I graduated from WVU with my B.S. in Agriculture in 2006. I went to work for WVU at the Wardensville Farm as the Assistant Director of the WV Small Ruminant Project. My real life encounters caused me to pursue and really value my graduate education. I started while working full time at WVU (40+ hrs a week) and taking 6 credit hours each semester. I finally got to the point where I could no longer take courses via distance education, and I had to finally admit that if I wanted to finish this degree, I had to give up the financial security that my full time position offered me (as well as the great health benefits I desperately needed). It was a difficult battle personally to think about all I was giving up to finish my Masters’ degree but I think overall I have made the best choice.
After moving back into my parents house the first day of school made me feel very old after having been ‘out of the loop’ for only 3 short years. It’s not that 27 is old, I just feel that I’m not old enough to be labeled as a ‘non-traditional’ student, and not truly young enough to be a traditional one. I have just rolled with the punches as I love Morgantown and the Mountaineers. We are all family and as they say, “once a mountaineer always a mountaineer.”
I love agriculture and hope to one day make an impact in the world of our small farms. I believe in making as much difference as possible in your life. I think that is why I followed my love of animals into this particular field; it is also why my home has always been a constant ‘mish-mosh’ of animals. I’ve always got room and love for one more.