Laykyn Rainbolt

Honors Program Ambassador

Why did you choose your major?

I chose to double major in Animal Science and Agricultural Communications because I desire to be well rounded and have the education to perform well in any career. Showing cattle for over 13 years drove me toward animal science, but I also saw the versatility in the ag communications degree. Some of the classes overlap, so I decided to do both to better prepare for anything the future brings. I quickly found the Bumpers Honors College after transferring here, and knew I wanted to challenge myself by pursuing research in my field of study.  

What are you hoping to do with it?

I hope to work in academia and complete research to further our understanding in the animal science industry. Honors College will be a great start for this career since it eases students into research, and the communications background will be essential to efficiently propose research and report findings.  

How do you stay involved with your department?

The animal science and AECT departments are great at keeping students in the loop. Animal science professors are quick to reach out to students with new opportunities, and the AECT professors are great about updating students through emails! Getting involved in clubs and meeting other students there is an easy way to stay in the loop with what’s going on in the department. The Honors College has an Instagram and sends out regular emails to keep student updated on what’s going on! I really believe one of the best ways to stay up to date is just to sit around the AFLS building atrium. As professors walk by, they will stop and chat with students.  

What is your favorite class and/or professor?

I love the Cow/CalfProduction class. Dr. Kegley really makes this class a hands on, intensive course that educates students beyond what other professors do in their own classes. All of the professors are incredible, but Dr. Powell and Dr. Kegley in the animal science department and Mrs. Cox in the AECT department are dedicated to helping students learn and grow. I also really enjoyed the graphic design class Mrs. Cox teaches.  

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

I am involved in several clubs in Bumpers College: Collegiate 4-H, FFA Supporters and Alumni, Block and Bridle, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, Sigma Alpha professional agricultural sorority, and others! There are many inviting groups that love new members in any major! 

What is your favorite thing about Bumpers College?

My favorite thing about Bumpers College is the family like atmosphere. I grew up in a small town in Arkansas and it was intimidating transferring to the U of A; however, I immediately felt welcomed and accepted by faculty and students alike in Bumpers College. AFLS is now just like home away from home! 

Why did you want to be an ambassador?

I wanted to be an ambassador because I am passionate about the opportunities at the University of Arkansas. I attended a community college in north central Arkansas before transferring here, so I feel like I have experiences that other students may not. I want to share the reasons I think the university is the perfect fit for each student! 

What is your advice for an incoming freshman?

My advice is don’t be afraid to venture outside your comfort zone. It is scary, but the benefits you will reap are much more valuable than staying inside your bubble. Be willing to reach out to faculty and other students when you need help – they are here to help you! Don’t be intimidated by Honors College or double majoring or picking up a minor. Go the extra mile! 

About Laykyn

Marshall, AR

Animal Science and Agricultural Communications