Kaylee Lower

Kaylee LowerHometown: Collins, Missouri

Major and year: Agricultural Education, Junior

Activities, Clubs and Orgs: Mizzou Christian Campus House, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, Ag Ed Society, Mizzou Collegiate Cattlewomen, CAFNR Career Services Peer Coach, CAFNR Communications Intern

Personal Pronouns: she/her

Why did you want to become a CAFNR Ambassador? As a high school student, I remember the stress and anxiousness while working to finally decide where I would further my education and there was one thing that made Mizzou stand out more than the other universities I was interested in – the CAFNR Ambassadors.

I can still remember opening cards from CAFNR Ambassadors after I was accepted at the University of Missouri and in that moment, I felt wanted and welcomed within the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. With that, I would like the opportunity to serve the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources while recruiting and welcoming incoming students into our college. I want to make prospective students feel the same way that I did when I opened a card from CAFNR Ambassadors – welcomed and wanted. When visiting Mizzou, I could always rely on a CAFNR Ambassadors to answer my questions and give me insight on the college as a whole. I would like to serve as that connection between students and our college within the university.

One of the most terrifying things when coming to Mizzou was the size, but with the help of CAFNR Ambassadors I was able to realize that the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources made the university itself feel much smaller. I would like to have the opportunity to make high school students and transfer students feel comfortable while making the transition into a new, diverse lifestyle. As a CAFNR Ambassador, I would have the opportunity to promote diversity in which all students would be able to find their fit within CAFNR and would work alongside students to help develop a passion for their own unique interests.

Above all, I want the opportunity to help others find their HOME within the University of Missouri through the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources just like I have found mine.

What has been your favorite part of your degree program so far? My favorite part of the Agricultural Education degree program has been the opportunity to exert my passion for agriculture through my course work and beyond. I also love the sense of belonging within the department.

Best study spot? Christian Campus House

Best place for a snack or coffee? Wheatstone Bistro

Dream career? Teach high school Agricultural Education and then work in school administration

What do you love about CAFNR? I love the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources here at Mizzou because of the HOME that I have found within the college. CAFNR has helped me find a group of strong agricultural advocates that allow me to share my passion for the industry while furthering my education.

What advice do you have for incoming students? My biggest piece of advice would be to step outside your comfort zone and build those connections while those around you. Always extend your arm out to try new things and get involved on campus to build those lifelong connections.