to Chicago and teach for Chicago Public Schools. I've had plenty of amazing teaching moments and opportunities on campus that validated my goal of becoming a teacher. This is my second year as an LAS 101 intern and I look forward to meeting you all!

Ciera Phillips Ciera Phillips
My name Ciera Phillips. I am a junior, and I was born and raised in the city of Chicago. I'm majoring in History with a concentration in secondary education. In my three years at the University, I have been granted an abundance of leadership opportunities that have influenced my future aspirations. I want to be a high school history teacher and mentor young men and women. I have studied abroad in countries like Hong Kong and Australia to observe their school systems. I have also served as the Vice President of the Minority Association of Future Educators and the Educational Development Chair of my sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. I love education and young people, and I am dedicated to both.

Alex Plezia Alex Plezia
Welcome to the Illini family, everyone! My name is Alex Plezia and I am a senior majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Chemistry. I plan to pursue medical school after undergrad and would love to end up as an ER physician. When I'm not studying, you can usually find me volunteering with the campus service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, running calls as an EMT with Illini Emergency Medical Services, or raising money for Children's Miracle Network (probably wearing a pizza costume) through Phi Delta Epsilon premedical fraternity. I also like baking, hanging out with friends, and running marathons for fun. I'm honored to be a part of your freshman experience - can't wait to meet you!

Miguel Quiñones Miguel Quiñones
My name is Miguel, a junior majoring in Earth, Society & Environmental Sustainability. I live in a town just southwest of Chicago, but I was born in California and grew up in Nevada. I spent a lot of time in the mountains of the southwest and I'm a huge outdoors person. Music is a huge part of my life as well! I still buy physical copies of CD's and I spend a little too much money on concerts (oops). My parents are from Mexico and we visit every summer, usually overlapping Lollapaloza so I've never had the chance to go. Fun fact, I'm naturally a righty but I broke my right arm when I was learning how to write so I had to learn to use my left. Over time, I've learned how to use both, making me ambidextrous.

Malani Rosa Malani Rosa
Hello, my name is Malani Rosa and I'm a junior majoring in Actuarial Science. I am Hispanic, and my professional life goal is to own my own company or be a CEO of a big company. I look forward to meeting you!

Katie Ross Katie Ross
Welcome to U of I! My name is Katie and I am a senior from Wheaton, IL. I am majoring in molecular and cellular biology and am planning on attending medical school. I conduct research through the plant biology department, volunteer on campus, and am a member of Greek Life. I can't wait to meet you all and I am so excited to help introduce you to all University of Illinois has to offer!

Arnab Roy Arnab Roy
Hey guys! My name is Arnab Roy. I'm currently a senior from Naperville, IL. I'm majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Chemistry. I'm currently on a pre-med track, but I'm open to any and all health-related fields! On top of being an intern for LAS 101, I volunteer at Carle Hospital, serve on the prep staff for MCB 151, and work as an undergraduate researcher for a Body Composition and Nutritional Neuroscience lab here at UIUC! I'm very much looking forward to being an LAS 101 intern and cannot wait to meet you all!

Dulce Ruiz Dulce Ruiz
Hello future students of this amazing institution that is the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign! I'm Dulce ("Candy" in English), a current junior majoring in Integrative Biology and plan on continuing my education as I aspire to become a biology teacher. If that doesn't give it away, I'm really passionate about working with students and I'm definitely excited for the fall semester with all of you! Some fun facts about me are that I've been to 5 different countries and I've owned every kind of pet minus an amphibian or reptile!

Mallory Stevenson Mallory Stevenson
Hi guys, I am Mallory and I am a senior from northwest Indiana, studying industrial/organizational psychology with minors in communication and leadership. I am tour guide on campus, a member of Orange Krush, and a waitress off campus. On top of all that, I am also a mom... of a cat! I love traveling, reading, and hanging out with my cat child. I look forward to meeting you all and to a great semester with you guys!

Wayne Tao Wayne Tao
Hi, Class of 2021! My name is Wayne. I am a senior studying Actuarial Science. I was born in China and moved to California when I was 16. I serve as a consultant for Illinois Business Consulting and as an actuarial advisory intern for KPMG. Also, I will be a part-time catastrophe modeling intern for Axis Re. at Research Park. I hope my diverse background and experience will help you as first-year students. I look forward to a great semester with my class!

Katie Watson Katie Watson
Welcome to Illinois! My name is Katie Watson and I'm a senior majoring in English and Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability. Outside of class, I work as a communications intern for the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and the Environment (iSEE) and as a digital marketing intern for the College of LAS. In addition, I serve as the marketing and publicity chair for 3Spot Dance Troupe. When I'm not running around campus, you can find me dancing in Zumba class, exploring the Arboretum, or watching too much HGTV. I'm looking forward to a great semester with you all!

Jennie Weng Jennie Weng
Hey everyone! I hope all of you are having an amazing start at the University of Illinois! I'm Jen, a junior majoring in English and minoring in Secondary Education. I hope to become a high school English teacher. To prepare for my goal, I currently tutor at Urbana Middle School through the America Reads America Counts program. Beyond that, I also work at the non-profit organization, University of Illinois Foundation, as a student representative. Now that you know a little more about me, I can't wait to learn more about you all as we work through the LAS 101 course together!

Brian Williams Brian Williams
Welcome to the University of Illinois! My name is Brian, and I am a senior majoring in molecular and cellular biology with a minor in chemistry! Along with serving as a LAS 101 intern, I am a member of The Other Guys a cappella group and an executive board member of the Varsity Men's Glee Club. In addition, I help run Gaming Gives, an organization that hosts gaming tournaments for charity! Outside of classes and these extracurricular activities, I spend my free time binge watching various shows (GoT, Rick and Morty, etc.), hanging out with my buddies, and generally adventuring/hiking/travelling whenever I get the chance! I look forward to getting to know all of you and hope you gain something worthwhile out of this class!

Samantha Witkowski Samantha Witkowski
Hey, class of 2021! My name is Samantha Witkowski and I'm a senior majoring in psychology with a concentration in behavioral neuroscience with minors in Italian and Integrative Biology. Next year, I hope to pursue my Masters in business and then find a career in consulting. On campus, I am the Vice President of LAS Leaders, a social media and PR intern for Her Campus, and am actively involved in my sorority, Alpha Xi Delta. Last fall I had the incredible opportunity of studying abroad in Florence, Italy and traveled to ten different countries. I can't wait to be an LAS 101 intern and I look forward to working with all of you!

Michelle Wojcik Michelle Wojcik
Hi guys! My name is Michelle Wojcik and I am a junior studying communication with a minor in business. I am planning on going to law school after undergrad. I am very excited to be one of your LAS 101 interns this fall! On campus, I am the social chair for Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, an executive member for Illinithon, and a sales associate at Teshurt. Over the summer, I interned at Merill Lynch working as a wealth management intern. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, shopping, and traveling. I can’t wait to meet everyone this semester!

Rachel Worthington Rachel Worthington
Hi everyone! Welcome to The University of Illinois! My name is Rachel Worthington and I am so excited to be your LAS 101 intern! I am a senior majoring in Economics and minoring in Business and Communications. I really love being involved on campus -- I am a FYCARE and ACE-IT facilitator and I'm also on the executive board of the economics club! After I finish my undergrad at U of I, I am going to go on to graduate school to study more in the field of economics! I can't wait to get to know you all and get you excited about U of I and getting involved on campus!

Deiarah Wright Deiarah Wright
Hi! My name is Deiarah and I am junior studying communications and African-American Studies. I love acting, writing, and filmmaking. I just hope to make a small difference in the world that can impact many!