BJ Brugman

Royal, Iowa
Why did you come to ISU?
When I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in agriculture it became obvious that I should attend a university with one of the nation’s premier agriculture programs. The great thing about the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is that students are challenged to succeed in and out of the classroom. Not only am I responsible for my studies, but I am also responsible for sharing the message about the endless opportunities in the field of agriculture. ISU CALS has given me the knowledge, the background and most importantly the pride in the agriculture industry. 
 
As I analyze my own community, it seems to me that those that are leaders in the agriculture industry and those that are committed to responsible and sustainable agriculture have received their degrees from Iowa State University. I consider myself very fortunate to be associated with agriculture’s elites here on campus and across the country.
 
Favorite Experiences
My favorite experience at ISU so far has been my involvement with the ISU Women’s Basketball Scout Team. The Scout Team is responsible for learning the offensive and defensive sets of the opposing team and implementing these sets in practice each day.  Not many students have the opportunity to interact and learn from Coach Bill Fennelly and his staff on a daily basis. I am currently entering my third season on the Scout Team and love every minute of it. I am very thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this great program at ISU.
 
Clubs and Activities
I am currently serving as one of the General Co-chairs for VEISHEA 2011. I have previously been involved with VEISHEA as an Entertainment Co-chair of the VEISHEA executive board, and have also served on the entertainment committee. I am actively involved in my fraternity, Alpha Gamma Rho, as the VNR of Alumni Relations. I have also served on the Junior Greek Council and am currently a member of the Iowa State University Women’s Basketball Scout Team. 
 
Outlook on Internships
Internships are an extremely valuable tool for those students looking to diversify their background in the agriculture industry. I have been fortunate enough to have two great internships during my first two years at ISU and I am currently pursuing my third. Internships are not only a great way for students to expose themselves to several different areas, but also a great vehicle for students to network and build relationships with future employers. I would encourage all students to obtain as many internships as they can during their undergraduate career. 
 
Advice
Be prepared to take on responsibility right away. You will set yourself apart from other students if you are willing to “step up to the plate” early in your college career. It is also important to be passionate about all of your endeavourers. Continue to work for what you feel most passionate about and you will always find success.