The first week I was here on campus I attended Quad Day and quickly became aware of the fact that the University of Illinois has over 1,100 Registered Student Organizations (RSOs). These organizations include professional development groups, a cappella choirs, fraternities and sororities, and even squirrel watching clubs, just to name a few.
Quad Day was incredibly overwhelming but I knew it was important for me to get involved in at least a few activities on campus. One of the RSOs I choose to participate in is called Illini ACT. ACT stands for Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow. It’s basically a club that is perfect for Ag Comm majors (though others are welcome). ACT gives its members great opportunities to do professional development work. We do also sorts of activities from attending professional development conferences to reading to 1st-grade classrooms to doing all of the communications work for Women Changing the Face of Agriculture (WCFA). These opportunities for real-world job experiences and the chances we have to build relationships and network with other people in the industry are incredibly valuable.
This group is a great place for us to grow individually as communicators and together as a part of the agricultural industry and family. I’m very thankful for all the opportunities a Big 10 University is able to provide!
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