CAHNRS Talk Tuesday: Alyssa McGee

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 Alyssa McGee, a junior from Sumner, Wash.

What are you studying?

I’m majoring in Animal Sciences, in the animal management specialization.

Favorite Show/Movie:

The Blind Side

Favorite Cougar Tradition:

I have always been passionate about recognizing excellence within those who have committed to something they’re excited about, and have in turn found success. Every year, CAHNRS Honors is a spectacular event that gives students the opportunity to be recognized for their outstanding efforts in making Washington State University the reputable institution that it is today. Last year, I had the opportunity to attend and witness the accomplishments of those around me. I was truly inspired.

Favorite CAHNRS Commodity:

Nothing beats Ferdinand’s. Nothing beats Chocolate Cookie Dough ice cream.

Why be a CAHNRS Coug?

Throughout middle and high school, I was heavily involved in my FFA chapter. One of my Supervised Agricultural Experiences was conducting agriscience research. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel to WSU to meet with and learn from world-renowned researchers in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Not only were they my mentors then, but now that I’m here at WSU, I am currently employed by the USDA/WSU and work for one of them. It’s incredible to see things come full circle, and I feel this is something you can expect to find when you come home to CAHNRS.

Best Student Experience:

Although I’m a junior, this is only my third semester here in Pullman. As a running start student, I found myself mostly going through the motions and getting lost in subjects that didn’t pique my interest whatsoever. My first semester at WSU was a rude awakening in the most pleasant way. I’ve never had professors who were truly passionate about what they were teaching like they are here. Dr. Maquivar has had a large impact on my commitment to the animal science program here at WSU. His enthusiasm for his profession and burning passion for seeing his students succeed is contagious. Even if you aren’t an animal science major, taking his 101 class is an experience I would recommend to anyone!

CAHNRS Taught Me:

Last fall, I would say that my college experience was pretty lame. My daily schedule consisted of waking up, going to class, going back to my dorm, studying, and going to sleep (plus getting my fair share of gourmet food from the dining hall). And while I wouldn’t say that I am necessarily the most social person now, being a student in CAHNRS has opened my eyes to several different opportunities to get involved, including my current job that is exclusively for CAHNRS/Animal Science majors. I am also now more aware of the importance of stepping out of my comfort zone, dwelling in my growth zone, and ultimately, growing as a person.