I have had the greatest learning experiences through participating outside of the classroom.
Profile: Molly Messner
When she first visited the University of Illinois, Molly Messner, now a student in agricultural and consumer economics (ACE), was impressed by all the options the ACE major offers. Although Molly does not come from an agricultural background, she was immediately interested in the public policy and law concentration and learning more about trade and development and rural economics.
“I was looking forward to getting a taste of economics with a mix of political science, business, and communications classes,” Molly says. “This led me to eventually choose business and communications as my two minors, because they complement the public policy and law concentration well.”
Molly says that in addition to the variety available in her classes, she enjoys the small, close-knit community that ACE offers. She attributes much of her academic success to the accessibility of College of ACES advisors and the resources they can provide.
“U of I has prepared me for my future career path through my education in various sectors of policy, and I have benefited from both coursework and out-of-class experiences,” Molly says. “I am interested in working for the government, and it is through my classes, peers, and advisors that I am aware of the plentiful opportunities available for internships and jobs in Washington, DC.”
On campus, Molly is a Jonathan Baldwin Turner scholar, a resident advisor, and a member of a social sorority. She also plays on the women’s ultimate frisbee club team. She has served as an ACE ambassador, worked as a Campus Recreation lifeguard, and studied abroad through ACES.
“When I first visited, I was very intimidated by the number of people on this campus,” Molly says. “But there are many ways to stand out and not feel like a small fish lost in a big pond. I have had the greatest learning experiences through participating outside of the classroom.”