Avery Hlavacek

Avery HlavacekHometown: Lebanon, MO

Major and year: Animal Sciences, Senior

Activities, Clubs and Orgs: CAFNR Ambassadors, Sigma Alpha, and Mizzou Block & Bridle

Personal Pronouns: She/Her

Why did you want to become a CAFNR Ambassador? I wanted to be a CAFNR Ambassador because I wanted the chance to show my love for Mizzou and CAFNR to future and potential students. I wanted to be able to tell my story of transferring to Mizzou and to show my love for CAFNR by interacting with future and potential students. Based on my personal experience, I know how much of an impact that current students can have when it comes to talking about the university and college. I wanted to be a CAFNR Ambassador so that I can be the final impact that the students need to choose CAFNR at Mizzou.

What has been your favorite part of your degree program so far? My favorite part about the animal science program is how many opportunities there are to learn hands-on! I am able to work directly with livestock including cattle, swine, equine, and poultry. There are endless amounts of learning experiences that I get to be a part of!

Best study spot? I enjoy studying in the Animal Science Research Center. This building is in the heart of the animal science division. There are comfy seats if you want to sit back and relax or there are also study areas. Along with this, the ASRC is full of many animal science professors if you need assistance and it is also a great place to catch up with friends!

Best place for a snack or coffee? If I am looking for coffee, my favorite place to go is the Starbucks in Memorial Union. The coffee there is great and there is also a lot of seating for both studying and socializing. If I am looking for a snack, I love Buck’s Ice Cream Shop. There are so many flavors to choose from and the ice cream is made by Mizzou food science students!

Dream career? My dream career is to work in the field of animal reproduction and genetics!

What do you love about CAFNR? I love how CAFNR has the resources of a big college but the feeling of a small one! There are many opportunities to get involved in CAFNR clubs, organizations, and research through the college. All of the professors are passionate about their classes and are always willing to help their students succeed.

What advice do you have for incoming students? Get involved! The best thing to do as a new student is to join any club or organization that may spark an interest. Getting involved will help keep you busy, give you the chance to be apart of something big on campus that you are passionate about, and it will also allow you to make an endless amount of friends who have the same interests as you. If you want to get the best college experience, definitely get involved!