Each week, we will 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 Randee Zerger, a senior from Snohomish and Leavenworth, Wash.
What are you studying?
My major is Agriculture and Food Security (AFS), with minors in Crop Science and Horticulture.
What is a fun fact about you?
Although I am an ag major, I was not raised on a farm. I got involved via FFA in high school.
WSU was an obvious choice for me. My passion is agriculture and WSU has a state-of-the-art agriculture program. I visited WSU as a freshman in high school for FFA and I fell in love with WSU and its atmosphere. WSU is a home away from home, and I am so lucky to be involved in an internationally-renowned university!
What is special about being a CAHNRS Coug?
CAHNRS has given me so many valuable opportunities and experiences that I would not have been able to gain anywhere else. CAHNRS is a home to me and has a place for everyone! Being a scared freshman, I was worried I wouldn’t find a niche that fit me, but CAHNRS has given me endless opportunities to grow and find what I want from life. CAHNRS is family!
Where do you want to be (professionally or personally) 10 years after you graduate?
I hope to be well-traveled, happy, and motivated 10 years from now. Although I do not know exactly what I want to do after I graduate, I hope to find something that makes me happy and allows me to express my passion for agriculture.
Favorite class you have taken within CAHNRS so far? Why?
Even though it wasn’t necessarily a class in my major, Animal Science 172 has been my favorite! It’s an intro to dairy management, and it was a once-a-week course where we went out to the WSU Dairy Center and learned about and handled dairy cows! We got to halter break a calf, which was awesome. For a major class I would say Crop Science 305 – Ecology of Weeds. It is an intensive course, but I have gotten so much out of it. It applies to my major and that information will stick with me.
What extracurricular activities have you been involved in within CAHNRS (excluding ambassadors)?
I’ve been involved in Agriculture Future of America (AFA), which is a national organization of young agriculturalists and industry professionals that solve problems in the industry and learn to make a difference in agriculture. I have also been involved with the Agricultural Education club, helping with the Wash. FFA state convention, and Wildlife Society.
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