NRES Student Ambassador Haley Capone
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Year/Graduation: Senior, Dec. 2021
Concentration: Fish Conservation & Wildlife Ecology
Why Illinois? – What factors helped contribute to your decision to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign?
I chose to attend the University of Illinois because of the central research focus, and the many opportunities one can get involved with as an undergraduate. It’s funny, I want to pursue marine ecology, but feel like even going to this school, with the ocean thousands of miles away, has undeniably helped prepare me to take on such a field, with past research experiences serving as a guide through the world of graduate research.
Why NRES? – Specifically, why did you choose to study Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences?
I chose NRES specifically because growing up, I was very involved with the outdoors, going on class field trips to places like Nature's Classroom in Wisconsin and the Dunes Learning Center in Indiana. In high school, I worked at the Shedd Aquarium and participated in a few conservation clubs. I felt NRES was the perfect fit and next step to engage my curiosity, allowing me to continue exploring the outdoors, through hands-on field courses and wildlife RSOs, while also learning how to conduct my very own research.