NRES Student Ambassador Taylor Cascia

NRES Student Ambassador Taylor Cascia

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Hometown: Pekin, IL
Year/Graduation: Senior, May 2017
Concentration: Human Dimensions of the Environment

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

I have always been in love with this university ever since I was born. My father, along with many aunts and uncles, attended Illinois, so from an early age I was around campus for events like sports. I also was drawn to the big school aspect because I felt that no matter what major I decided to pursue, I could find a home here at Illinois. The size gave me a sense that I would be able to find my niche here, no matter what I wanted to do with my future, which was very comforting while transitioning to the college life.

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

Coming into Illinois, I had about five majors in mind that I could pursue, but no idea as to how to go about choosing. I decided to take a variety of classes from all of my potential majors, and ended up in an architecture class that had a lesson on sustainable buildings. Because that topic sparked so much interest, I decided to take two NRES courses the next
semester, fell in love, and knew I had found my major. Then, after getting more involved in the college and NRES, I knew I had found a home.