I would like to thank all sponsors that make these scholarships possible to encourage and support the future of food animal agriculture. I would also like to thank the board, committees, and anyone who had a voice in selecting me as a recipient of this scholarship. Thank you so much for your recognition and support. This scholarship is so greatly appreciated!
If you asked me about my career goals during the summer before starting college, I would have told you I was going to be a small animal veterinarian. I grew up in a city in New Jersey, where I struggled to find my calling and any type of career I was interested in. I finally decided on the goal of becoming a veterinarian with the assumption that it meant I would be working with cats and dogs. Once I started college, I got involved with the Animal Science Club and saw sign-ups for beef cattle showing. I signed up without even know what showing a heifer entailed. I had absolutely no idea what a big part of my life it would become. After slowly gathering more and more exposure with cattle, I knew things were changing for me. I found myself wrapped up in a whole new culture, and couldn’t get enough of it. Fast forward to four years later and my career goals have shifted. I am now an NC State Food Animal Scholar and am attending NC State’s CVM with a track in food animal medicine, focusing on cattle and swine. I can no longer see myself doing anything else and am so excited to see what the rest of my journey as in store for me!