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Tyra Brown
I have learned a lot about myself during my time at U of I and have had the chance to make friends and interact with several great professors. I now have a path I want my future to follow.

Profile: Tyra Brown

Undergraduate Student

In addition to her coursework for both a major and a minor, ACES student Tyra Brown balances two part-time jobs and an officer position in a registered student organization. Tyra says a diverse skill set and campus involvement are increasingly important career preparation for college students, and the U of I gives her a platform to create an edge in the job market.

Tyra is a head lifeguard for Campus Recreation and a student researcher at the National Soybean Research Laboratory. But perhaps her most valuable experience has been with MANRRS, the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences club.

The club set a goal to create Junior MANRRS programs at Urbana High School and the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, and Tyra, committee chair, oversees the program and sets objectives to achieve the committee’s goals. She said the committee visited the high schools to raise awareness about Junior MANRRS.

“Both schools agreed to partner with MANRRS for the junior program,” Tyra said. “Committee members visit the schools and speak about the importance of minorities in agriculture and how students can be involved in MANRRS in college.”

Tyra said her campus jobs and her involvement and education in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics have prepared her for future success.

“I have learned a lot about myself during my time at U of I and have had the chance to make friends and interact with several great professors. I now have a path I want my future to follow,” Tyra said.