NRES Student Ambassador Abbey Matre
Hometown: Glen Ellyn, IL
Year/Graduation: Senior, May 2019
Concentration: Resource Conservation and Restoration Ecology
Why Illinois? – What factors helped contribute to your decision to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign?
I transferred to Illinois as a sophomore because I am interested in midwest habitat restoration and community outreach. I thought the University of Illinois would be the best place to get hands-on experience and meet professors who do work in the area. I also wanted to go to a school that valued studying abroad and undergraduate research, both of which U of I has many opportunities for.
Why NRES? – Specifically, why did you choose to study Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences?
I chose to study NRES because I care about improving the environment and sharing what I learn with others. This major prepares me for a wide variety of career options, and I appreciate how much the faculty prioritizes getting students involved. I like the tight-knit community that NRES students and faculty have and enjoy being in a major where people are passionate about what they are doing.