NRES Student Ambassador Taylor West

NRES Student Ambassador Taylor West

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Hometown: Roscoe, IL
Year/Graduation: Senior, May 2017
Concentration: Fish and Wildlife Conservation

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

As a first-generation college student in my family, I really had to research universities to determine which one was the best fit for me. The University of Illinois has a very impressive academic reputation, so I knew attending UIUC would give me the great education. After my first campus visit, I was sold. Between the beautiful campus and friendly people, I knew I wanted to be an Illini!

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

I have always had a passion for wildlife and the environment. NRES allows me to explore my interests and deepen my knowledge of subjects I truly care about. There are countless opportunities in NRES to get first-hand experience with whatever interests you!