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CAHNRS Talk Tuesday: Cailin O’Malley

Posted by Scott Weybright | March 12, 2019

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 Cailin O’Malley, a junior from Selah, Wash.Graphic of student's interests with a formal portrait photo.

What are you studying?

I’m majoring in Wildlife Ecology.

Favorite Show/Movie:

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Favorite Cougar Tradition:

I have always loved Cougar Football Games because the air is crisp, and the energy is high. I love getting to the games early to get the best seats in the house – the front of the student section, close enough to hear Mike Leach himself. The best thing about the football games is the people you see, cheer with, and embrace with every touch down. It’s an environment and feeling that cannot be experienced anywhere else!

Favorite CAHNRS Commodity:

I had the chance to work in the Vogel laboratories during my freshman and sophomore years. Occasionally, on the best days, there would be free produce left over from other research labs. My favorite was, and still is, the pears! There’s nothing like enjoying a fresh pear after a long day of class and work. I also consider myself a Cosmic Crisp fanatic. All the produce here really makes me happy.

Why be a CAHNRS Coug?

Upon arriving on campus, I immediately had research opportunities through IGNITE. I was partnered with a graduate student for this research, and still have a great relationship with her today. I learned the fundamentals of research and am grateful for all the opportunities the research has provided me. The research gave me the opportunity to not only learn about my project, but also learn incredible skills about researching itself in order to expand my professional skills.

Best Student Experience:

I had the incredible opportunity to study abroad in Costa Rica. During this trip, I learned incredible skills as well as made memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. This was a life-changing experience and I encourage every student to take the risk and embark on an incredible journey like this. While I love Pullman, I now have global experience, something that is integral for being a global citizen.

CAHNRS Taught Me:

I have learned incredible skills to communicate and collaborate with peers and professionals in both CAHNRS and other fields of study. Discussions and debates with agricultural professionals in regards to sustainability are the most fascinating conversations and really inspire me to work with others in agriculture in the future.