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Taylor Friedrich

Class of 2017
From Bloomington, Illinois

Growing up on a farm raising horses, corn, and soybeans encouraged Taylor’s deep passion for the agriculture industry. She chose agricultural leadership as a major because she wanted to improve herself and how she can impact the industry. “This is a program that makes us better people so that we can help others in our careers and jobs because we are learning how to teach and lead based on who we are and what others need to be their best in the work place.”

Taylor is currently applying classroom concepts while she works at an area middle school. Through the PACE Program (Planning/Achieving/Collegiate/Excellence), she mentors “at risk” students in grades 6-8 in study skills and setting goals for themselves. The leadership she learns from her classes at U of I aid her in motivating students to graduate to higher education.

Her advice to future students would be to stay true to themselves. She says, “Sometimes you may not know what you have a passion for, but start by looking at the things you are good at. Choosing a college can be overwhelming, but you just have to find what feels right to you and where you fit in.”