LAS 101: Freshman Seminar

An LAS 101 intern points at her presentation for the classLAS 101 Freshman Seminar is a one-credit, graded course designed to assist you in succeeding at U of I. 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 at U of I.

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 the LAS 101 Freshman Seminar. 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 Teaching Assistants

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.

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
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

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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Michelle Wojcik
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Adya Dave
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Jaida McDowell
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Angela Zheng
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Dulce Ruiz
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Elani Kaufman
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Lindsay Hill
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Giovanni Guzman
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Brenna Molinare
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Ashritha Nukala
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Ivan Murillo-Quiroz
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Rose Yamin
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David Salami
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Emma Frank
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Elaine Gralak
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Amanda Abrams
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Savannah Carter
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Jacob Kumorowicz
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Olivia Fingold
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Madison Kuehn 
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Anuj Shah
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Ashley Tomillo
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Cinny Chui
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Sabrina Yan
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Kristina Miller
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Brinda Nagaraj
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Supriya Bhuvanagiri
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Heather Young
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Bridget Burnetti
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Olayemi Adebayo
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Amanda Hunt
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Celia Dewyer
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Abby Ludwig
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Ty'Kira Dubose
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Shannon Jameson
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Rebecca Krakman
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Chris Corcoran
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Tim Manning
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Breanna Keenley
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Alexis Burgin
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Claire Kelly
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Nikola Todorov
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Swanese Houston
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Michael Dixon
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Savannah Carter
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Mariah Mack
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Joseph Brouilette
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Marc Trujillo
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Marisa Pierre
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Hannah Overbye
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Gianna Bendinelli
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Fjorda Jusufi
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Annie Czerwinski
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Dhairya Shah
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Jenna Kurtzweil
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Gabriela Murillo
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Alyssa Korenchan
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Stefan King
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Jill Barrere
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Mason Plotner
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Sarah Azmoodeh
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Megan Furukawa
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Macy Bauer
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Daniel Kim
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Maanav Ahluwalia
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Iris Tong
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Molly Hughes
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Hannah Preston
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Kaichao Pan
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Lauren Harney
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Jakob Domagalo
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Sofia Carter
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Chloe Velazquez
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Shiv Bajaj
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Naomi Brehm
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Konrad Wilk
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Rook Paul
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Eleanor Marcet
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Grace Hart
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Shaan Keswani
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