The best fit for me

The best fit for me

Dec 2
Nicole Chance, Sophomore in Agricultural Communications

Oftentimes, when people introduce themselves to me, they will ask where I am from. I always respond with Lebanon, Indiana, and they are usually a little surprised by that. Normally the responses I get back are, “Where the heck is that?” or “Why not Purdue?” I respond with…well it is actually a funny story.

Growing up on a 2000-acre grain farm and farrow-to-finish hog operation, agriculture has always been a key fiber of who I am. Although, pursuing a degree within the agriculture industry was never my first decision. I originally wanted to major in broadcast journalism and be a television anchor. But, like any high school senior, I began to question that decision.

I started to think about my roots and where I grew up. The fondest memories I have were helping my dad with harvest and riding along in the combine on a crisp fall night, or working in the hog barn for hours on end processing baby pigs. Those are memories that you cherish and don’t forget. They define who I am and what I am most passionate about.

Choosing to come to the University of Illinois and be a part of the College of ACES in the Agricultural Communications Program has allowed me to combine both my talents in agriculture and media to inform others of one of the largest industries in the United States and the world. ACES has provided me with the opportunities and skills necessary to be a thriving advocate for the agriculture industry.

I have been surrounded by a multitude of friends and faculty on campus that are just as passionate as I am about the agriculture industry, and encourage me every day to learn more and get involved. The skills that I have gained from the College of ACES are skills that I know will last a lifetime, and always another form of reassurance that the University of Illinois and the College of ACES was the perfect fit for me.

Nicole Chance and friends in ACES