Voices of ACES

October 8, 2019
By Gretchen Macklin
As a kid growing up in Illinois, I was heavily involved in 4-H for 11 years, taking projects like swine, horticulture, photography, and cooking. I think my favorite part of 4-H was not showing projects at the fair, or monthly club meetings, or the skills it taught me, or even working with livestock, although I really enjoyed all those things. My favorite part of 4-H was the community.

October 3, 2019
By Steven Buchholz
I remembered touring the FSHN pilot plant my freshman year during a class and thought it was the coolest place ever. I applied for an internship during my freshman year and soon became employed.

October 1, 2019
By Ashley Isaacson
My time as an undergraduate student in the Crop Sciences has helped guide me to seek opportunities in which I never considered before. I come from a suburban background with absolutely zero knowledge about agriculture and now I am about to pursue a Master’s degree in Agronomy and study weed science.

September 29, 2019
By Ryan Walton
I transferred into the University of Illinois from community college and I’m a proud first-generation graduate. My HDFS degree has greatly prepared me for a career in Pediatric related medicine and research.

September 27, 2019
By Jarai Carter
The knowledge I gained during my undergraduate time in Crop Sciences allowed me to pursue a career in data science. As a data scientist at the John Deere Technology Innovation Center at the University of Illinois Research Park, my team encounters a variety of data in the company.

September 26, 2019
By Ying Yang
During the fall 2019 semester, I joined the CCI program, which is a special program created by faculty at the career center and designed specifically for international students.

September 20, 2019
By Jamie Fisher
My name is Jamie Fisher and I am a transfer student in the Food Science and Human Nutrition program. I first got interested in the food science world when I joined an internship class in high school. I did not know what kind of career I wanted to go into until the day I got the opportunity to shadow a scientist at a flavor company called FONA International.

August 30, 2019
By Marshal White
When I started graduate school, I knew I wanted to do research internationally. I’m particularly drawn to agriculture, because the intersection of food and culture is consequential to our human experience. Throughout history, agriculture has defined societies and it is immensely gratifying for me to witness the cultural traces of its impact in communities across the world. My story is a tribute to the challenging realities of cross-cultural research, but also to how international exposure is a place for growth and richness.

August 20, 2019
By Christina Fernandez
Our last days in Malawi were spent at a safari camp inside of Liwonde National Park. I think it’s safe to say that none of us have ever experienced a camping trip like this before.

August 20, 2019
By Ben Reynoso
Obtaining my B.S. in NRES/resource ecology from the University of Illinois has helped me tremendously in every professional position I have held. NRES taught me many skills that I use daily, including dendrology, soil science, chemistry, GIS, and plant biology.