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Jack Rich
I will get the knowledge that I need for a job, but I will also build relationships and friendships that I can carry on into my career.

Profile: Jack Rich

Undergraduate Student

Jack Rich is no stranger to the farm. He has always been involved in agriculture and grew up with parents and grandparents farming. When he decided he wanted to bring the business side of agriculture to applications on the farm, a degree in agricultural and consumer economics (ACE) seemed to be the perfect fit.

“I think, quite simply, it lets me study what I have an interest in and get better in that area,” Jack says. “That is the beauty of college. You can study what you want and learn about subjects that interest you. In addition to letting me study some great subjects, my academic program introduces me to some great people.”

Networking and relationship building play a large part in success at the University of Illinois.

“I will get the knowledge that I need for a job, but I will also build relationships and friendships that I can carry on into my career,” Jack says. “So many people here have such a passion for what they do, in turn helping others to learn.”

Once he was accepted to the University of Illinois, he says, the choice to attend was easy. A Jonathan Baldwin Turner scholar, Jack is also a member of the Marching Illini, Collegiate Farm Bureau, and ACE Club. Jack thrives both in his academics and his involvement on campus.

Jack adds about the College of ACES, “You will be hard-pressed to find another college that has great faculty, deals with the broad subjects that it does, and deals with them so well.”