Austin Jacobelli

Agricultural Economics and AgribusinessAustin

Why did you choose your major?

I grew up in and around friend/family farms so this initially drew me towards a degree in agriculture. After further review of many degree options, I found an Agriculture Business degree to be a unique asset that I may leverage in various career paths. This degree gives me the business perspective of agriculture while also providing the foundational/analytical pieces of applied economics and finance. 

What are you hoping to do with it?

I will be applying my knowledge in applied economics, finance, and risk management to a career in Farm Advisory/Commodity Trading.

How do you stay involved with your department?

I am currently involved with Farm Bureau, Ducks Unlimited, Agriculture Business Club, and Student Ambassadors. These clubs/teams allow me to network with students & faculty at many events/meetings.

What is your favorite class and/or professor?

My favorite classes have been Futures & Options Markets, Basis Trading: Applied Risk Management, Basis Trading: Case Study, and Advanced Farm Business Management. 

How are you an engaged U of A student outside of the classroom?

I am always looking for an opportunity to engage with other students, attend university-wide held events, or apply myself in some fashion. I find myself attending athletics, miscellaneous industry-related speakers, assisting in research within the department, or participating in internships. 

What is your favorite thing about Bumpers College?

Bumpers College truly feels like a close-knit community. Each professor is always looking to give a helping hand and students tend to hold a high degree of character/moral stature. 

Why did you want to be an ambassador?

I wanted to be an ambassador to make an impact on student experience while also refining my leadership skills. 

What is your advice for an incoming freshman?

Apply yourself to the best of your ability to everything that you do. This effort has the potential to pay significant dividends throughout college and in your future career. With that said, have fun with it. You only get one opportunity to be in college so be sure to make the most of your time while you are here. 


About Austin

Mountain Home, AR

Agricultural Business Marketing and Management

At-Large/Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness