NRES Student Ambassador Caeley Bryan
Hometown: Geneva, 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?
Why Illinois?: I chose the University of Illinois because it had the most avenues for gaining experience in undergrad. There are a ton of study abroad programs, lab positions and field research that are easy to access and extremely helpful to do. I wanted to go to a college that allowed me to do more than just be in a classroom, and Illinois definitely made sure that those opportunities were there.
Why NRES? – Specifically, why did you choose to study Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences?
Why NRES? I transferred into NRES after one semester at UIUC because I wanted more hands on lab and field experience with wildlife, and immediately decided I was exactly where I was supposed to be. I really wanted to be in NRES after I heard about the field experience classes, and I took one right away that had to do with working with wetland bird conservation under a professor that I ended up working for in the summer. It is easy to find things I am passionate about and run with them, as the professors are all extremely helpful and want to get you out and working. NRES gave me the class experience to help me further explore conservation in every way.