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 Andrew Gutierrez, a junior from Nampa, Idaho.
What are you studying?
I’m majoring in Agricultural and Food Business Economics.
Favorite Cougar Tradition:
Hanging out with friends and family at tailgates before a Cougar home football game has to be my favorite Cougar tradition. Nothing beats waking up to the sound of the WSU Fight Song and knowing that it’s going to be a day of BBQ, good friends, and football. Football is that one thing that can bring all sorts of people together for one single cause: to win!
Favorite CAHNRS Commodity:
Since the day I was born, I have been eating Cougar Gold Cheese. It has always been a family tradition for us to open a can for any and all family gatherings. It’s almost become an expectation to give cans of Cougar Gold for Christmas presents as well. While all the varieties are great, my favorite has to be the Apple Smoked Cougar Gold.
Why be a CAHNRS Coug?
CAHNRS actively creates opportunities for students to learn about different topics and issues that they otherwise wouldn’t consider. Whether that be a class that’s not required, a conversation with an industry partner at a CAHNRS Networking Night, a debate with a classmate from a different major within CAHNRS, or an internship opportunity that came out of the blue, CAHNRS is constantly striving to give students exposure to as many opportunities as possible!
Best Student Experience:
Thanks to the CAHNRS Ignite Program, I was able to use my background in the Dairy Industry and interest in economics to work with Dr. Shannon Neibergs in the School of Economic Sciences on a Replacement Dairy Heifer research project. This not only united my interest in dairies and economics, but also provided me with an opportunity to grow as an individual, as a student, and as a professional.
CAHNRS Taught Me:
CAHNRS teaches you to look at the bigger picture and to try to understand all the different sides to a trending issue. As a school that has a diverse structure of majors and interests, there are always many sides to one topic. CAHNRS encourages students to take a step back and realize those different perspectives and try to learn from them.