Last summer was anything but boring for Kelsey Litchfield, a junior in agricultural communications (AGCM). From interviewing farmers for her internship with RFD Radio Network to being elected an officer for the National Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT), Kelsey powered through her summer with a positive attitude and new leadership responsibilities—as well as a very special award.
“I was very surprised when my name was called. I am blessed to be recognized as Outstanding ACT Member of the Year. It is very reassuring that all the work I have done is paying off, and I hope this award inspires other ACT members to work hard.”
Kelsey also stays busy throughout the school year at Illinois. She is a member of 4-H House Cooperative Sorority and Illini ACT, as well as the special events co-chair for the Explore ACES Steering Committee, ag literacy chair for the U of I Collegiate Farm Bureau, and the director for associate chapters on the Panhellenic Council. Kelsey says that these clubs and experiences have prepared her for her career.
“I have had many opportunities for internships and scholarships that have prepped me for my future career as a farm broadcaster. The classroom experience has prepared me for my internships and getting hands-on experience. U of I gives me the tools that I need to succeed.”
For Kelsey, the most memorable part of being involved in the College of ACES is relationships.
“Whether with peers, faculty, or alumni, I truly feel a part of the ACES family. Coming to such a big school, I was worried about finding people from the same small-town background as me. However, it didn’t take me long to find them in the College of ACES. You are with these people every day, whether in the classroom, in the library, or at a meeting. The people I have met have made my ACES experience one that I will cherish the rest of my life.”