Posted on May 26, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Iowa Corn
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” This was a common question people always asked me when I was a young child, but as I have gotten older, I still find my relatives asking me this question at family gatherings.
|My passion for agriculture at a young age. |I grew up on a farm north of Mason City where my Dad grows corn and soybeans. I have three siblings; one older brother and a younger brother and sister. Growing up, I attended North Central Elementary/ Middle School, but my freshman year of high school we began whole-grade sharing with another school thus changing the name of my school to Central Springs. Throughout high school, I was involved in a variety of extracurricular activities including choir, drama, National Honor’s Society, Student Council, 4-H, cross country, basketball, and track.
|My Family - Go Cyclones! |For the longest time, I was convinced that I wanted to be a vet because of my passion for animals. However, I soon realized that several years of post secondary education in a challenging field like veterinary medicine was not for me. Throughout my high school years my career goals changed practically on a weekly basis. One week, I wanted to become a federal agent for the United States and the next, I was determined I’d be a great history teacher. I graduated from Central Springs in May 2011 and began my adventure to Iowa State University I began my freshman year of college at Iowa State University with an undecided major. Finally, after thoughtful consideration and a little research I declared my major as Agricultural Communications. I finally found a major that combined my two passions; working with people and agriculture. After declaring this major, I haven’t look back!
During my time at Iowa State I have been involved in numerous on-campus clubs including Freshmen Council, Alpha Lambda Delta/ Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Ambassadors, and ISU Corn Growers Club. I recently completed up my junior year at Iowa State and I’m looking forward to the “senior status” this fall.
Last week, I celebrated my first week at Iowa Corn as the communications intern. I am excited about this internship opportunity and look forward to promoting the corn industry at events like the ISU Dairy Days, Corn Congress and the Iowa State Fair. And for those of you still wondering what I want to be when I grow up, I’m still not sure but I know this internship will help me figure that out!