I am an Eldon, Missouri, native, best known for being “too busy” and for the circumstances of my birth – I am the only girl in a set of triplets! Born and raised on a family farm, agriculture has always been a large part of my life and growing up, that was not something that I always appreciated as I do now. Since the age of 5, I’ve been chasing big city dreams that led me to pursue a degree in science and agricultural journalism, and hopefully minors in rural sociology, agricultural economics, leadership and public service. I am interested in international food insecurity, policy, nutrition and a whole slew of other topics.
After spending the summer interning in Africa, my passion has shifted solely from agriculture to hunger alleviation through agriculture; for now, I’m just a freshman with a lot of dreams, ambition, and a university that will help me get there. When I’m not in class, attending Kappa Alpha Theta events or working with Tiger Pantry, you will find me planning the World Food Prize Missouri Youth Institute, blogging, serving on the Deaton Institute Student Advisory Board, spending time with my cats or preparing to compete for Miss Missouri. My childhood dream was to be a journalist and a legislator and it looks like I could be headed in that direction! This semester I am working for the Missouri House of Representatives, No Kid Hungry Missouri, EMAC and National Science Foundation through the MU Drought Team. I don’t know where I’m going as I complete my undergraduate degree, but I’m going! I’m ready to see where God leads me.
I am excited to share my passions and interests, and I’ll hopefully get you to think this semester! One of my favorite journalistic quotes is “either write something worth reading or do something worth writing” and folks, I hope I can do one of the two during my time as a writer for CAFNR Corner Post.