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Name: Dan Pazdernik,'07
Major: Water Resource Management and Agronomy
Hometown: Waubun, MN
Interview spring 2007 by Communications Student Intern Maretta Peterson, '07, communication major
What are you driven to discover in your major?
What qualifies as "reasonable" conservation practices in agriculture while balancing common sense, economics, law, and ecological importance?
What have you learned that surprised you most so far?
The growing importance of water management.
What drives you to study this field?
My strong interest in the outdoors.
What career goals do you have?
Eventually, I want to become a district conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service and from there move into an even higher management position. I want to work in Minnesota and live in the country on a hobby farm.
Tell me why you chose the U of M, Crookston:
I chose UMC because of the small-campus theme; it offered many programs that I was interested in and it is also close to my home. The computer system UMC has also helped me choose.
Describe what you like best about the U of M, Crookston:
Very "hands on" with the education.
Describe your interaction with the faculty and staff on campus:
Good relationships with the instructors; they know my name and will have a conversation with me. They will go the extra mile to help a person make the most of their education.
Describe what you like best about your classes:
Small class sizes and hands-on learning opportunities.
Describe what has been the most challenging for you as you pursue your educational career:
Choosing what exactly I wanted to do after I graduate from UMC with a double major.
Why would you recommend that others attend the U of M, Crookston?
It's a great institution that offers a wide variety of degrees, an atmosphere that is welcoming, a chance to make good friends and a campus that offers a lot to do.