To freshman science and agricultural journalism student, Jacob Coon, attending the University of Missouri was never a question. Being a tiger was something instilled in him at a very young age, as both of his parents are MU alumni.
“It’s the only place I applied and it’s always been my dream to go here,” Coon said.
Regardless, the transition into life on campus has been “interesting” to say the least for Coon who has spent the last 18 years of his life on a large Angus cattle farm near Bethel, Mo.: population 121.
Growing up a fifth-generation farmer in northeast Missouri, agriculture came as naturally as breathing to this outgoing, ambitious undergrad. So where exactly does the journalism aspect come into play? Coon’s aunt is the editor of Angus Journal, which allows him to see firsthand where the degree area could take him.
“I really don’t know what I want to do with my life,” Coon explained.
He dreams to use his science and agricultural journalism and psychology double major to one day have his own magazine, operating from his farm to continue his family tradition of raising registered Angus cattle.
Coon hopes to be involved in Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Horticulture Club, Veritas and possibly Independent Aggies here on campus, although he is no stranger to extracurricular activities. Back at home he was involved in Future Farmers of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, Missouri Cattleman’s Association, Missouri Junior Angus Association, National Junior Angus Association, and also served as Area III FFA Secretary.
In these next four years Coon hopes to gain as much knowledge and experience as possible in order to support his future career.
“I think I’m pretty well rounded but I’ve always got more to learn,” Coon said, “I try to be professional. I hope I am most of the time.”