A legacy student, Hannah Strain knew that she wanted to carry on the family tradition of attending the University of Missouri.
“Attending the University of Missouri has always been something that I had dreamed of,” Strain said. “The campus atmosphere, attentive staff and diverse educational opportunities are all incredible attributes of Mizzou that made committing to school here an easy decision.”
Strain grew up on a farm in Rolla, Mo., and developed a passion for promoting agriculture at a young age. Participating in FFA only deepened that desire – and getting involved with CAFNR strengthened it even more.
Strain settled on the agriculture degree program when she came to MU.
“I decided to major in agriculture here because of my strong connection and desire to build my career within the agriculture industry,” Strain said. “Additionally, the flexibility to tailor my individual education to be exactly what I am interested in sealed the deal!”
The agriculture degree program is unique in that students are able to choose concentration areas from CAFNR’s 11 other degree programs to create a unique college experience. Students can pick from courses of study that interest them.
Strain’s undergraduate advisor is Jill Moreland, program director and advisor chair of agricultural and applied economics. Strain worked closely with her, as well as other CAFNR faculty, to create a perfect experience.
“Working with the faculty and support staff on Mizzou’s campus has been really incredible,” Strain said. “They have created a close-knit family atmosphere with big college opportunities. No matter what building, classroom or office I walk into, I am always greeted with a personal smile, friendly conversation and faculty who care about me!”
Strain was able to put what she learned in the classroom to work last year, after taking an internship with the Missouri Corn Growers Association. She spent her time as a grower service intern, serving farmers, promoting agriculture and enhancing the corn industry.
“This was an incredible opportunity to enhance the skills that I had been building through my time at MU,” Strain said. “My experience emulated that of a job opportunity and further enhanced my preparations for the future.”
Strain was active while on campus, too, and was part of the 2019-20 Litton Leadership Scholars Cohort as well as the 2020 Dickinson Scholars Program.
“During my time in CAFNR, I was pushed beyond my comfort zone and expected my academics to reflect a high performance level,” Strain said. “The faculty and staff hold you to a high standard in order to prepare you for the workforce. The experiences and quality education that CAFNR provides its students is parallel to none and I feel prepared to graduate and begin my career.”
Some of Strain’s favorite memories during her time in CAFNR include the CAFNR Week festivities, attending football games and taking in the traditional college town life experiences. She said that she encourages all incoming students, and even current students, to take advantage of those opportunities.
“I would advise incoming freshmen to get involved in numerous organizations and not to shy away from introducing yourself to new people and making new connections,” Strain said. “For current Mizzou students, I would suggest diving into your studies more, making connections with professors and industry professionals. Take advantage of those individuals around you that are interested in helping you and preparing you for your future.”
Strain said that after graduation she will continue to be an advocate for agriculture.
“My plans after graduation include utilizing the network and experience base that I have developed through my experiences at the University of Missouri,” Strain said. “I hope to build my career in the agriculture public relations and communications sector.”