LAS 101: Design Your First Year Experience

An LAS 101 intern points at her presentation for the classLAS 101: Design Your First Year Experience is a one-credit, graded course designed to assist you in succeeding at Illinois. These small-group classes meet weekly and are led by an LAS 101 intern—a successful junior or senior student mentor whose goal is to help you get off to a strong start.

In LAS 101, you will:

  • learn skills to successfully transition to college
  • have immediate access to a peer mentor who can answer your many questions about your new life as an Illinois student
  • learn about important and valuable campus resources
  • enjoy a small classroom environment and meet other people who may become life-long friends
  • learn about the values of the College of LAS
  • use design thinking methods to design your first year at Illinois

All first-year students are required to enroll in and complete LAS 101. Exceptions include students admitted to chemical engineering, who will enroll in ENG 100, and students admitted as James Scholars, who will enroll in LAS 122.

LAS 101 & 102 Teaching Assistants

Viktoria Loidl
Viktoria Loidl Hello everyone and welcome to the University of Illinois! My name is Viktoria Loidl and I’m a second-year master’s student in the European Union Studies program. My research interests are transatlantic relations, business and economics. Originally, I’m from Graz, Austria, where I also got my bachelor’s degree in economics. I believe that college can be the most challenging but personally rewarding years for young adults and I’m excited to work with all of you!

Chequita S. Brown
Chequita S. Brown Chequita S. Brown is a doctoral student in education policy, organization, and leadership with a higher education concentration. Her research interests center on the lived experiences of minoritized populations in higher education, specifically college access and retention, student engagement and development, and educational equity and diversity. Her professional experience includes post-secondary administration, instruction, and course and program development. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in English studies, both from Illinois State University.

Ade Akinrinola
Ade Akinrinold Congratulations and welcome to Illinois! My name is Ade, and I am a doctoral student in the education policy, organization, and leadership program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with dual specializations in global studies in education and higher education. I have been with LAS first year experience for over two years. You made it to Illinois because you have what it takes to succeed here, and I feel honored to be a part of the team that will support you in the adventure of designing your first year at Illinois! Enjoy the process—you’ve got this!

Mary Jo Licht
Mary Jo Licht Hi, I'm MJ, and I work as an Instructional Technology Specialist for the LAS First Year Experience (FYE) program. I maintain the Moodle website and work with ePortfolios, Digication, and eText, but I also help out with program development and events. I have been with the program for over 6 years, and it has been fun watching incoming freshmen advance through the College of LAS, sometimes becoming LAS 101 interns themselves! Work hard and enjoy your college years — they are over before you know it!

Amanda Smith
Amanda Smith Amanda Smith is an LAS first year experience teaching assistant and doctoral student in the Department of French and Italian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her bachelor's in French and her master's in French literature and pedagogy at the University of Cincinnati. After spending several years in the finance industry as a banker and then as a mortgage officer following her matriculation from the graduate program, she decided to pursue a Ph.D. in French literature with a minor in African-American studies at Illinois. Her research interests include comparative literature, post-colonial studies, and black France.

Nolan Vallier
Nolan Vallier Nolan Vallier is a PhD candidate in musicology. Nolan’s research interests include: 20th century concert festivals, minimalist and postminimalist music, sound studies, urban studies, and the intersections between music, soundscapes, and landscape architecture. His interdisciplinary and historiographic dissertation, “Of Sacred Grounds and Natural Sounds: Constructing, Sacralizing, and Listening to Midwestern Architecture,” examines several Chicago area summer concert festivals and musical organizations that have fostered symbiotic relationships between local music and Prairie Style architecture since the 1960s. Nolan has previously taught as an instructor of music history at Roosevelt University and Ball State University.

 

LAS 101 interns

Using the class section listed, find your intern's email address and view his or her LAS e-portfolio.

Learn more about becoming an LAS 101 intern.

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Giana Poerio

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Yiming Huang
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Leslie Acevedo
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Hannah Preston
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Yoga Sundar
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Emily Garcia
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Natalia Zychowska
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John Hierl
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Diana Oleksyn
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Hannah Preston
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Justin Hobson
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Paris Pinkney
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Jakob Domagala
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Amanda Tannehill
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Annie Czerwinski
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Amanda Hunt
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Skyla Billen

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Citlalli Ruiz
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Abby Mitchell
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Adya Dave
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Madison Kuehn
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Emily Ciaccio
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Giovanni Guzman

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Shopé Jimoh
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Renee Pabalate
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Nidhi Singh
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Leslie Bueno

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Ari Theodoropoulos
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Claudia Nadler
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Jazmine Saavedra

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Megan Korst
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Affan Khalid
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Grace Ikenberry
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Ashley Tomillo
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Emina Sipic
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Caroline Kim
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Vidhi Gabani
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Samantha Shirley
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Katharine Suffern

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Mariah Mack

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Shaan Keswani

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Iris Tong
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Lauren Harney
 
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Adya Dave
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Makayla Dorsey
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Natalie Palmer
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Benjamin Trouvais
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Saif Onbargi
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Karen (Stephany) Pena
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Erica Hamlink
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Megan Choi
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Wiktoria Kowalczyk

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Dominic Rose
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Mikayla Murphy
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Samantha Schodde
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Madilyn Keller
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Lynese McIntosh
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Olivia Gulley
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Will Webb
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Rachel Troeger
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Philip Song
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Daniel Kang
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Alyssa Korenchan
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Sofia Anderson
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Lindsey Klepper
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Anisha Reddy

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Saakshi Pothina
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Jong Bum (Eric) Kim
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Sofia Carter
 
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Ahlam Khatib
 
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Alex Taylor
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Haley Penkala
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Divya Avula
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Amy Hong
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Gianna Cairo
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Paris Pinkney
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Claire Cunningham
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Giana Poerio
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Dominic Narcissi
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