Agricultural Council: NRM’s Annie Braack named ‘Matador of the Month’
By: Hannah Van Der Schans
Name: Annie Braack; Major: Natural Resources Management – Range Conservation; Classification: Freshman; Organization: TTU Wildlife Society; Hometown: Pilot Point, Texas; Month: February 2020
Annie Braack, a freshman natural resources management major from Pilot Point, Texas, was named Texas Tech's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources' February Matador of the Month.
"It has been a tremendous honor to be selected as Matador of the Month, and I am beyond humbled for this recognition," Braack said. "Ever since looking into CASNR, I have always thought about this achievement as a unique showcase of individuals throughout our fantastic college of agriculture."
Braack said this opportunity gives her the chance to express the diverse interests and organizations offered through CASNR.
When choosing to join Texas Tech's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Braack said her brother was a huge driving factor. "He was completely correct in that this agricultural college provides a superior education, diverse opportunities correlated to your interests, and a chance to feel like far more than just a number," she said.
In addition to the smaller and more personal class size, Braack said CASNR has many great organizations to join, including the organization she is a part of, Texas Tech's student chapter of The Wildlife Society.
"When attending freshmen orientation and learning more about the NRM department, Dr. [Blake] Grisham highlighted TWS in his presentation," Braack said, "and from that moment on, I was dead set on joining."
When it came to choosing her major, Braack said she always wanted to do something involving outdoors and was hooked when she learned about the natural resources management department in high school.
"Being out here has already taught me a great deal about various ecological factors that I had never heard of before," she said, "but perhaps the most important thing I have figured out is — NRM is a perfect fit for who I am and who I want to become."
Finding the right degree plan, Braack said she plans to continue her educational path by earning a Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in natural resources management and a doctorate in botany. She then hopes to go into the research field.
"My goal is to go into research focused upon improving rangeland and pasture management techniques so that ranchers may continuously increase stocking rates and indirectly aid in ending world hunger," Braack said.
CONTACT: Claire Cleveland, Administrator for Scholarships, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2808 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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