Meet Maggie Hardwick
When Maggie Hardwick isn’t cracking up over corny jokes or cooing at pictures of owls, she is filling her days with academic and extracurricular adventures. Hardwick is a junior science and agricultural journalism major with minors in agricultural economics and leadership in agriculture. She is excited to work as managing editor for CAFNR Corner Post, since this is where she got her start.
Before Hardwick came to the University of Missouri, she had little journalism experience. Her senior year at Salisbury High School she attended The Washington Journalism & Media Conference, which sparked an interest for journalism. When she discovered she could combine this newly found interest with her long-term passion for agriculture, she was sold. Her first year writing for CAFNR Corner Post set the foundation for other things she would go on to achieve within the agricultural communications realm, including writing for Van Leuven Communications and working in Beef Marketing for Cargill, Inc.
Hardwick has always loved agriculture because of her father, but her mother always encouraged her appetite for travel. Together they have travelled to Australia, Ghana, Egypt, Canada and the Caribbean. Hardwick then decided to dive headfirst into international reporting by taking a study abroad trip to Costa Rica with the science and agriculture journalism program. This upcoming summer, Hardwick will be travelling to the Czech Republic for a study abroad trip focusing on agricultural economics.
When she isn’t busy globetrotting, Hardwick stays very being an active member and officer of Sigma Alpha professional agriculture sorority, CAFNR Student Council and Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow. The honors she holds closest to her heart are being chosen as a Jerry Litton Leadership Scholar and Griffiths Leadership Society for Women Scholar.
No matter what occupies her time or what countries she travels to, Hardwick still always makes time to see family and friends, attend concerts of her favorite bands and drink an excessive amount of root beer floats.
Meet Ashley Craft
Since switching my major from journalism to science and agricultural journalism, I have learned about all the valuable opportunities the college of agriculture, food and natural resources has to offer. Other than holding the position as editor, I’ve also been able to be a part of AFA Leaders conference, CAFNR Student Council, Agriculture Communicators of Tomorrow and CAFNR’s New Zealand study abroad program.
When I’m not in class or at club meetings, I can be found at the MU Extension office working as a communications intern or hanging out with my friends. My current internship with the extension office and my summer 2014 internship in Costa Rica are two other ideal positions that CAFNR connections have been able to provide me with; and I’m extremely thankful for both.
Upon graduation, I plan to work in marketing or promotions for an environmental or animal pharmaceutical company. Being editor of CAFNR Corner Post has allowed me to strengthen my AP Style and editorial skills for my future career goal. I’m excited to see and edit the pieces this semester’s Corner Post staff will write.