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What does being an agriculture student mean to you?

Author: Alpha Zeta/Monday, August 13, 2012/Categories: Chapter News

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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.


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