My goal was to go to Auburn, get a degree in poultry science, and become a plant manager in food manufacturing. My family was supportive, but they let me know I needed to pay for my degree myself. After a lot of work researching and writing essays for applications, I received enough scholarships to make funding my education possible.
Those scholarships, which were made possible by many donors, ended up changing the direction of my career goal. I didn’t have the burden of working extra jobs on top of my coursework, which enabled me to get involved with college activities, such as the Agriculture Council. The more involved I became, the more my worldview changed. I saw problems on a global scale that I can help address, such as how to feed the world’s growing population. Now, my career goal is to go into international development for food production, where I can help influence policy decisions for a better world.