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LAS 102: Transfer Advantage

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences wants to ensure all of our students have a successful and productive first semester here at Illinois.

LAS 102: Transfer Advantage is a course designed to assist new transfer students in their transition to our college and campus. Students who enroll in this eight-week, one-credit course will:

  • learn skills for academic success at the college level;
  • use design thinking to make the most of your experience;
  • have immediate access to a peer mentor who can answer your many questions about your new life as a U of I student;
  • learn about all the important and valuable campus resources;
  • enjoy a small classroom environment with your peers;
  • become familiar with the many learning styles and experiences that you will encounter in your U of I career; and
  • meet other people who may very-well become life-long friends.

The format of the Transfer Advantage course will include lessons and workshops designed to meet the specific needs of a diverse transfer student population.

If you would like more information on whether this course would be a good fit for you in your first semester with us in the College of LAS, please consult with the academic adviser for your major and the LAS 102 staff members listed below

Become an LAS 102 Intern

LAS 102 Interns 2016 Applications are now open for LAS Transfer Advantage (LAS 102) internships. Interns are accomplished LAS transfer students willing to share their successful transfer experiences with incoming transfer students.

An LAS 102 internship offers our best students the opportunity to help others while enhancing their own skills and preparing for their chosen professions or advanced scholarship. They also serve an important role in helping first-year transfer students adjust to the University of Illinois.

Interns meet with their LAS 102 classes, which have 20 to 25 students, for 80-minutes once a week for the first 8-weeks of the semester. An LAS 102 internship offers our best students the opportunity to help others while developing leadership skills. Interns will receive 3 credit hours for their work with LAS 102. They will be enrolled in LAS 399: Leadership and Professional Development for the second eight weeks of spring as well as the full fall semester.

Applications will be available in January 2019.

Transfer Advisory Group (TAG)

Looking for more ways to get involved outside of class and get to know some of your Transfer peers? Join TAG!

TAG is an RSO created and run by transfer students for transfer students. TAG has general meetings about once a month and committee meetings on alternating weeks. LAS 102 Transfer Advantage was created with the help and awareness raised by TAG of the unique problems faced by transfer students. If you would like to make a lasting change for current and future transfer students come to a general or commitee meeting to see what TAG is working on next.

LAS 102 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 102: Transfer Advantage. This class has been designed to give you, our transfer students, the best start possible as you make this transition to the U of I. You will learn so much about our campus and how to take advantage of all the resources at your disposal. LAS 102 interns facilitate the class. They are successful transfer students, who will share lessons about their transfer experience in order for you to have a successful transition. 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.

Academic Advisor for Transfer Students

ashley poppy Ashley Poppy
Hi! I’m Ashley Poppy. I am the transfer academic advisor for the College of LAS. My office is located in 2002 Lincoln Hall. I enjoy working with transfer students and I look forward to meeting you! I recently moved from Missouri where I have worked the past 5 years as an academic advisor at Ozarks Technical Community College. I am originally from Illinois and happy to be back. I hope you all have a wonderful semester!

Teaching Assistant

Jason Keist Jason Keist
Welcome! My name is Jason, and I am the teaching assistant for LAS 102 Transfer Advantage. I will be starting PhD studies in EPOL this fall with a focus on Higher Education. Some of my research interests include education equity, access, the social construction of race, and the implications of cultural capital on social mobility. For the past seven years, I have taught courses in sociology, social work, career/college readiness, and G.E.D preparation at Parkland College and will continue to teach online during my PhD studies. Some of my personal interests include spending time with my four little ones, listening to music, woodworking, and graphic design. I wish the best for all of you on your respective journeys.

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!!


Boyoung Choi Boyoung Choi
Hi, my name is Boyoung Choi, and I am a senior majoring in English. I'm an international student from South Korea and transferred from Miami University in Ohio my junior year. It is my fourth semester in this campus. In my free time, I enjoy watching movies and listening to music. I'm a member of KiTE which is for Korean transfer students and GRMD which is playing Korean traditional percussion music. I'm excited to meet you all, and I hope to have a great semester with you all!

Abby Goeckner Abby Goeckner
Hi everyone! My name is Abby Goeckner and I am a junior majoring in Communication with a double minor in Business and Public. After graduation, I plan to pursue a career in investor relations in a corporate based company. Here on campus I am an active member of the Public Relations Student Society of America and the Alpha Xi Delta chapter sorority. I also work at the Spurlock Museum on campus as the Special Events and Information Desk Assistant. In my free time, I love to travel, find delicious new food, and chill with my two pups! I'm so excited to hold the position as an LAS 102 Intern this upcoming fall!

