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Effie Lu
  • Effie Lu
  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Hometown: Xiamen, China
  • Major: Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
  • Effie Lu, a senior double majoring in Agricultural and Consumer Economics and Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, really knows how to balance her time. Not only is she completing these programs a semester early, but she is active on...

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Xavier Morgan
  • Xavier Morgan
  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Major: Agricultural Communications
  • Xavier Morgan’s goal is to leave his mark on the agriculture industry. He is working toward this goal through the agricultural communications program at the University of Illinois.

    “The agriculture industry is a very important...

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Margaret Murphy
  • Margaret Murphy
  • Graduation Year: 2019
  • Hometown: Itasca, Il
  • Major: Agricultural Communications
  • Margaret Murphy, says, “Students should not pick a major because they think it will make them a lot of money.” Her advice, is to instead, “pick a major that makes you excited to learn and get better at, something you can see spending your whole...

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Caroline Pocher
  • Caroline Pocher
  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Hometown: Bernardsville, New Jersey
  • Major: Animal Sciences
  • Caroline Pocher, a student in animal sciences is following a different path. She plans on attending medical school. She says, “Animal sciences provides me with an edge over typical pre-med students because of the comparative nature of the...

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Jerry Brockett
  • Jerry Brockett
  • Graduation Year: 2019
  • Hometown: Greenup, IL
  • Major: Agricultural Leadership and Science Education
  • Jerry Brockett is a senior in the Agricultural Leadership and Science Education program (Ag Ed). He is a highly involved student in and out of the program, being a member of the Agricultural Education Club, the Horticulture Club, Phi Eta Sigma...

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Hayden Schaumburg
  • Hayden Schaumburg
  • Graduation Year: 2019
  • Hometown: Watseka, IL
  • Major: Agricultural and Consumer Economics
  • Hayden Schaumburg has been surrounded by the agriculture industry his entire life. Growing up in a small town in Illinois, he grew up raising beef cattle and field crops. His decision to major in farm management just seemed natural.

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Kara Brockamp
  • Kara Brockamp
  • Graduation Year: 2019
  • Hometown: Morrisonville, IL
  • Major: Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • “For the longest time I thought I wanted to do something in the medical field, but in high school I found my passion for agriculture through FFA, 4-H, and a part-time job on a farm,” Kara says. “I was still really strong in math and science, so...

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Lauren Southwood
  • Lauren Southwood
  • Graduation Year: 2019
  • Hometown: Astoria, IL
  • Major: Human Development and Family Studies
  • Lauren Southwood, a junior studying human development and family studies, chose her major because of the numerous opportunities offered.

    “I chose HDFS because of the many opportunities available, the limitless paths one may take with...

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 Aiden Kamber
  • Aiden Kamber
  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Hometown: Park Ridge, IL
  • Major: Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Agricultural and biological engineering student Aiden Kamber wants to make a difference, that’s why he’s pursuing a degree in renewable energy systems engineering. This major is one of the seven specializations in the ABE program under 2...

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Eva Bacon
  • Eva Bacon
  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Hometown: Charleston, Illinois
  • Major: Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • When Eva Bacon was in junior high she found out she has several food allergies. In an effort to learn more about her own dietary needs, Eva began researching various aspects of the field of human nutrition and soon discovered a career path that...

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