NRES Student Ambassador Krti Tallam

NRES Student Ambassador Krti Tallam

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Hometown: Bay Area, CA
Year in School/Expected Graduation: Sophomore, May 2019
Concentration: Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Why Illinois? – What factors helped contribute to your decision to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign?

My high school graduating class was a total of six students – including me.  Having grown up in an extremely challenging academic environment with a small social life, I wanted to challenge myself by studying far from home and experiencing independence, while also interacting with a large number of students and faculty.  The U of I is one of the largest campuses, has one of the largest student populations, and is academically challenging - a few factors that contributed to my decision.  Beyond that, I love the myriad student opportunities this campus has to offer, as well as the incredible faculty.  This university has allowed me to understand that it is not about which school I attend; rather, it is about the opportunities I create and take advantage of wherever I am.

Why NRES? Specifically, why did you choose to study Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences?

I entered the University of Illinois as an Animal Sciences major, interested in pursuing veterinary studies.  However, as I explored my interests deeper, I began to learn that everything that makes my heart beat has to do with my love for protecting animals and wilderness. NRES, I realized, was much more suited for those goals. I switched over to NRES very soon, as this department lines up with many of my values as an individual, as well as my career goals of becoming a wildlife scientist and preservationist.