By Sarah Appel, CAHNRS Academic Programs
EVERETT, Wash. – Having traded in the hills of the Palouse and the large Washington State University Pullman campus for the incredible cultural amenities of the Puget Sound and small urban campus of WSU Everett, Brenda Madrid is chasing her dreams. One dream: pursuing a major in Organic and Sustainable Agriculture while staying close to her roots on the west side of Washington state.
Madrid had no idea she was going to study agriculture when she first came to WSU Pullman her freshman year. It wasn’t until she found the Organic and Sustainable Agriculture program at WSU Everett that she was inspired to pursue such a degree.
“I wanted to make sure that when I work with our natural resources I am making health and environmental conscious decisions,” Madrid said.
Her interest in Organic and Sustainable Agriculture has only grown since venturing to WSU Everett.
While Madrid enjoyed her time on the Pullman campus, her heart pulled her back to Everett where she combines her love of sustainable agriculture and her love of home. At school, Madrid enjoys the Everett campus more than she had expected. The smaller classes, attentive professors, and four-acre organic farm are continually inspiring her to keep working hard for her education to best serve the people in her community.
“I want to start my career on the west side. It was important for me to stay close and look for ways in which I can pursue a career in this area,’’ Madrid said. “I want my work to have a positive impact on the community.”
For other students interested in Organic and Sustainable Agriculture, Madrid firmly believes they should just go for it. And WSU is just the place to do that.
“I don’t believe that there is any other institution that will provide the student with such a high-quality education,” Madrid said of her school and home.