Why I chose ACES

Why I chose ACES

Apr 17
Nicholas Close, Incoming Freshman

As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the University of Illinois, we remember and reflect on the generations that have shaped our campus, but we also welcome and celebrate the future generations that will continue to drive our University’s legacy. Nicholas Close, a member of the next generation of ACES students, reflects on his decision to join the University of Illinois family. Nicholas was recently awarded the Illinois FFA State Proficiency Award in the area of Diversified Crop Production!

The reason I wanted to get a degree in the College of ACES at the University of Illinois is because I would like to get the best education I can in order to manage a viable farming operation. Since the University of Illinois is a land-grant school and renowned for its ACES program, I believe this university’s academic program will be an essential step towards achieving my life goals. 

I also favor the University of Illinois over other universities, since my father and grandfather are both graduates of this college. Throughout my childhood, I have heard them reminisce on how their education has been very valuable in their careers as farmers and business managers. I am excited now that I have been accepted to be the third generation of my family to attend this college.

As a 4-H member, I am partial to the University of Illinois Extension Program for all it does to coordinate 4-H events. I also have been an active FFA member in high school and noticed that the U of I attracts many outstanding FFA members. I will enjoy being on a campus with people who share the same interests. Overall, I have put a lot of thought into what college I want to attend, and the University of Illinois ACES program really stands out above the rest.


Nicholas Close