NRES Student Ambassador Sydney Curts
Hometown: Sumner, IL
Year/Graduation: Sophmore, May 2023
Concentration: Environmental Science and Management
Why Illinois? – What factors helped contribute to your decision to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign?
I decided to come to Illinois because of the big-school opportunities accompanied by the
welcoming atmosphere. Illinois has given me so many opportunities to develop both
professionally and as a person. The first time I came to campus, everyone made me feel like I
was at home; whenever you’re moving hours away for the first time, this is so important!
Why NRES? – Specifically, why did you choose to study Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences?
I have always had a passion for the environment, but never knew I could make a career out of
it until I came to NRES—and there are so many career paths to choose from! Choosing to
study Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences has been the best decision I have made
while at Illinois. My professors, advisors, and peers have been the best and the opportunities
through the College of ACES are great!