Fall 2016 Graduating Seniors

Congratulations to our Fall 2016 Graduates! Best of luck in future careers and endeavors. Thank you for your contributions to CAFES. Come back and visit as Alumni!

 

hannaName: Hanna Meisinger   
Major: Agricultural Communication
Hometown: Los Osos, CA

Of all the classes you’ve taken at Cal Poly, which one was most beneficial or influential?
Business and Professional Communications (COMS 301) was probably the most beneficial and influential because although it was an incredibly tough class, it forced me to speak in very uncomfortable situations. I started the class as a very timid speaker and finished with the confidence to speak in any situation.

When did you just want to die in a class? Anytime it was over 90 degrees and I had class in the ag building.

Did you have any internships during your time at Cal Poly?
I had a summer internship at Big Red Marketing. They are a boutique marketing company in San Luis Obispo that specializes in the wine, lifestyle, and tourism industries.

What piece of advice can you share with students, especially those preparing to graduate?
 Enjoy your friends, take advantage of your time and don’t take yourself too seriously.

What was one of your bucket list at Cal Poly?
Hiking the Tri Tip Challenge (Bishops Peak, Madonna Mountain, and the “P”).  I did it with friends last spring and it was incredible. Plus, who doesn’t want a reason to treat yourself to a Firestone tri-tip sandwich?

What are your plans after graduation?
I am happy to say that I will be staying in San Luis Obispo. I will be working full time as an Account Coordinator at Big Red Marketing.

DSC_0306.jpgName: Corinne Madison         
Major: Agricultural Communication
Hometown: Galt, CA

Of all the classes you’ve taken at Cal Poly, which one was most beneficial or influential?
The most beneficial and influential class at Cal Poly was Ag 452: Issues Affecting California Agriculture. This class introduced a small group of us to some of the top influencers and leaders in agriculture and we were able to learn how to affect real change in the industry.

When did you just want to die in a class?
Anytime I was in BRAE 340 at 7am on Wednesdays and Fridays, which coincidentally were the mornings after pint night and two-for-ones…Dr. Gaudi still made it bearable though.


Did you have any internships during your time at Cal Poly?

I was a public policy intern for USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack in Washington, D.C. I also interned for a lobbyist/cattle rancher in Sacramento whom I met through the AG 452 class.

Did you study abroad?
I studied abroad in Adelaide, Australia and it was one of the best experiences of my college career!!!

What piece of advice can you share with students, especially those preparing to graduate?
Take advantage of every opportunity, which means saying yes to things and being okay if you don’t have an exact plan. Also, take as many fun classes as you can!

What was one of your bucket list items for Cal Poly?
My top bucket list items were to study abroad and to be on Cal Poly’s national winning NAMA team. I was fortunate to be able to check both of those items off my list!

What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I am planning on taking time off to travel before beginning a career in agriculture marketing and policy.

natalie-gradName: Natalie Massa    
Major: Agribusiness (Water Policy Minor)
Hometown: Willows, CA

Of all the classes you’ve taken at Cal Poly, which one was most beneficial or influential?
I have two classes, first is AGB 260. Learning how to use Excel is quite beneficial in school, work, and everyday life. Before learning how to use it, I used to do work on a calculator and put numbers into a table on Word documents. It was very time consuming. Now I’m able to teach others how to insert functions and manipulate data. The ladies at work love me for it.

Another favorite, unrelated to my major, is AEPS 175, known as Beekeeping. I started off the class very timid and fearful of getting stung. After a few short weeks, I gained a passion for the niche industry and plan on having my own colony soon. Did I mention you get a jar of honey at the end?

When did you just want to die in a class?
After taking a midterm in Philosophy, I walked out of the classroom and felt pretty confident on how I did. A few days later, the teacher happily announced that the class average of scores was quite high. Mostly B’s with a few A’s, scattered C’s, and only one D. I happened to be that person who received a “D” on the midterm. It was that day I learned that arguing about hypothetical thoughts was not for me. I definitely dreaded that class.

Did you have any internships during your time at Cal Poly?
I was fortunate enough to have two internships during my college career. My first was at Sierra Nevada Cheese Company in Willows. I was a sales and marketing intern. My favorite part was definitely cheese tastings and promoting our products at our local supermarket and a Nascar race at Bristol Speedway.

