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Carlee Silver
There are just so many great things to do in the College of ACES.

Profile: Carlee Silver

Credit Assistant, Farm Credit

After completing several internships, agricultural and consumer economics (ACE) graduate Carlee Silver is excited to continue working for Farm Credit, now as a credit assistant. Through college, Carlee was both a credit services intern and a summer intern for the association. After graduation, she was hired as a credit assistant and works with farmers’ financial statements.

“I really enjoy this job because in addition to my daily responsibilities of working with loan set-ups and analysis, it also allows me the opportunity to get out and help my co-workers be more efficient in their work environment with various training opportunities,” Carlee says.

Because of her experiences at the University of Illinois, Carlee has flourished in her career, and she thanks the College of ACES for most of her success.

“I think an ACE degree really helps you in many ways,” Carlee says. “There are quality classes to take within the department, but there are also opportunities outside the classroom. Those really helped me be a better person, student, and now professional.”

The experiential learning classes Carlee took during her years at U of I were among her favorites.

“They got me out of my element and pushed me to be a better leader in a different environment that I was used to,” Carlee says. “I believe at U of I there are just a lot of unique things that you won’t see in other schools.”

Carlee believes she is more prepared to move forward in the professional world thanks to her involvement in campus activities. She was a member of Collegiate FFA, the ExplorACES steering committee, the Student Advancement Committee, and the National Agri-Marketing Association. She also participated in the Agriculture Future of America Leaders Conference and the International Business Immersion Program.

Asked about her advice to incoming freshmen, Carlee says, “There are just so many great things to do in the College of ACES. Take advantage of everything, because this is the one time in life that everything is right at your front door.”