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 Macy Hagler, a junior from Kuna, Idaho.
What are you studying?
Why did you choose WSU?
As an out-of-state student, WSU provided me with many scholarships and ways to connect with new people. I’m close to Idaho, but I still get to experience the diverse WSU culture. Besides that, you can’t beat the Coug community. The best fans in the world!
What is special about being a CAHNRS Coug?
I love being a CAHNRS Coug because I’m a part of something bigger than myself. I have opportunities and a community to inspire me. I would never have become the person I am without my CAHNRS Family.
What is your favorite CAHNRS class so far and why?
The agroecology course taught by Kevin Murphy in Ecuador broadened my perspective and was a pivotal moment in my education. After studying the systems of agriculture in a totally new place, I switched my major to Agriculture and Food Security.
Who are influential professors that you’ve had, and how did they impact your life?
Arron Carter gave me an opportunity to gain hands-on lab experience as a freshman. I grew so much in this role and developed an appreciation for the winter wheat grown on the Palouse.
Kevin Murphy organized the most incredible study abroad experience that covered so many subjects from Organic Agriculture to irrigation technologies to biodiversity. This experience opened my eyes to another world and I’m so grateful for the work that was put into it.
What extracurricular activities are you involved in besides ambassadors?
CAHNRS Student Senate, Agriculture Future of America, Ag. Professional Development Club, WSU Alpine Ski Team, International Development Club
What is a fun fact about you?
I like to team rope.
What advice would you give an incoming freshman/high school senior to help them adjust to college?
Always ask for what you want. Tell everyone you meet what you are passionate about and what you want to accomplish, you never know who might be willing to help you reach your goals. The worst thing that can happen is they say no.
Favorite item/flavor at Ferdinand’s?
Sweet Basil Cheese and Mint Chip Ice Cream.