I would like to thank all of the the Targeting Excellence Sponsors, Board, and Committee members for taking the time to view my application.
With only one year of my college academic journey left I have recently found myself wondering, “Am I where I wanted to be when I entered NCSU as a freshman?”. Also, I often ask myself, “Have I taken the proper steps to set myself up for my 5-year and even 10-year goals?”. I guess I could say that I’m still answering those questions and maybe following graduation I will have a better conclusion but one thing I can say is that with all the knowledge and experience that I have received from NCSU I am feeling very optimistic about my future. For all of my life I have wanted to farm, rather it be with livestock, or driving a tractor prepping land for the upcoming planting season. Before I made the decision to attend college I had almost given up on the thought of ever being able to farm for myself. I thought that attending college was my only other option to providing a suitable lifestyle for myself and my family one day. But, as my college experience is quickly approaching an end I have learned that nothing is for certain. I have learned so many incredible things while in college, things that I will take with me and use for the rest of my life. Following college graduation, I plan to start off my career as a seed/chemical/fertilizer rep or enter as a crop consultant. Along with my career in agronomy I plan to work in the swine industry. One of my all-time goals is to own and operate my own swine farm. I have a passion for working with pigs and I love everything about it. In fact, since school has been online since last August, I have had the opportunity to work on a finishing farm completing the daily tasks and chores. There’s nothing that I love more than to wake up in the morning and head to the hog farm for morning rounds. So for my 5-year plan of my career goals, In 5 years, I see myself in an agronomist position helping farmers make informed and educated decisions on their crops. Along with that I plan to operate a swine finishing or topping farm as a “side job” or “side hobby” as I often refer to it as.