I cannot even begin to display my overwhelming gratitude for receiving a Targeting Excellence Scholarship Award. It means the world to me that you all have seen potential in my future and are willing to invest in it. I have tirelessly worked to advance my dreams of becoming a food animal veterinarian and this scholarship will greatly assist financially. With that, I would like to extend a huge thank you to the TE Sponsors, Board, Committees, and the Bob Christensen Family for granting me this amazing scholarship. I am looking forward to a bright future in the food animal agriculture industry!
“Beep… Beep… Beep…” My 5:30 alarm went off seemingly louder and more irritating than usual; but alas, it was time to rise and face the day. As I put layers upon layers onto my body, I concluded that I was ready for the bittering cold North Dakota winter as I walked to the barn. The calves were bellowing, the pigs were grunting, the chickens were clucking and all the annoyance and fatigue I felt from the moments prior simply vanished. From experience, I know the hardships and headaches that our farmers endure with their animals. I also know the reward and love that comes from working with the animals. Because of witnessing this, my cause for becoming a veterinarian is to help the farmers in every conceivable way to provide for their family and have happy, healthy animals. I know exactly what is required of the food animal veterinary service from over 240 hours of job shadowing and that is why I am so passionate and driven to major in animal science and pursue veterinary college with an emphasis in food animal medicine.
For the distant future, I desire to own and operate a food animal veterinary clinic in areas that are in desperate need of one. To accomplish this, I plan to start my career in a veterinary clinic while learning from the expert food animal veterinarians. I will also be gaining my own experience in the field and creating many meaningful farmer connections because these are essential in the veterinary practice. These farmers and their struggles are what will drive me to continually learn and do everything possible to help the animals in my care. Opening my own clinic combines my passion to help and my love for leadership. I have had the opportunity to develop and maximize my leadership experience through roles in high school. I was chapter president of both FBLA and Student Council. I served for a year as the Distinguished Young Woman of North Dakota. I was additionally the class president and salutatorian for the 2017 graduating class. I have continued my efforts to gain leadership experience in college. I was elected the Pre-Veterinary Club’s CFANS Student Board Representative for the upcoming year. All of these experiences have propelled my understanding and implementation of leadership. With my experiences in both high school and college, I am confident of my preparation for the veterinary career.