I would like to personally think you for providing the Targeting Excellence Scholarship. As one of my professors told me, “In college, 50% of what you learn is in the classroom. The other 50% comes from what you do on campus, what you get involved in, and the connections you make.” Another quote that encourages me to stay involved is, “The world is ran by those who show up.” Thanks, once again, for your continued support and investment in the future of agriculture students.
My career all started 14 years ago when I showed my first pig in Louisville, Kentucky at the National Junior Swine Association Summer Spectacular. Since then I have been involved in showing pigs, sheep, and cattle all across this nation. I’m currently serving on the NJSA Junior Board of Directors. Our duties on the junior board involve facilitating leadership events for the nation’s largest youth livestock association, networking with numerous industry professionals, and mentoring the youth within the swine industry. Now, I am a sophomore this fall/spring double majoring in Animal Science and in International Agriculture at Iowa State University. Since the start of college, I have hit the ground running from being a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Professional Agriculture Fraternity to being a Tri-Chair for the Iowa State Block & Bridle Grill Team to serving on the committees for several other events. As one of my professors told me, “In college, 50% of what you learn is in the classroom. The other 50% comes from what you do on campus, what you get involved in, and the connections you make.” Another quote that encourages me to stay involved is, “The world is ran by those who show up.” I was lucky enough to have just finished an internship with New Fashion Pork for summer 2018 where I worked in all phases of production from the nurseries to the packing plant and from the feedmill to the finishing barns. Being a sophomore, I am not sure where exactly I fit into the swine industry yet. I am interested in nutrition, meat science, pharmaceuticals and even international trade. I have always been involved in the swine industry and the agriculture industry in general 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 agriculture industry.