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Tim Callahan

Class of 2017
From Belvidere, Illinois
Interned at FOCUS Training, Sales and Marketing Intern; AGED 260 Undergraduate TA

Tim chose to pursue a degree in Agricultural Leadership Education because he is interested in the concept of leadership. He says the classes he is taking at the University of Illinois expose him to real-world scenarios where he can apply what he’s learned. “This program has a large amount of out-of-the-classroom experiences. The professors try to set up classes in a way that gives you real world experience.”

His most valuable part of his ACES experience comes from forming connections with professors. “Whether it has been connecting me to their networks, letting me be a research assistant, or giving me career advice, my ACES professors have always had my best interest in mind.” He says the University of Illinois has prepared him for life after graduation. “From the day you arrive, advisors and faculty emphasize the importance of getting involved with organizations that you are interested. Not only that, but professors do a great job of including out of the classroom context and experience to their curriculum.” Tim has followed this advice and is involved with ConvoPartners through the Intensive English Institute, DGS Leaders through the Division of General Studies, and Study Abroad Italy through the Ag Education Department.

His advice for future students is to picture themselves 10 years from now. “Once you have an idea of what you would like to do, work your way backwards and find a few majors that would allow you to pursue that career.” He also says the University of Illinois has opportunity most academic institutions can’t offer. “In fact, with over 150 majors, almost anyone can find something that they are passionate about.”

Read more about Tim's internship experience from the Voices of ACES blog.