NRES Student Ambassador Anna Vrioni
Hometown: Libertyville, IL
Year/Graduation: Junior, May 2020
Concentration: Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Why Illinois? – What factors helped contribute to your decision to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign?
After visiting the University of Illinois for the first time, I knew it was the place for me. I really appreciate the size of the school, which means that there is an abundance of people to meet and opportunities to take advantage of. I knew that no matter what I wanted to study, there would most likely be a well-established program for it here. Also, beyond classes, I knew it would be easy to gain research, internship, and extracurricular experience at a university like this.
Why NRES? – Specifically, why did you choose to study Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences?
I have always been interested in learning about plants, animals, and the environment as a whole. In high school I began learning about climate change and all the work that needs to be done to protect the environment. It was when I discovered NRES that realized that I could turn these passions into my field of study and future career. I liked that NRES was a smaller, more personal department but still offered unique opportunities built into the curriculum, like field courses. I knew that with the different concentrations offered I would find something that would be meaningful and satisfy my interests.