NRES Student Ambassador Aaron Gatdula
Hometown: Naperville, IL
Year/Graduation: Junior, May 2018
Concentration: Global Change and Landscape Dynamics
Why Illinois? – What factors helped contribute to your decision to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign?
I chose to go to Illinois because it was close enough to home without being too far. U of I has great programs across all colleges, so I knew I would receive a well-structured education regardless of my major. The large campus has also allowed me to branch out of my comfort zone into different departments apart from NRES.
Why NRES? – Specifically, why did you choose to study Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences?
I chose to study NRES because knowledge of the environment can be applied to any field even outside scientific academia. NRES majors often have a universal goal of helping people, wildlife, and the rest of the planet!