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U of I helped me develop confidence, analytical skills, and the abilities to sell myself and to understand contracts and legal language, along with many other skills that I use day to day.

Profile: Eli Clausen

Alumni
Claims Associate for State Farm

Eli Clausen’s greatest joy is transforming some of a person’s worst days into a happy ending. To make that possible as a successful claims associate, Eli says, you need qualities such as critical thinking, empathy, and flexibility. 

Eli credits Illinois with providing him the skills needed to be an effective claims associate. 

“U of I helped me develop confidence, analytical skills, and the abilities to sell myself and to understand contracts and legal language, along with many other skills that I use day to day. It helped me develop as a person and put me on the path to who I want to be,” he says.

While at Illinois Eli took part in many campus activities. 

“At different points I was as a member of Beta Sigma Psi fraternity, an ambassador for my department, an Illini Forester, and part of the Marching Illini. As far as classes, the most interesting ones I took traveled to the mountain west [Politics of the National Parks—Yellowstone] and to California [Food, Farm, and Environmental Policy of California]. The hands-on experience and total immersion in both experiences were amazing!” he says. 

Eli enjoyed the excellent staff, the active social scene, and the diversity of student clubs while at Illinois.

He says, “U of I is set apart from other institutions by its high standards of academic achievement, its diversity, the extracurricular activities, and the wide range of opportunities available in many fields of study.”