LAS Insider blog for prospective students

Students and alumni in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences write about their personal experiences and insights throughout the academic year at the University of Illinois. They offer an inside look at the College of LAS and University of Illinois.

A junior majoring in political science and minoring in Spanish, Alexis the student body president for Illinois Student Government (ISG). She discussed her election experience, what makes ISG so important, and her journey through college as a first-generation student.
Nick Hafner recounts his experience as a psychology major and student manager on the Illini football team.
Sophie Luijten is a junior majoring in global studies and Spanish. She recently conducted research through the Humanities Research Institute (HRI). We caught up with her to learn more about her experience as an undergraduate researcher in the humanities.
Matt Fanelli is a junior in history and media and cinema. He recently conducted research through the Humanities Research Institute (HRI). We caught up with him to learn more about his experience as an undergraduate researcher in the humanities.
Evan Neilson is a junior studying history. As a campus COVID Wellness Ambassador, he believes in the importance of students coming together to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
LAS student Thomas Ballard gained valuable experience and insight via a summer internship at the White House.
This summer, Rishi Chandra conducted research for the NASA Flight Center, where he analyzed photography from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
This summer, Miranda Johnson worked as an intern for Seaside Sustainability, Inc., where she learned valuable skills she hopes to bring into a career to combat the global climate crisis.
Krista Roth worked as an innovation engineering intern at Water Mission this summer, where she was able to use her gifts, passion, and education to bring clean water to people who need it.
Thanks to a Life + Career Design scholarship, Brendan McGovern has spent the summer working as an elections research intern for BallotReady, a nonpartisan political start-up in Chicago.