Elizabeth Gunter

Hometown: DeKalb, Mo.

Major and year: Animal Sciences, Senior

Activities, Clubs and Orgs: Animal Sciences Ambassador, CAFNR Ambassador, CAFNR Student Council, Mizzou Alternative Breaks, Mizzou Meat Judging Team 2020, Mizzou Student Foundation, & Sigma Alpha

Personal Pronouns: She/Her

Why did you want to become a CAFNR Ambassador? I decided I wanted to become a CAFNR Ambassador when I realized I wanted to play a role in welcoming the next generation of Mizzou Students. I remember how intimidating it was trying to find my place here. However, I was blessed with an amazing support system within CAFNR. Still, I want to share my CAFNR experience to give insight to young students to help them realize if CAFNR will be their perfect fit!

What has been your favorite part of your degree program so far? Animal Sciences has enabled me to continue learning about the agriculture industry by providing various opportunities. One of my favorites is being able to travel the United States by competing on the collegiate level through meat judging. I have been able to learn the aspects of the food and agriculture industry by interacting with business professionals, touring companies, and learning the specifications of food and quality assurance. Through CAFNR, I am getting the hands-on experience that allows me to have these opportunities so I to can share my knowledge and experiences with others.

Best study spot? I love changing the scenery — The Student Center, Memorial Union, Ellis Library, anywhere outside (only if it is nice out), or even in my kitchen!

Best place for a snack or coffee? I love the Wheatstone Bistro or even Starbucks in Memorial Union!

Dream career? I think it would be SO rewarding getting to share my knowledge while getting to play a hand in the growth of students. I would love to be a professor that does just this as well as continuing in research.

What do you love about CAFNR? I love getting to be a part of the CAFNR Experience! One thing that I look forward to every day is simply saying “hi” to familiar faces as I make my way down the sidewalk to and from class, just as others do the same. Mizzou is a very large campus, but CAFNR sure does make it feel more like home. As cliché as it may seem, CAFNR really does feel like family! On campus, I have developed lasting relationships while having the opportunity to represent many organizations. I am given the opportunity to make a family, not just friends; be actively involved, while getting a hands-on experience; and cultivate my leadership skills. This would not be possible without CAFNR’s limitless opportunities.

What advice do you have for incoming students? Upperclassmen make for the best mentors! They may seem scary at first, but they’ve been where you are now. Some of my closest friends are a grade or two older than me. They have guided me through challenging courses, landed me internships, and they are constantly pushing me to be the best version of myself. But how do you meet them? I would say get involved in as many organizations starting out and don’t be shy — it will benefit you more than you think!