In the summer of 2023, a handful of LAS students participated in the IHSI's Community-Academic Scholars Initiative, which matches undergraduates with academic mentors and community partners to address issues affecting our community. We caught up with two of them to discuss their experience.
- Abbey Knize, a senior majoring in intradisciplinary psychology, shares tips and tricks for keeping focus while working on coursework.
- To celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month, we asked a few what they have gained as humanities students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Read what they had to say.
- Riley Brandhorst, a junior studying communication, studied abroad in Rome. She reflects on her experience.
- The LAS Honors program has supplemented my academics, but I have been even more fulfilled outside of the academic realm of the program. The James Scholar Student Advisory Board (JSSAB) has been a big part of my involvement in LAS Honors. The group of students in JSSAB work together to build community among James Scholars and encourage connections among students while exposing them to organizations, events, and opportunities available on campus.
- The LAS Honors Program has many advantages at the U of I. Josie Thannert, a sophomore studying global studies and gender & women’s studies, shares a few.
- LAS 102 is a course that I would highly recommend to any transfer student joining the College of LAS. The class is a one-credit hour course tailored to provide resources and mentorship for transfer students. It meets once a week with a peer mentor who will act as the first point of contact, teach valuable campus resources, and help kickstart your career as an Illini.
- In the James Scholar Program, enrichment points have rewarded me with some of my favorite memories during my undergraduate career.
- Connecting with people on a campus of 30,000 students can be hard. Connecting with yourself and the person you’re becoming is even harder. The LAS Honors program helped me with both over my past two years on campus.
- As an incoming College of LAS student, you are required to take an 8-week, 1-credit hour, course during your first semester on campus. For most students, this class will be LAS 101: Design Your First Year Experience. This class is organized to aid newly-minted LAS freshmen in feeling more comfortable while kicking off their time at UIUC.