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Madison Scanlan
Perhaps ACES is unique because it is so small, but I feel it is much easier to take on a university of over 40,000 people if you have a small and helpful college to support you.

Profile: Madison Scanlan

Undergraduate Student

Madison Scanlan knew what she wanted to study in college long before she knew where she wanted to go. Public policy and law is the perfect concentration for her, and the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics in the College of ACES became her college home. She feels prepared for her upcoming career because of the opportunities ACES offers.

“Using school resources has helped me find and prepare for internships,” Madison says. “I also have attended career and graduate school fairs to explore options. The educational experience I am receiving at the U of I prepares me for my future career, as I am learning theories and ideas that will translate into skills and knowledge.”

Madison says that ACES has encouraged her to step outside of her comfort zone, which has pushed her to work harder to learn new concepts. High-achieving students shape and are shaped by the University of Illinois, and Madison is no different.

“Most U of I students are extremely hard working, with big goals for their future,” Madison says. “If you look at our notable alumni, you can see that this is tradition. I consider myself a competitive person, and being around such high-achieving peers makes me work harder and helps me compete at a high level.”

On campus, Madison serves the College of ACES on the Illinois Student Senate and is an ACE ambassador and a student voting member of the Subcommittee on Undergraduate Student Conduct. She also sits on the Tuition Policy Advisory Committee. An internship in Washington, DC, has helped her become a well-rounded student, Madison says. Her outstanding experiences have made her feel at home in the College of ACES.

“The most meaningful part of my ACES experience is definitely the kindness and helpfulness I receive all the time,” Madison says. “Perhaps ACES is unique because it is so small, but I feel it is much easier to take on a university of over 40,000 people if you have a small and helpful college to support you. It means a lot to me to know that the faculty in ACES are willing to take the time to meet with you, listen to you, and work with you.”