I am incredibly humbled by and grateful to be honored with this scholarship! Thank you to all the TE sponsors, Board, and Committees for your support and consideration – my pursuit of a food animal agriculture career (and serving my community) has been bolstered by your help. I look forward to “paying it forward” in the work I do!
My career focus is primarily in veterinary studies; since I am pursuing a career in veterinary medicine, I’ve completed a major in Animal Science and two minors (Poultry Science and Dance). I’ve felt called to pursue veterinary medicine for many years- this career incorporates my passion for the humanities as well as biology, for people skills as well as technical and animal work. I’ve been inspired to pursue this further by my love of the sciences, experience caring for and working with animals (both under veterinarians and independently), and interest in language, business, and communication. At the same time, by intensively studying literature, writing, research, and language, I am preparing for the communication, writing, and literary aspects of my planned career. My passion for sports, dance, and art has developed my physical strength and coordination as well as my understanding of interactive, spatial, and structural relationships—which are valuable skills in the veterinary profession! Additionally, continuing to develop these aspects has strengthened my self-expression, curiosity, personal focus, and total development as a whole person. After completing my veterinary school education (starting this fall), I intend to pursue a career as a food animal veterinarian, and to have specific foci in international and people-related contexts (e.g. public health and teaching). Since my choice of veterinary medicine emerged later in my life, I’ve taken the initiative to gather as wide a variety of experiences as possible during my college years – and those which consistently drive my desire to become a veterinarian are those focused on food animals. Through hot summer hours of cattle processing, wrestling with small ruminants for medical procedures, and castrating piglets in technique labs, I’ve gotten to consistently see work with this class of animals as the messy but rewarding career work I best resonate with. Whether in breeding waterfowl, working with horses, or performing necropsies on chickens, I’ve found both a personal enjoyment of working with food animals and comfort in their contexts – and, ultimately, a deeper understanding of their key role in global health and medicine. My substantial experience in intercultural contexts, as a multiethnic individual, has also given me a passion for international relations and service; my roots in ministry, teaching, and involvement in underserved communities have further deepened this. In the ups and downs of relating to international lab coworkers or teaching underprivileged girls to run confidently, mentoring students in their faith or teaching newbies to dance, I’ve confidently honed in on my personal versatility in serving, leading, and working alongside humans of many an ilk. My choice to pursue food animal medicine will help me to humbly use these skills and passions to interface with, understand, and serve a variety of such people.