Now's your chance...

Now's your chance...

Mar 8
Sara Tondini, Animal Sciences graduate student

“Oh, so you want to be a vet?” The most frequently asked question I get when I say I’m an animal sciences major. This is followed shortly by, “Wait, so have you stuck your hand in a cow’s stomach?” Before I attended Explore ACES, the summer before my freshman year at the University of Illinois, my answers to these questions were very different.

Explore ACES is this weekend, March 11-12, and it is an ACES-filled day for prospective and admitted students. This event allows students to check out all the opportunities that are available to them in the College of ACES. There are interactive exhibits and mini-classes put on by each major in the college, and organizations and offices have displays, dispersed throughout the ACES campus, with tons of information.

As an admitted animal sciences student, I explored my major at the Stock Pavilion, where I stuck my hand in a cow and then forced my dad to also stick his hand in a cow (hahaha). This experience along with many others, like speaking with faculty members, learning about the different RSOs, and touring the beef farm, changed my perspective on what my major had to offer. I had always wanted to be a vet, but when I saw all these new possibilities that intrigued and excited me, I knew there was much more to my major than I had originally thought.

Although the main audience of Explore ACES is prospective students, its displays and exhibits are open to the public. So, if you missed out on quad day or you’re hitting the weird quarter-life crisis where you think you’ve chosen the wrong major and have no idea what to do, take a deep breath and keep your eyes open this weekend for the Explore ACES events or check out the website. I’m grateful to be a part of a college that has so many opportunities for its students to explore and grow and learn.

Plus, if you haven’t stuck your hand in a cow, now’s your chance.  

Explore ACES
Students visit an agricultural and biological engineering display during Explore ACES.