NRES Student Ambassador Tristan Schramer
Year/Graduation: Senior, Spring 2018
Concentration: Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Why Illinois? – What factors helped contribute to your decision to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign?
I wanted to attend an in-state university that was academically rigorous and plentiful in opportunities for growth, both professionally and personally. With the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign having such close ties to affiliations like the Illinois Natural History Survey, my decision was really quite simple for someone wishing to engage in applied field work and conservation. I realize one’s success is less dependent on the university, but rather on the opportunities that one can forge and take advantage of during one’s collegiate years.
Why NRES? – Specifically, why did you choose to study Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences?
The natural world had always piqued my curiosity as a young child and continues to do so to this day. Consequently, I spent the vast majority of my life harboring a strong interest in herpetology and have always wished to pursue it professionally. Having researched NRES, I thought it offered a good balance of course work that focused both on practice and management, but also scientific advancements in this field. Moreover, the combination of NRES and IB classes in the Fish and Wildlife Conservation concentration catered well to my passions and allowed for enough space in my schedule to explore other side interests.