I want to thank you for your continued support of tomorrow’s agriculture industry leaders! This fall, I will begin my 5th year as I work towards an MBA with Animal Science and International Agriculture. I have appreciated all that Targeting Excellence has provided for myself and so many other students. I have also greatly enjoyed participating in the annual shoots. Thanks again for your continued support of tomorrow’s agriculture industry leaders.
There are three quotes that I strive to live by each and every day, they are, “Work until you no longer have to introduce yourself,” “The world is run by those who show up,” and “It is more blessed to give than receive” Acts 20:35. I have taken this advice to heart. Throughout the past year, we have each faced numerous difficulties with Covid-19, lost jobs, health issues, etc. However, no matter what happens, we are judged based on how we handle ourselves and how we choose to stand up when we get knocked down. For me, this was pursuing a goal of mine that I figured I’d do years after college. Covid-19 took college students off of campus, away from club activities and friends, and forced us into online learning. Instead of being disappointed in these decisions, I decided to take the new found extra time I had and complete my training to become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). My family has always been dedicated to giving back to their communities and I it has always been a dream of mine to be on my community’s volunteer service wherever I live. I am proud to say that I completed my training and certification and am now a member of the Roland Response Team in Roland, IA. Being able to help others is such an unbelievably humble experience. Another great opportunity that I have taken advantage of is the study abroad opportunities. I have had the chance to partake in an international experience that went to England and Scotland to study the heritage of the purebred livestock breeds and how they have impacted our agriculture industry today. The trip was a total of 16 days including travel. We started in London and ended in Edinburgh but spent almost every night in between in a different town. We got the chance to meet many great farmers and true stockmen who knew so much about their animals and farms. Summer of 2019, I was able to travel to Rome, Italy for six weeks where I worked on a high-functioning team focused on client-based research for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Of the United Nations. My team focused our research on the sustainability of a global dietary shift to a more plant-based diet. Being a junior, I am not sure exactly where I fit into the agriculture industry yet. However, I am currently in the concurrent MBA program here at Iowa State which means I am still working on my undergrad while also working on my MBA. So, no matter what I end up doing or where my job will take me, I know that I will always be involved in the animal agriculture industry.