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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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Sierra Schreiber
  • Sierra Schreiber
  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Hometown: Grayslake, Illinois
  • Major: Animal Sciences
  • Sierra Schreiber, a senior in Animal Sciences, is active as a departmental student ambassador, a member of the Meats Judging Team, and a part-time worker at the campus dairy farm. She enjoys the flexibility of molding her degree to fit her...

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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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Rachel Recker
  • Rachel Recker
  • Graduation Year: 2019
  • Hometown: Venedy, IL
  • Major: Agricultural Leadership and Science Education
  • Rachel Recker, a junior in Agricultural Leadership Education, is passionate about educating the world to the importance of agriculture. Her involvement in the College of ACES and the Agricultural Leadership Education program has allowed her to...

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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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Taylor Jeffries
  • Taylor Jeffries
  • Graduation Year: 2019
  • Hometown: Woodbury, MN
  • Major: Animal Sciences
  • After taking Introduction to Animal Sciences, junior in animal sciences, Taylor Jeffries knew she wanted to work with large animals.

    “I came into college knowing that animal sciences is what I wanted to study. For the longest time,...

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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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