Great Experience; Monica Haugen named Agri-Techsan of the Month
By: Hannah Harken
Name: Monica Haugen; Major: Agricultural Communications; Minor: International Agribusiness; Classification: Sophomore; Organization: Agri-Techsans; Hometown: Pullman, Washington; Month: November
Monica Haugen, a sophomore agricultural communications major, has been named Texas Tech's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources November Agri-Techsan of the Month.
"I'm honored to have been selected," Haugen said. "Being an AT has been such a great experience, and it is encouraging to know my efforts have been recognized."
The top-notch agricultural communications department is initially what made Haugen, a Washington state native, decide to attend Texas Tech. After meeting with faculty and being awarded a scholarship to waive her out of state tuition, her plan was in action.
"I felt God leading me to Texas Tech, and I am so glad I took that leap of faith," she said.
Being a member of CASNR has provided Haugen with a home away from home. She said that the endless opportunities for students to get involved, connected, and grow allow for students to have a family atmosphere, even if they are 1,500 miles from home.
Haugen said that being able to share her college decision story as an Agri-Techsan with prospective student has been enriching. She especially enjoys speaking with out-of-state students because she believes she can encourage them to step out of their comfort zone just as she did.
After graduation, Haugen would like to serve as an AgriCorps fellow. As a fellow, she would spend 10-11 months in Ghana or Liberia working as an agricultural education teacher, a 4-H leader, and an extension agent. After AgriCorps, her goal is to help improve food security in developing countries.
Brandyl Calley, CASNR's College Recruiter, said the student organizations does yeoman's work in promoting the college. The Agri-Techsans are the official student recruiters for CASNR. The undergraduates can come from every department, and bring with them different backgrounds from rural areas to large metropolitan areas. Agri-Techsans give tours of the college's facilities, including the horticultural gardens and the meat laboratory on campus, as well as the research farm at New Deal, and the Texas Tech Equestrian Center in southwest Lubbock.
CONTACT: Brandyl Calley, College Recruiter, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2808 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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