Each week, we showcase one of our CAHNRS Ambassadors, a student leadership organization that encourages students to pursue higher education and serves as a liaison between the college and the greater community. This week, we’re featuring Megan Whited, a junior from Buckley, Wash.
What are you studying?
I’m majoring in Agricultural Education.
Why did you choose WSU?
After participating in FFA State Conventions at WSU throughout high school, and then taking a year off after high school to serve as a Washington FFA State Officer, I found myself already connected to the Cougar Community and CAHNRS Family, so the transition felt very comfortable. I really appreciate that it is a land-grant institution and that they had a great Agricultural Education Program!
What is special about being a CAHNRS Coug?
CAHNRS consistently offers opportunities that push you out of your comfort zone and into your growth zone so that you can discover your talents, thrive in your education, enhance your experiences, and connect with your community and world.
What is your favorite CAHNRS class so far and why?
Soil Science 201 because it was really interesting to learn about soil and how it is literally the foundation of all things on earth: building, growing, filtering, collecting, decomposing, etc.! Soil is more interesting than you think, and this class helped me discover more about it!
Who are influential professors that you’ve had, and how did they impact your life?
Andrew McCubbin from Biology 120, Plant Botany was really fun and engaging because of his accent and cool plant music videos that illustrates the topics he is teaching us!
Kevin Murphy from AFS 201 was really interesting to learn from because of his extensive work with quinoa and explicit passion for international agriculture.
What extracurricular activities are you involved in besides ambassadors?
Agriculture Future of America, National Association for Agricultural Educators, President of WSU Young Farmers & Ranchers, Agricultural Education Club, Student Experience Advisory Council, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Hunting, and working at CAHNRS Academic Programs.
What is a fun fact about you?
I used to have the goal of working at the Library of Congress and being the person to take care of preserving the Declaration of Independence and Constitution…just in case there was a hidden treasure map you know!
What advice would you give an incoming freshman/high school senior to help them adjust to college?
Take a deep breath! Write down encouraging words/sayings on a paper and hang it where you will see it every day to motivate you to keep going. Also, pick something you have been meaning to do and do it! Put it in your calendar!
Favorite item/flavor at Ferdinand’s?
Huckleberry Ripple is the best flavor on this planet! And the cheese curds are divine!