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 Jordan Hummel, a sophomore from Yelm, Wash.
What are you studying?
I’m majoring in Agricultural Education.
Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Favorite Cougar Tradition:
My favorite Cougar tradition is our school spirit! One of my favorite parts about being back home or travelling is wearing Coug gear, and having people say “GO COUGS!” Whether it’s across the state or across the country, there is always at least one fellow Coug ready to show-off our Wazzu spirit. It’s amazing to see not only how wide the WSU community is, but also how much school spirit we have, both as alumni and current students. And WSU spirit at Cougar sporting events? Don’t even get me started!
Favorite CAHNRS Commodity:
My favorite CAHNRS commodity is definitely Ferdinand’s ice cream! While there are countless dairy choices to choose from, ice cream is by far the best product that has ever come across the WSU campus. My favorite flavor would have to be Cookie Dough, but I can’t go wrong with any of their flavors! Whenever friends or family come into town, even on the coldest day in the dead of winter, it’s always a staple to go grab some ice cream.
Why be a CAHNRS Coug?
I originally chose CAHNRS after I heard about the outstanding Agricultural Education major. As I progressed through my freshman year, however, I continued to choose CAHNRS because of all the amazing people I shared classes with. I found people who shared my interests in both agriculture and educating people about the industry, people who had similar upbringings on a ranch, and most importantly, people who I could call my family. As a freshman recently released on the WSU campus, it is easy to get lost in the crowd. CAHNRS provided me with people that I not only found common interests with, but people who genuinely care about me and my passions. The people I’ve met and the friends I’ve made have all made WSU feel less like a community and more like a home.
Best Student Experience:
My favorite student experience was taking Animal Science 101. Martin Maquivar was a phenomenal professor who made learning interactive and fun, even if some of the content was information I already knew. Being able to take a class where I can tie in my background of raising beef cattle was such a fun experience and being able to meet people who also grew up raising livestock helped me learn so much more about different species! Upon coming to college, I expected to enjoy my classes, but this course greatly surpassed all my expectations.
CAHNRS Taught Me:
Through my classes and Agriculture Education Club, I have had the opportunities to meet future and current Agricultural teachers, as well as people involved with the agricultural industry, who I can share experiences with and ask questions. They have been incredible sources of both personal and professional development. The thought of going out into the “real-world” to teach can be a very overwhelming reality. But the knowledge that I have a network of people who are willing to support me during those first few years has added a sense of relief. I know that I will have incredible people backing me up wherever I go all thanks to CAHNRS!