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Name: Austin Aasness,'08
Major: Animal Industries Management
Minor: Agricultural Business
Interview spring 2007 by Communications Student Intern Maretta Peterson, '07, communication major
What are you driven to discover in your major?
The thing that I'm driven by is discovering how to produce more food for a population of people that's growing everyday even as the number of farmers is decreasing. Also, to learn more and to improve agriculture for generations to come, but without hurting it in the process
What have you learned that surprised you most so far?
That the things you learn in the classroom can only be further understood once they are applied. I have done this on my own operation and it has worked.
What drives you to study this field?
I'm driven because it's a field that's very special and only a limited number of people choose to be involved in this type of industry. The thing I'm driven by is that this industry produces a wide-range of food products for the world that are needed in order to continue everyday life.
What career goals do you have?
Graduate with my degrees and get a job in the agriculture industry, particularly livestock nutrition, breeding or animal production. I also plan on farming as a side-line job (both crops and cattle). Continue to build my herd of commercial beef cattle.
Tell me why you chose the U of M, Crookston:
I chose UMC because of the campus size, the small-hometown feeling, the low teacher-student ratio and its excellent agriculture program.
Describe what you like best about the U of M, Crookston:
Small class sizes and knowing everyone by their first name (students and instructors). Basically, I like being a name and not a number, as it's with most colleges.
Describe your interaction with the faculty and staff on campus:
I basically know every instructor I've ever had by first name and still say hi to them on a regular basis. For instance in the agriculture department, which I'm most affiliated with, I consider most of the instructors good friends rather then someone who teaches and only knows you as a number. I can come to them when I have problems and they help me solve them.
Describe what you like best about your classes:
The thing I really like is that I'm interested in what I'm learning and I'm eager to take those things we talk about in the classroom and apply them. The classes are well taught and I've learned a lot.
Describe what has been the most challenging for you as you pursue your educational career:
Trying to manage school, work and social life all at once. Although I'm a junior, I've been able to do these things and have managed them pretty well.
Why would you recommend that others attend the U of M, Crookston?
Small-town atmosphere, small teacher-to-student ratio, small campus, beautiful campus. Basically, UMC is a campus that cares about the student and not just a place to come and learn. UMC helps students (both young & old) get ready for the real world, both in and out of the classroom. I truly believe UMC is a great college to attend.