My name is Christine Chung. I am from Woodridge, Illinois, and am entering my senior year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am studying Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Fish and Wildlife Conservation.
As a child, I grew up in a suburb about 30 minutes outside of Chicago. So, I lived and breathed a city-girl lifestyle and was not exposed or interested in environmental matters at the time. It wasn't until high school, when I joined an environmental club, that my interests in nature began to blossom. It was really during my first internship as a bear management intern at the Inyo National Forest in Mammoth Lakes, California, through the Student Conservation Association that the fire inside of me was sparked. And ever since then, my interests and desire for experiences in all things related to natural resources have spread voraciously like a raging wildfire.