NRES Student Ambassador Klairyn Karmazinas
Hometown: Arcola, IL
Year/Graduation: Senior, May 2018
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 opportunities at UIUC are absolutely endless. At first, Illinois wasn't even near my radar for college, but I quickly came around after taking an unconventional path here and giving it some time to experience all it has to offer. The facilities, research, faculty, and greenspaces are truly the best of the best. I wouldn't feel more at home anywhere else.
Why NRES? – Specifically, why did you choose to study Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences?
I chose the Department of NRES after battling through my first few semesters with a very challenging schedule and not really enjoying what I was studying. I wanted to follow my passion and be around plants, study what I love, and obtain the best education I could from some of the most prestigious faculty in the field of environmental science.