Jessica chose Agricultural Leadership Education after volunteering with Cook County Farm Bureau for the past six years. After seeing the benefits of the youth outreach programs, she decided to pursue a career to help further youth development and outreach curriculum. She says the University of Illinois has taught her valuable networking skills, as well as offered her hands on experience like working at the U of I Dairy Research Farm.
The University of Illinois is set apart from other academic institutions because it offers educational opportunities outside of the classroom. “U of I has an incredibly diverse community on a close knit campus, which allows students to experience multiculturalism to its fullest. The extensive variety of degree choices opens the university to a wide range of prospective students.” The close knit environment also applies to her major. “I feel the greatest benefit to the Agricultural Leadership Education program is that it is an application based program that also allows the opportunity to develop close bonds with other students, faculty and staff which leads to a more comprehensive learning environment.”