Lauren Quinlan

Lauren QuinlanHometown: Mexico, MO

Major and year: Agricultural Education; Junior

Activities, Clubs and Orgs: Sigma Alpha, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, Ag Ed Society, CAFNR True Tiger, CAFNR Ambassador, Retail Shop Assistant at Tiger Garden

Personal Pronouns: She/her

Why did you want to become a CAFNR Ambassador? I knew I wanted to play a role in welcoming the next generation of students. I have been blessed by an incredible support system during my undergraduate experience, so I wanted to serve as a resource and give back to the College that has given me countless opportunities.

What has been your favorite part of your degree program so far? I love its flexibility — I have the opportunity to take a wide range of courses and immerse myself in a variety of interests. I also enjoy the tight-knit, family atmosphere found within the Agricultural Education, Leadership and Communications Department.

Best study spot? The study room in the Agriculture Building. It’s a hidden gem and there’s almost always an empty spot.

Best place for a snack or coffee? I LOVE coffee, so I’m a big fan of Memorial. I also love the versatility of Emporium Café — it’s the perfect place to swing by and grab something on the way to class.

Dream career? I think it would be SO neat — and fulfilling! — to teach elementary-age kiddos about agriculture.

What do you love about CAFNR? Hands-on experience is truly the backbone of CAFNR. I am a very hands-on learner, so I thrive off of the opportunities to apply what I have learned in the classroom. The relationships I have built with my professors and fellow classmates are invaluable. When I first came to college, people assured me I would eventually find “my people.” As cliché as this may sound, it is SO true! Surrounding myself with like-minded peers challenges, encourages, and enables me to succeed.

What advice do you have for incoming students? When I first came to college, I was worried about all of the things I did not know. Everything was drastically different and finding a way to adjust was a bit of a challenge. I quickly realized it is okay not to know everything. You are going to learn so much more about yourself if you are willing to admit where you are less experienced. Ask questions. Seek to understand. Be comfortable with the uncomfortable — that is how you grow. Most importantly — get involved, but don’t get so caught up in trying to gain recognition that you forget why you started in the first place. Be intentional and make people your first priority.