Leah Lines Leah Lines
Welcome Illini! My name is Leah Lines, and I am a junior studying Communication. I transferred from Eastern Illinois University and the University of Southern Indiana where I was a member of their varsity tennis teams. I currently coach tennis and am an Illini Transfer Ambassador. I can't wait to be a friend to transfer students at UIUC and share everything you need to know about transferring. I have gotten pretty good at it during my two years in college! Throughout the semester, you can find me at all the Illini sporting event because I am a sports fanatic. Someday, I hope work for the Chicago Cubs or White Sox or become an event planner for a large corporation. Let me know if you want Javier Baez's autograph. Can't wait to meet you all!

Marie Lukusa Marie Lukusa
Hi, I am a senior, currently studying psychology. I am a part of a couple of different organization on campus, such as research assistant in a personality lab in the psychology department. In addition, I work for campus recreation, and am an ISTAR guide for Admissions and records. I will also be an ACE it facilitator for the upcoming fall semester. I am involved with the Tau Sigma academic honors society. I plan to finish up my degree this upcoming May and graduate with a BS in psychology.

Martez Miller Martez Miller
Greetings and welcome to the University of Illinois! My name is Martez Miller and I am a junior double-majoring in Political Science and Psychology. After college, I will go to law school to pursue a career in law. I am from Champaign and went to Parkland College before attending U of I. I am an participant in the Men of Impact, and I also practice meditation in the International Buddhist Association. In addition, I love to read books and do research. I hope to see you all this year!

Camila Mills Camila Mills
Hi everyone, welcome to the University of Illinois! My name is Camila and I am a senior majoring in communication. I was born in Ecuador and moved to Champaign at a young age. I transferred to the U of I as a junior from Parkland College. Choosing this school has been one of the best decisions I have made. I love exploring the world, meeting new people, and trying new things. I also love spending time with my puppy, Coco. I'm looking forward to sharing my experiences and helping all of you succeed as an Illini!

Sreeradh Sreeradh "Rad" Pothera
Hey and welcome to the U of Illinois everyone! My name is Rad and I'm a junior majoring in History with a minor in Global Studies. I come from Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. (ask me all about it!) but was born in India. I'm a huge fan of Manchester United and am extremely passionate about soccer. I would love to be a coach someday. I'm also big on trivia and quizbowls and would love to make it to Jeopardy someday! But for now, my academic interests primarily lie in international relations and diplomacy and I'm looking forward to making a career out of it in D.C. I'm looking forward to hearing from y'all in the fall and can't wait to have everyone on campus!

Zoë SaphirZoë Saphir
What's up class of 2021! I am a junior in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Illinois. I transferred from University of San Diego and it was one of the best decisions of my life. As a transfer student, I am thrilled to welcome you to U of I and help you learn all of those wacky acronyms! I am a proud Chicago native from the south side of Chicago -- Go Sox! I am majoring in Political Science and Communications with a minor in business. In the future, I hope to work for a non-profit or within a company's communications/community outreach department. I have had a remarkable year here at the U of I, and can't wait to see what U of I holds for you. I can't wait to meet you all!

Kotryna Staputyte Kotryna Staputyte
Welcome to UIUC! My name is Kotryna, which is the Lithuanian version of Katrina. I am from Naperville, Illinois and I transferred from the College of DuPage as a Junior after completing my Associate in Science Degree. I am studying Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Nutrition. My goal is to become a Doctor of Osteopathic medicine in the future. You can usually find me studying, interning for the Community Health department, making vegan food, running half marathons, doing yoga or exploring Urbana-Champaign.

Kelli Utz Kelli Utz
Hi, my name is Kelli Utz and I am a senior majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology and plan to continue on to medical school within the next couple of years. I am a returning LAS 102 intern and look forward to the upcoming school year.

Autumn Welch Autumn Welch
Hi, fellow transfer students! My name is Autumn and I transferred from New Jersey. I am a senior majoring in Communications. However, while searching for my current major, I have taken courses in almost every subject from Art History to Calculus III to Computer Science while also working in the Biology and Chemistry Prep Lab at my old school. Needless to say, I have a lot of interests and have explored a lot of different subjects and majors. I am still exploring my career options and will be interning with the Philanthropy Division at a nearby hospital. I love meeting new people, being outdoors, and reading. I cannot wait to hear about your unique experiences and to help you have a smooth transition into Illini culture!