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Mark Pool
I just wanted to learn from some of the best in the field, and I know I’ll get that here at the University of Illinois.

Profile: Mark Pool

Undergraduate Student

Mark Pool’s farm background encouraged him to pursue a degree in agricultural and consumer economics (ACE) so he could learn more about the business aspect of agriculture. He says the responsibilities he’s had on his own family farm have given him real world experience that he couldn’t have gained elsewhere at such a young age.

“I’m from the farm, and I wanted to keep that aspect of my life in my studies since I’ve spent so much time up until now with agriculture,” Mark says. “I like the money and business aspects of agriculture, so the ACE major was perfect for me.”

Mark says that one of the main draws to the University of Illinois is the high academic standard he is held to as a student. Mark was awarded a Jonathan Baldwin Turner (JBT) scholarship, and he says he is looking forward to working hard to keep his grades up.

“Being a JBT scholar has allowed me to be debt free so far, which is something few college students can say,” Mark says. “I am looking forward to meeting the GPA requirement for keeping the scholarship. This scholarship only gets renewed if I do well on grades, so it gives me an incentive to keep up.”

The prospect of attending one of the top research institutions in the country was another reason, Mark says, that he chose the U of I. The College of ACES’ emphasis on agriculture and its value to recruiters in the industry shows through its faculty and resources.

“There are renowned professors in this department that speak on the radio about this field of study,” Mark says. “Additionally, these professors have done great things that are current and relevant topics in agricultural economics. I just wanted to learn from some of the best in the field, and I know I’ll get that here at the University of Illinois.”