Agricultural Education, Communications and Technology Ambassador
Why did you choose your major?
I chose AECT because of my affinity for agriculture which I developed while participating in FFA in high school. I originally had no idea what I wanted to do but I knew it was something within the agriculture industry. My passion for leadership development led me to choose the leadership concentration!
What are you hoping to do with it?
I hope to work in the private sector in a governmental relations capacity. I Interned for Governor Hutchinson’s office over this last summer and it has really opened up my eyes to how important agriculture is to the economy and state government.
How do you stay involved with your department?
AECT is such a small department that you really get to know all of your fellow students and faculty. I am a member of a couple of departmental clubs, FFA alumni and Supporters and Collegiate Farm Bureau which is a good way to get involved. Also, I never miss popcorn day in AFLS, which is always a good way to hang out with friends and chat with faculty.
What is your favorite class and/or professor?
It’s so hard to pick one! I think my favorite class was Introduction to leadership and communications. That class is co-taught by two of my all-time favorite educators, Dr. Rucker and Mrs. Cox, and was very insightful into what the overarching viewpoints of leadership and communications are. Close seconds would be foundations of agricultural education with Dr. Estepp and Flagship U! with Chancellor Steinmetz. I really enjoy philosophical, discussion-based classes and all of these fit that description.
How are you an engaged U of A student outside of the classroom?
I am involved with multiple departmental clubs, mentor students through Bumpers Honors and The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and have been active in the Associated Student Government.
What is your favorite thing about Bumpers College?
It’s easily the family environment. From the students to the faculty, up to the Dean’s Office, everybody is welcome. The faculty know the vast majority of students in their department by our first name, they also know our hobbies and interests. This creates a culture of teamwork and success, I have really enjoyed learning in that environment.
Why did you want to be an ambassador?
I wanted to help students realize that a college education is attainable, no matter the situation and that Bumpers College is an ideal place to acquire that education.
What is your advice for an incoming freshman?
Network, network, network. Any chance you have to meet people, whether that be fellow students, faculty, or administration, take that opportunity and run with it. You never know what opportunities may arise just from knowing and impressing someone on campus.
Major/Concentration: Double Major in Agricultural Business (Marketing and Management) and Agricultural Leadership
Agricultural Education, Communication and Technology & Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness