Agriculture began to influence me long before my first steps were taken or my first words were spoken. I come from a small, farming community in rural Missouri, and I can’t imagine loving any place more. Growing up on my family’s show pig operation has given me numerous opportunities and led me to the Science and Agricultural Journalism Program. With this major, I cannot only continue writing, but also pursue an emphasis in Animal Science, combining my two loves of livestock and writing.
Traveling with my family, showing and selling show pigs to kids in 4-H and FFA throughout the United States, allowed me to cultivate many lasting friendships and many unique experiences. Consequently, it also labeled me the family history buff as I dragged them off to tour the nearest battlefield or museum. Additionally, all the long hours spent traveling in the truck sparked my endless love for reading. Working with my show pig projects is my favorite hobby, and during the summer, that is where I can usually be found — grooming, walking and washing my show pigs. It is also where my four siblings and I have the best water fights and the craziest ideas.
In submitting my application to become a Missouri Tiger, I fulfilled a childhood dream. I have been in love with this campus since my parents brought me to root on the Tigers with pompons in my ponytails. One of my best memories is watching the last men’s basketball game in the Hearnes Center with my dad. As a child and grandchild of MU alumni, becoming a Tiger was the obvious and wisest choice I could have made.
Never writing for a news publication before, I am excited to be a part of the CAFNR Corner Post team. With new experiences, come new possibilities and I am anxious to push my abilities as a writer to new arenas.