Montana State University

What does being an agriculture student mean to you?

August 1, 2012

Kyle Senner.Photo by Meggan Carrigg Davidson.   High-Res Available

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Cassandra Lannen
Cassandra is a senior in animal science from Glasgow and is a member of Alpha Zeta and Circle K.

I chose to attend MSU's College of Agriculture because it is one of the best schools in Montana. I also had a tuition waiver for any in-state college. MSU's pre-vet program is a great preparation for vet school.

I received the Harry Cockrum Memorial Scholarship, the Frank R. Beckley Scholarship, the Thomas D. Campbell Memorial Scholarship, and the Christy Foundation Grant. These scholarships have eased my stress about my financial situation and allowed me to focus more on my studies. Focusing more has allowed me to receive the grades I have and prepare me for my future, hopefully as a rural Montana veterinarian.

To me, being an MSU Ag student means being treated by the staff as an individual and not just a number. It also means having the preparation to be able to return to a rural area in Montana and be an important member of the agricultural community.

My most cherished memory while attending MSU is any home football game and all the memories with my friends throughout the years. My favorite MSU tradition? Cat/Griz Games!

The advice I'd give a first-year College of Ag student is, "Don't sweat the small stuff." The professors really aren't scary and most do want to help. Go to their office hours and get help if you need it and establish a good student-professor relationship. It will become very helpful in the future.
I'm looking forward to graduation and hopefully attending veterinary school next fall. I plan to continue on with my education at veterinary school.
My generation cares about agriculture because we are the ones that have to deal with the growing population of the people in the world. We need agriculture and the knowledge to be able to grow food or raise food producing animals to feed the world.

Kyle Senner
Kyle is a senior in agricultural education from Richey, and is a member of Ag Ambassadors and Collegiate FFA.

I chose to attend MSU's College of Agriculture because I wanted to go to a school with a strong agriculture program, yet still in state. The cost was also very reasonable.

I received the George S. Severson Scholarship as well as the Sobotka Memorial Scholarship. I am so grateful to receive these scholarships. Without their help I would not have been able to attend, let alone finish college. I owe these people a great deal.

Being an Ag student is very important to me. It is a rare thing these days for someone to stay in production agriculture, and the MSU College of Agriculture really does encourage this.

My most cherished memory while attending MSU is being in the Latex & Lace Fashion Show, an event that takes place during Sexual Health Awareness Month. About 1,000 people turned out to attend this incredibly fun event sponsored by a variety of health organizations to advocate for sexual health awareness.
My favorite MSU tradition? The Brawl of the Wild!

The advice I'd give a first-year College of Ag student is, "Go to as many events as you can, meet as many people as you can, and go to class!"

I'm looking forward to putting my major into practice. I cannot wait to actually teach in a school setting and utilize the things that I have learned. I plan on teaching agricultural education in a small rural school somewhere in eastern Montana.

My generation cares about agriculture because it is a way of life for millions of people. The backbone of this nation is still agriculture, just as it was 100 years ago. If we do not carry on that lifestyle people will begin to realize how important agriculture really is.