Thank you sponsors for all of the support that you have given both myself and my peers through your donation. It is both financially helpful but also it is encouraging. It gives us confidence knowing that you believe that we can take the future in good directions and are willing to help fund it.
Hometown: Mountian Lake , MN
School: University of Minnesota
Major / Species: Animal Science with minor in Agriculture and Food Business Management
Career Goals: I grew up on a 2000 acre, 10,000 sow farm in southwest, MN. This has shaped my view of life through many experiences. While I was growing up I got to have conversations with my uncle, who is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He would share stories of working as a vet and about how the animal world operates. He had an attentive listener because I have always been interested in how the world works and specifically how animals biologically live, breathe, and interact. His enthusiasm, coupled with my farm, 4-H, and FFA experiences of spending countless hours with animals has given me the desire to work with large food animals. This lead to my aspiration to become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Becoming a D.V.M. is not all about the animals though. My long term goal is to help the farmer with his or her operation to enable and inspire them to grow and sustain their farming operation in a way that is beneficial for them and the world. Veterinary medicine is just one method by which to accomplish this goal. I would like to take my action further. My plan is to mix aspects of veterinarian medicine with large food animal economics. This has wide implications for helping farmers on an economic level as well as in health. I plan to accomplish these goals by first attending veterinarian school. I have been accepted at the University of Minnesota and plan to start in the fall of 2018. While in undergraduate school, I am enhancing my animal science courses with opportunities like conferences and classes to learn about economics and professional development. Meanwhile, I have joined organizations like FarmHouse to aid in teaching me emotional intelligence. This supplementation will enable me to better connect and serve farmers to give back the knowledge I’ve learned.