NRES Student Ambassador Krti Tallam
Hometown: Fremont, CA
Year in School/Expected Graduation: Junior, 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?
A question of this nature is much simpler to answer in retrospect than when one first makes a decision. I enjoy challenging myself to quite an extent, and that factors into many of my decisions - in this case, studying far from home and experiencing independence has been a fruitful challenge. This university has provided me immense opportunities academically and socially, and although I did not know that initially, I can say now that I have gained so much from being here. Furthermore, I am surrounded by ambitious, creative, and intelligent peers and it is inspiring.
Why NRES? Specifically, why did you choose to study Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences?Although I entered the University of Illinois as an Animal Sciences major, I slowly realized that the NRES mission aligned much more closely to my interests and values. The NRES Department has allowed me to pursue everything I wish to - a factor I am so thankful for.