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Student Roundtable, continued from page 24 Jones: My most memorable experience so far has been visiting Larson Acres and seeing how they do things on a large dairy. I liked the cross ventilation of their barn and the sand separator. Matthew Kramer: I have made many memories while attending UW-River Falls, but my favorites are spending time with Dairy Club and my brothers at Alpha Gamma Rho-Alpha Psi. I enjoyed the Falcon Premier that was held in February and going to the Royal Winter Fair as well. My most memorable experience has been the Falcon Premier that was held in late February 2016. It was a great experience as a freshman to see the inner workings of the Dairy Club event. I enjoyed spending time with my fellow Falcons doing chores, nightline, and even practiced my auctioneering skills and pedigree reading! Overall, it was a memorable experience and I look forward to the Falcon Premier in 2018. I have also enjoyed traveling to a variety of farms in the area to practice Dairy Judging and look forward to competing in the next two years. Rettenmund: The most memorable experience I have had at school was when I had Milo Wiltbank as my Animal Reproduction teacher. He always made the class entertaining and easy to stay engaged. Especially when he would excitedly yell “OVULATION”. Yoap: It’s hard to choose only one memorable experience because we have the opportunity to do many different things through the program. In October, we entered two teams into the dairy judging competitions at the World Dairy Expo. That was my first time attending Expo and it was an amazing experience. We also tour farms about twice a week to gain a better hands-on knowledge. Later on this year, we will also be competing at State PAS and hopefully National PAS in Missouri. Outside of school, us students are also very close and spend a lot of time together. We watch movies, go bowling, and myself and two other girls in the program even got matching cow tattoos. 4. What is your favorite part of campus? Ebert: It’s difficult to narrow down my favorite part of campus. Madison offers many great views, some of my favorites being Lake Mendota from Alpha Gamma Rho’s (AGR) dock in early fall or late spring, Bascom Hill, and the capitol. The agricultural community on campus is also extremely welcoming and offers a great social environment. Grulke: One of my favorite parts about the campus is all of the great organizations that one can join. These groups offer great opportunities to meet other students who have the same interest and goals as yourself. Some of these groups include Collegiate FFA, Diary Club, as well as fraternities/sororities such as Alpha Gamma Rho. These organizations are also a great way to give back to the communities, as most have several community service opportunities throughout the year. These groups also allow you to get a better experience of the campus and university. Jones: My favorite part of campus is the Student Center. It’s a fun, relaxed spot where everyone can play table tennis, pool, or just hang out. Matthew Kramer: My favorite part of campus is the Mann Valley Lab Farm. I enjoy going there for a few labs, clipping/washing animals for judging contests, walking through the calf barn and many other activities that Dairy Club coordinates. It is always nice to go the lab farm, as it gives a sense of home with all the animals, especially the cows and cats! Rettenmund: My favorite part of campus is the competitive levels at the Natatorium. I can always count on going to the courts and playing an intense game of basketball or volleyball after a long day in the class room. I also enjoy all the cool people you meet just because you have a common sports love. Yoap: My favorite part of campus is the Agriculture building. Our class spends most of our day in that building because we have our classroom and our lab there. The only classes outside of that building are our Ag Math and Communications which take place in the main Lakeshore building. I love the fact that we share the building with only three other programs. 5. What have you learned about your school that you weren’t expecting or didn’t know before? Ebert: Growing up my family did not discuss politics all too often but 26–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2016

after living in one of the more “politically active” (for lack of a better term) cities in the state and nation it definitely opened my eyes to a whole different world. Many would look at this as more of a downfall, however, I saw it as a great way to become more well-rounded, see the world from different views, and broaden my horizons. This theme applies very strongly to the political atmosphere but also more generally to meeting all sorts of people on campus from different backgrounds and a diversity of mindsets, all of which is beneficial to maturing and my future going forward.  Grulke: I have learned that most of the animal science and dairy science classes are held at the Pioneer Dairy Farm instead of just a having lectures, this is where students get a great way to get hands on experience that will help with future jobs and internships. Another thing that surprised me was how many courses that they offer that gears towards the business side of agriculture. Jones: I learned that Southwest Tech was ranked #1 in Wisconsin and 11th in the nation for two-year colleges. I also learned that the classes go very in depth about each topic that is taught and that the teachers don’t just teach out of the book but have hands on experience. Matthew Kramer: There is a large number of individuals that I have admired in the dairy industry that are alumni of UW-River Falls, and I find it very humbling to walk some of the same halls they also once walked. The list can literally go on and on of prestigious breeders within the Wisconsin and Minnesota Holstein Associations. In addition, it has been remarkable seeing a variety of connections back to my college which I never even knew existed. In addition, I have learned that there are so many opportunities that the school has to offer with studying abroad in countries such as Ireland, Brazil, India, Scotland, and China. Rettenmund: I learned that even though it is a super large campus with a lot of students it doesn’t feel that way. You meet so many people with the same career and life goals which makes it so easy to make life-long connections. Yoap: I have learned a lot that I didn’t know before! I knew basics of a lot regarding dairy; however, through this program I have learned so much more. I now understand the importance behind some of our practices at my home farm and I’ve already talked to my brothers on ways we can improve our farm. I take my schooling seriously and I enjoy learning because finally all of classes revolve around my future career. 6. Any advice for high school students considering their college options? Ebert: My best advice to high school students considering their college options would be to be true to yourself but also be open and willing to put yourself out there and get outside of your comfort zone. In high school many people are guilty, including myself, of being shortsighted. However, if I could go back I would remind myself that as life goes on knowledge is power. Never take a learning experience or the opportunity to meet new people for granted, it will be rewarding, I promise.  Grulke: My advice for high school students is to go out and visit the campus of the schools that you are interested in, as this is a great way to get a feel for how the campus and environment. Talk to current students, alumni, or even some of the schools professors with any questions that you may have about the university. Finally select a school that best fits your personality and future goals. Jones: Think about your future plan and what college fits those plans best, whether it be a four-year or a two-year college. Also think whether you’re going to go back to the farm or in an Agriculture Business. Valerie Kramer: My biggest piece of advice for high school students is, do not be afraid to spread your wings and venture farm from home to attend a college. Although attending college 300 miles away from home has its drawbacks, I have had the opportunity to see areas of Wisconsin and Minnesota to broaden my horizons. Apply for any scholarships you are qualified for because you never know if you are the only applicant! Additionally, go on college visits/tours, being on a college campus in person may change your mind and make sure to thoroughly look at all of your college options before making your final decision. Good luck! continued on page 28

December 2016 Wisconsin Holstein News  

December 2016 issue of the Wisconsin Holstein News featuring YDJM and 12 & Under Award Winners, Student Roundtable and District 6.

December 2016 Wisconsin Holstein News  

December 2016 issue of the Wisconsin Holstein News featuring YDJM and 12 & Under Award Winners, Student Roundtable and District 6.

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