Success Stories

Newest Stories:

Quintionna Parks, What seeing poetry in the national spotlight means to me. She is a creative writing student (within the English Department) studying poetry. Quintionna describes herself as “twenty-one years old and the last of four daughters. I was raised by my single mom in the south suburbs of Chicago. In no particular order, I am a poet, an entrepreneur, a Black woman, an activist, a creator, and a student.”

Arnoldo Ayala, Helping undocumented students navigate Illinois. He is a senior in political science and Spanish. He currently serves as the vice president of education for the Illinois Coalition Assisting Undocumented Students’ Education (I-CAUSE). He is also the speaker of the senate for Illinois Student Government and former department director for Helping Others Personal Excellence (HOPE).

Raevianna Davis, My ATLAS internship experience taught me valuable skills and knowledge.  She is a senior majoring in EnglishShe currently works as the communications intern at Motorola Solutions in the U of I Research Park, after having a successful experience with the ATLAS internship program.

Matt Fanelli, My undergrad humanities research enabled me to examine environmental consciousness. His story as a current student studying history and media and cinema as a junior at Illinois, preparing for a career that involves writing. He recently conducted research through the Humanities Research Institute (HRI) on campus.

Sophie Luijten,  My undergrad humanities research led me to examine climate change and women’s security.  Her story as a junior majoring in global studies and Spanish, with a concentration in environmental sustainability and social responsibility. Luijten is a Global Studies Leader, a Bailey Scholar, a CFA Social Justice Scholar, a James Scholar, and serves as a mentor for the Campus Honors Program. 


LAS@Work is a series devoted to stories about our College Alums. See the latest information in this series by clicking here.

LAS@Work: The French connections. Corinne Cantwell Heggie’s degree leads to many dimensions of success in law with her first degree in French. Follow her story in this article.

LAS@Work: The history of a sportswriterSome stories just write themselves, so it would seem with Brad Evans.  He explains how he became a famous sports analyst with his degree in English.

LAS@Work: Cyber threats, counterterrorism, and Shakespeare. Starting with her English degree, Erin Joe’s career in national security requires a mindset that began forming in college. 

LAS Insider Blog features current students and their stories and is found at this link. 

LAS Insider: 5 things I love about being an English major at Illinois 

LAS Insider:  How a course on Harry Potter helped me better understand the world

LAS Insider: How I helped design a new history course

LAS Insider: What’s it like to intern at Research Park?

LAS Insider: Humanities and innovation: A Research Park intern’s perspective

LAS Insider Story: Kyndal Gragg is a junior in LAS, where she studies the History of Art. Originally from Springfield, IL, but hailing from Tulsa, OK, she is passionate about space-making and advocating for underrepresented narratives in the arts.

LAS Insider Story: Brendan McGovern is a junior in LAS, where he studies English and political science. He is passionate about politics and writing, and he has found registered student organizations on campus to develop those interests.

LAS Insider Story: LAS student Cherish Recera has found her niche at the Research Park. Cherish Recera is a junior pursuing a dual degree in English and Community Health.

LAS Insider Story: LAS student Shelby Job discovered her skills and interests at Research Park. Shelby Job studied English and Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability with a focus on the eco-humanities, environmental writing, and geospatial technologies.

LAS Insider Story:  Megan Resurreccion is a senior in the College of LAS, where she is majoring in creative writing and minoring in informatics and statistics.

LAS Insider Story: Issy Marquez is a junior pursuing majors in English and political science and minors in Spanish and history.

LAS Insider Story: Tredayne Cabanlit is a recent graduate of LAS, where he majored in linguistics with a focus on phonetics and phonology. The founder of several startups.

LAS Insider Story: Alex Bryk is a senior in LAS studying Spanish Teacher Education.

LAS Insider Story: Three siblings, five LAS majors and one strong family bond.  Gabriela is part of the HPRC team.

LAS Insider Story: Alumnus finds the Sweet Life


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