Voices of ACES

September 17, 2018
By My ultimate fangirl moment
I listen to podcasts all the time – while I’m cooking dinner, cleaning up around the house, or walking around the neighborhood. I tend to favor the NPR podcasts, including This American Life, Embedded, and Up First. But one of my all-time favorites is NPR’s Hidden Brain. The show focuses on social sciences research and reveals, in an engaging and relatable style, the “whys” behind common human behaviors. I’ve found nearly every episode to be simply fascinating. And I’ve heard them all.

September 13, 2018
By The hard hats are off!
Over the past few years, several ACES facilities have been active construction zones, but the wait is over.

September 12, 2018
By The favorite teacher question
There are few other questions I dreaded more as a senior in high school than, “Where do you plan to be in five years?”

September 11, 2018
By Eat like a college student
August was a big month for our family. Just a few weeks ago, we packed up crates of dorm supplies, guitars and video games, and clothes. And just like that, my oldest son left home for his first year of college.

September 7, 2018
By Oh, the places you’ll go with ACES
Over the winter break of my freshman year, I went on a study abroad trip to the Dominican Republic with my ACES 298 class. Something that was never on my radar when the semester began ended up becoming hands down the most memorable experience of that year.

August 31, 2018
By Something bigger than yourself
When I think back to my undergrad days, some of my best memories are related to the teams and clubs I was a part of during my four years in college. There's just something about being a part of something bigger than yourself. I am so impressed by the variety of RSOs and clubs offered to students in the College of ACES. Regina Cortez, a graduate student in Food Science and Human Nutrition, is the president/founder of a new RSO in ACES - ACES IliniTech. I asked her to share a little more about this new opportunity for ACES students.

August 30, 2018
By How will you spend a month of doing?
There is a difference. On Purpose. With Purpose.

August 29, 2018
By Students: Be flexible and willing to learn
Although I never changed my selected degree in crop sciences as an undergrad, my interests and career plans were influenced as I learned more through classes, internship experiences, and staff and faculty mentors. As a student in ACES, I had many great opportunities to evolve, grow, and seek direction on how I could combine my strengths and interests.

August 28, 2018
By There’s a first time for everything
Three years ago this month, a close mentor of mine (and now predecessor) invited me to consider leading a section of the ACES freshmen discovery courses which included a study abroad program over winter break.  Thinking about how I’d never been to that country and certainly wasn’t a subject matter expert in the field of study, I felt severely inadequate and underqualified to venture into this unknown territory.  Well, you know how this ends. I decided to take the challenge, hoping the reward would be similar to what I had witnessed in previous programs I had co-led through my role as experiential learning coordinator in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics. 

August 27, 2018
By The power of a t-shirt
It never fails – if I wear Illini apparel in public, someone is going to strike up a conversation.