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 Alexa Hintze, a junior from White Salmon, Wash.
What are you studying?
I’m majoring in Fruit and Vegetable Management & Landscape, Nursery and Greenhouse Management.
Favorite Cougar Tradition:
My favorite tradition as a Cougar is definitely Cougar Football Saturdays. Football season is the best time of year! I love seeing how excited students, family, and alumni get about being together to enjoy some good football. Some of my best memories in college involve spending time with friends at home games in Martin Stadium.
Favorite CAHNRS Commodity:
I’m a big fan of sweet treats and Ferdinand’s Huckleberry Ripple and Mint Chip ice cream are my go-to’s. Ever since coming to WSU, I have loved finding my way over to Ferdinand’s, even on the coldest days in winter to grab some ice cream with my friends.
Why be a CAHNRS Coug?
I chose CAHNRS because I felt the college would provide the most opportunity for me to grow and succeed as a person who is passionate about agriculture. At first, the only reason I came here was because they had the majors I was seeking. That quickly changed, however, as I started making more and more friends within CAHNRS. The students in our college are really close and I really like having that family-type feeling. Between the classes that I am passionate about taking and the friendships I have made, nothing beats being a CAHNRS Coug!
Best Student Experience:
One of my best student experiences has been my part-time employment. Through the help of CAHNRS faculty and staff, I was able to get a job at the seed storage facility on campus. I really enjoy filing seed orders for researchers across the globe and learning about the maintenance behind preserving the seeds of grasses, beans, peas, horticultural crops, and more. I feel this employment provides a stepping stone to potential internships as well as job opportunities after graduation.
CAHNRS Taught Me:
CAHNRS has taught me how important connection is. Without the support of faculty and staff and the relationships I have built amongst them, I don’t know how involved I would be in terms of networking with industry partners and potential employers. The connections I have made since the beginning of my college experience have all been extremely beneficial. They have guided me in the direction of becoming a successful and well-prepared individual that will work hard and do great things for the agricultural industry.