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NRES Student Ambassador Valarie Repp

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Year/Graduation: Senior, May 2017
Concentration: Resource Conservation and Restoration Ecology

Why Illinois? – What factors helped contribute to your decision to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign?

The University of Illinois is known as one of the best institutes for research, both graduate and undergraduate, in the whole nation. I wanted to be involved in research, so UIUC seemed like the best fit. Plus, it has a great community environment. There is always something going on around campus.

Why NRES? – Specifically, why did you choose to study Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences?

My whole life I have lived out in the country and I have always enjoyed being outdoors. I always knew I wanted to do something involving the environment, but until I found NRES I wasn't sure what it would be. NRES incorporates so many different aspects of environmental science. I also loved the fact that NRES has field courses that all undergraduates take, so you can get hands-on experience.