My second internship was at Colusa-Glenn Farm Credit, also located in Willows. I spent my time as a credit intern, inputting financials, tax returns, property data, etc. My favorite part was going on crop inspections and all of the wonderful people I worked with.

Did you study abroad?
I studied abroad in Adelaide, South Australia with the AGB program during Winter Quarter 2015. I never would have expected to study abroad in Australia, especially because I had my sights set on places such as Italy, but I am so glad that I did! During my stay, I learned that I hate wine, I love free food, their toilets flush the same way ours do, and gelato tastes just as good down under. I also made so many new friends along the way.

What piece of advice can you share with students, especially those preparing to graduate?
Go outside your comfort zone. Try something different. I chose to study abroad on a whim and ended up having the time of my life. I wouldn’t have traded experiences like that for anything. You can still study abroad your senior year. I always like to tell people that you never regret studying abroad, you only regret not going.

What is one of your bucket list items for Cal Poly?
I have a few items that I still need to get done, but my biggest one is to go to the hot springs in Avila.

What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I will be moving back home and mooching off my parents. In addition, I will be working as a Credit Analyst at Colusa-Glenn Farm Credit.

Any other comments you wish to share?
When looking for internships, don’t feel limited to the companies that come to the Ag Showcase. I got both my internships because I knew some people and I was able to talk to the CEOs and voiced my interest. Neither company had a formal internship program but I was able to mold my own and subsequently accomplished and learned about more aspects of each company than if I was positioned in a structured internship.

When looking for jobs, choose a company and career that makes you happy. So many times we see people who start out working for companies because they pay more but within a few months they just aren’t happy. Instead, pick a career that you’re passionate about. In the end, the additional money will just be a benefit.

719a9543Name: Michelle Burns   
Major: Agricultural Communication
Hometown: Morro Bay

Of all the classes you’ve taken at Cal Poly, which one was most beneficial or influential?
I would have to say (AGC 426) Presentation Methods with Dr. De Lay was the most influential class I took because it taught me the skills needed to have a successful interview. This class helped build my confidence in public speaking and thinking quick on my feet, which are two very important skills I will take with me after graduation.

Did you have any internships during your time at Cal Poly?
I worked in Sacramento this past summer for the company Ag. Association Management Services, Inc. I was able to work with an amazing team who helped me learn more about the agriculture industry in California.

What piece of advice can you share with students, especially those preparing to graduate?
Be prepared for a TON of rejection when applying for jobs, but never give up hope. If one opportunity doesn’t work out it just means that a better one is around the corner! Also, don’t be afraid to pack up your bags and move someplace you’ve always wanted to go. This is one of the only times in our lives where you can actually move anywhere, so don’t miss out on that opportunity.

What is one of your bucket list items for Cal Poly?
I really want to visit the architecture graveyard on campus, but have yet to make the trip!

What are your plans after graduation?
I have accepted a job offer to work for a digital bartering company in Seattle. I will be working as an account manager for small to medium sized businesses.

Any other comments you wish to share?
Even though the job offer I have accepted isn’t in ag communications, I have a feeling that I will end up working with agriculture in the future! For now, however, I will keep sharing my passion and love for all things related to the agriculture industry – even in Washington state!

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Photo Credit: Megan Stone Photography

Name: Monica Castillo
Major: Agricultural Science Hometown: Stockton, CA

Of all the classes you’ve taken at Cal Poly, which one was most beneficial or influential? 

The most influential and beneficial class I have taken at Cal Poly would be a tie between AGED 303 and ASCI 232. These classes helped me to further expand my skills in agriculture and to solidify my future goal to teach.

When did you just want to die in a class?
Usually whenever I had plans at the end of the week or when I was hungry.

Did you have any internships during your time at Cal Poly?
I had an internship as a Food Safety Intern during this summer at Bee Sweet Citrus, Inc.

What piece of advice can you share with students, especially those preparing to graduate?
Don’t stress about the little things.

What is one of your bucket list items for Cal Poly?
One of my bucket list items for Cal Poly is to go to Serenity Swing in Poly Canyon.

What are your plans after graduation?
I will be working as a Food Safety Officer/ Assistant Manager at Bee Sweet Citrus, Inc.

Any other comments you wish to share?
Something that helped me get through college was having a great group of people that shared common interests as me. For me, that group was the Sigma Alpha sorority.


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