Dorothy Floren 2017-08-30 01:15:25
North Dakota State University Ag Systems Management, B.S., 2017 Hometown: Royal City, Washington Enjoys: Camping, hiking, baking, sewing ... and cattle! Whenever I tell someone that I grew up in Washington State, their first question is always something along the lines of “Why the heck would you move to North Dakota?!” I can’t really explain it, but I can say that, looking back, coming to NDSU and majoring in ASM was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. ASM offered flexibility in courses while requiring classes like hydraulics and engines, areas where my knowledge was lacking. After growing up on a dairy replacement heifer feedlot, I wanted to take classes in crop and weed sciences and agbusiness. However, my sophomore year I took a job at the Beef Production Unit, and I discovered my passion for raising beef cattle. ASM allowed me to choose electives that paralleled with my newfound enthusiasm. Internships have allowed me to get to know the area and make connections. I interned with Winfield Solutions as a research technician on their AnswerPlots, traveling around North Dakota and Minnesota. I also had an agronomy internship with Farmer’s Union Oil, scouting fields. Helping with the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association’s Annual Convention and co-managing the department’s Agricultural Technological Exposition—a student-run course held annually that showcases new technology and theories in the farming/ranching industries—also taught me a ton about where I want to go with my career. College has been flying by, and while I’m not sure where I’ll end up after graduation, I know that I want to be in western North Dakota or Montana and work toward eventually owning my own ranch. I know that whatever job I end up taking, and whenever I start raising cattle, my courses and experience at NDSU and in ASM will have prepared me.
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