Expected Graduation: December 2013, Meat Science Business Option
Hometown: Sanger, Texas
Why did you decide to come to Texas Tech University?
"Going into high school, I was not sure what I wanted to do in college, but in high school, I got involved in agricultural classes and FFA. I began to explore a career in the area of agriculture. I had heard about Texas Tech's awesome programs, but once I visited, it made the choice so easy. The people were friendly and welcomed me with open arms. They cared about my interests. The next thing I knew, they were showing me around the meat lab. That is when meat science became my main interest. I couldn't think of a better place than to be than at Texas Tech."
Describe your educational experience in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences?
"The educational experience at Texas Tech cannot be compared to anywhere else – especially for those interested in the meat science field. I was fortunate enough to be selected to do an internship overseas in Australia the summer between my sophomore and junior years. This was an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will never forget. It allowed me to further my knowledge within the meat industry as well as create an international experience that allowed me to see the meat processing sector in another country. This internship, along with all of the meat science coursework, has made me very prepared for the real world and a career."
What is your advice to potential students interested in this field of study?
"Texas Tech is a great place to get a degree in animal science. It is important to get involved in the things that interest you while in college. If your interest is in meat science, join a club that supports the meat science program, and get involved. There are so many opportunities at Texas Tech for a student to be successful in the meat science field of study. There are internship opportunities available all over the country and other countries as well such as Australia, New Zealand and Africa. Professors and students are more than happy to answer any questions and will help you along the way."
What was your favorite part of Texas Tech?
"My favorite part about Texas Tech is the family atmosphere. Many times you go to visit a university or hear from other students about how they are just a number in the school's system. That is not the case at Texas Tech. All of the advisers and professors care about how you are doing in classes and what is going on in your life. They know you by name and will sit down and talk to you about anything you need help with. Students will go out of their way to help other students. This type of family feeling at Texas Tech University, especially in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences, makes it the great school it is today."
For more information about the Department of Animal and Food Sciences' undergraduate degree plans, please contact Kayla Rathmann at firstname.lastname@example.org.