NRES Student Ambassador Krti Tallam
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.