Growing up on a hog farm in rural Northeast Iowa, I have always had a passion for agriculture. That passion led me to become involved in my local 4-H club and FFA chapter. Those experiences introduced me to Iowa State University and the various career opportunities that agriculture has to offer. After visiting Iowa State and talking with various professors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences I realized that Agriculture and Life Sciences Education, Communications option was the major for me.
As a freshman I was involved in several organizations that have opened many doors for me. By being involved in the National Agri-Marketing Association, CALS Ambassadors, and the CALS Student Council I have learned lessons a classroom could not provide and in the process made lifelong friends.
Another opportunity I have taken advantage of is the CALS Career Fair that is held each fall. By attending the career fair I have been able to network with professionals and have secured three internships while attending Iowa State University.
This past summer I was MaxYield Cooperative’s Communications and Client Relations intern. The internship allowed me to further develop my communication skills. One project involved putting together a calendar featuring antique, vintage tractors. To complete the calendar, I scheduled photo shoots, conducted interviews and worked with the publishing company from start to finish. I also coordinated the schedules for the photo shoots and interviews for the MySolutions magazine that MaxYield publishes. Overall, this was a valuable internship and I appreciated being given responsibility to see these projects through.
Photo Credit: Greg Latza