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Student Profile: Lucas Simmer

Name: Lucas Simmer
Major: Agricultural Economics
Minor: Political Science
Year: Senior
Hometown: Rothsay, MN
Graduation Date: December 2021 or May 2022

Why did you choose NDSU? I really fell in love with the campus as it felt like somewhere I could easily call home. 

Why did you select the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources? I am a farm kid at heart and wanted to study agricultural economics and learn more about the agricultural industry to see what I can do to advocate for it someday.

Scholarships you have received and why scholarships are important to you: Scholarships are an important reason why I have been able to attend school and thrive in my educational experience. Financial stress hinders the educational experience and scholarships have helped to alleviate that burden. I have been fortunate enough to have been awarded scholarships through FarmHouse Fraternity which has blessed me significantly. I have also received the NDSU Provost, Donald Moum, Lawrence and Ruby Dick and John and Susie Bergh, CoBank/Ryan Mayer, Rex W. Cox, and Vernon C. Lee scholarships. I am so grateful for the scholarships and how they have helped make my NDSU experience possible!

Clubs/organizations you’re involved in and why involvement in activities is beneficial: I have been involved in the following activities over my past three years at NDSU.

  • FarmHouse Fraternity
  • Student Government
    • Student Senator for the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources
    • Executive Commissioner of the Congress of Student Organizations, 
  • Learning Assistant for Mathematics for Business (MATH 144)
  • ACE Rising Scholars Program, Peer Mentor
  • Agribusiness Club
  • Cru
  • Academic Honor Commission for the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources

Involvement in these organizations and activities has taught me more than any class could have done in a lecture hall. It is truly the best way to get the most out of your educational experience as well as make great friendships along the way.

List any internships and a brief description of what you did. I am currently in the Farm Credit Fellows program. It isn't an internship, but it is a similar learning experience. I have learned about agricultural lending through a partnership between the NDSU Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics and Ag Country Farm Credit Services. I have received direct training and education from different Ag Country professionals in various departments as well as in-class instruction from an NDSU professor. It has been one of the best classes I have taken during my time at NDSU and is showing me the many nuances that a career in ag finance has to offer.

What is your greatest memory at NDSU? There are just too many to choose from! It would have to be any one of the great times spent with great friends whether it be in class, on a crowded bus to Barry Hall, athletic events, bowling in the Memorial Union, or a dance party on the football fields behind T-Lofts.

What are your future plans? I am not exactly sure what my future plans consist of, I am still discerning and learning. I am seriously considering law school and a career as a practicing attorney. I have a specific interest in farm succession and estate planning. I would also love to work in public policy and advocacy for underrepresented populations such as rural communities/economies/industries, immigrants, or international outreach. 

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