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Student Profile - Kathryn Slavick

Name: Kathryn Slavick
Majors: Microbiology and Animal Science
Minor: Chemistry
Year: Junior
Hometown: Mandan, ND
Graduation Date: Spring 2022 

Why did you choose NDSU:  NDSU was the only school I applied to - I knew it was the source of opportunity, growth, and community that I needed. I grew up experiencing the welcoming atmosphere at NDSU as my mother was a graduate student, so we often made the drive to NDSU and spent many hours at the library. FFA State Convention also has a tradition of taking place at NDSU. The college held many memories for me and there was no question about where I wanted to continuing making memories or where I wanted to attend.  

Why did you select the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources: I have a passion for agriculture and strive to support agricultural communities in my future endeavors. I felt CAFSNR would offer me a wide variety of opportunities that would aid in my future career. In addition, the professors and staff are kind and cultivate an environment that encourages you to be excited about learning. 

Scholarships you have received and why scholarships are important to you: Scholarships really are a blessing. It is always worth working hard academically and applying. Agriculture focused scholarships I have received are: CHS, Petcetera, Cutler-Maetzold, Howell Education Trust, Gertude Ostby, Van Prooien, John W. Murphy, and West River Telecommunications. I am so incredibly grateful. I have continued to work during my time at NDSU, however, receiving scholarships has helped to mitigate financial stress. 

Clubs/organizations you’re involved in and why involvement in activities is beneficial: I am currently president of NDSU Collegiate Cattlewomen, vice president of Pre-Vet Club and a member of Ag Ambassadors. Getting involved in these clubs has helped develop management skills that are applicable to many areas of life. My involvement has also brought me friends and memories. Getting involved has opened many doors for me.

List any internships and a brief description of what you did: Currently, I am a microbiology intern with American Crystal Sugar. I test sugar products to ensure they are safe for consumers just as other food companies test their food products. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time there, and it has allowed me to develop a deeper understanding of food production systems and high food safety standards. I have also helped with agronomy and dairy research projects. I enjoyed both experiences, they exposed me to the research process and I learned a lot about ensuring accuracy in data collection. 

What is your greatest memory at NDSU: If I had to choose, I would say making the trek to Frisco, TX with friends I made at NDSU and for the FCS national championship. It was the highlight of my 2020.    

What are your future plans: I plan to apply to veterinary school and specialize in large animal care. From there, I would like to serve rural communities by aiding cattle ranchers with cattle herd health and management concerns. 

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