Anna Wagner '11 - Student Profile

Learning Here and Abroad

Written by Anna Wagner, Communications Assistant in University Relations for the Torch, Spring 2011

Anna Wagner on Preikestolen, or Pulpit Rock, in Norway during her study abroad experience.

Since starting as an animal science major her freshman year, Anna Wagner’s three years on campus have certainly been interesting. The senior from Brandon, Minn., expects to graduate in spring 2011, a year earlier than her peers, as the result of taking classes as a post-secondary enrollment option (PSEO) student her senior year of high school. During her time at the U of M, Crookston, she has been involved in the Crookston Student Association (CSA), Dairy Club, and several other activities on campus.

Wagner’s involvement in CSA has included being a CSA club representative during 2008 and serving as the senator of community service for 2009-10. She is currently the vice president for the 2010- 11 academic year. “CSA makes me feel more connected to the campus and I am able to learn about what goes on beyond the classroom,” Wagner says. “I enjoy taking on leadership roles and CSA was a great fit.”

This year, Wagner began working in University Relations which ties nicely into her communication major and marketing minor. “I’ve always enjoyed writing so I changed my major from animal science and agricultural business to communication last year and was the student worker for The Eagle’s Eye newsletter. This summer I was the marketing communication intern for Agriculture Future of America in Kansas City, Mo. The concentration area in my communication major allows for me to easily fit in my minor and still take the agriculture classes I want, such as animal breeding,” Wagner explains.

Austin Czichotzki and Anna Wagner chip away at the glacier they hiked in Iceland as part of their study abroad trip. The glacier was covered in ash from the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, which was nearby.

Growing up on a dairy farm, Wagner knew she wanted to pursue a career in agriculture. “Animals have always been a passion of mine. I love the dairy industry and also maintained a show herd of Jersey Wooly rabbits for about eight years. I bred my own stock, attended several national shows, and intend to become a licensed judge,” Wagner states. By majoring in communication, she will be able to work with agricultural marketing agencies or use her communication skills in other agriculture fields.

Wagner’s interests don’t stop at student government, communication, and agriculture; she also had a desire to learn about other cultures and study abroad. The perfect opportunity presented itself when she learned of a global seminar in Norway during the May term, which meant less interference with school and her internship. Wagner seized the opportunity and spent three weeks in Europe with 15 other U of M, Crookston students along with Sue Brorson, professor and head of the Business Department.

“Traveling abroad taught me to take different perspectives, and I learned about aspects of other countries that I may never have thought of otherwise. It was a great experience and one I’ll never forget,” Wagner recalls. The global seminar took the group to Iceland for three days and a volcano induced detour brought them to Copenhagen, Denmark, for a day before arriving in Norway for two weeks. Wagner and three other students then took a side trip to Rome, Italy, for three days.

“Traveling abroad taught me to take different perspectives,
and I learned about aspects of other countries that I
may never have thought of otherwise,” Anna Wagner.

Attending the U of M, Crookston allowed Wagner to investigate her interests while reaping the benefits of the smaller campus as well. “The Crookston campus was a great match for me to gain what I wanted from my college experience,” Wagner says.

Students Austin Czhichotzki, Qian Liu, Jackie Dullinger, and Anna Wagner with a few Norwegian girls wearing bunads, or the traditional dress of Norway, on Synettede Mai, the Norwegian independence day celebration, in Oslo.