Makenzie Melton

Makenzie MeltonHometown: El Dorado Springs, Missouri

Major and year: Agribusiness Management, Senior

Activities, Clubs and Orgs: Sigma Alpha, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Agribusiness Club, Honors College, Chi Alpha Campus Ministry, and CAFNR Ambassador

Personal Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Why did you want to become a CAFNR Ambassador? A CAFNR Ambassador was the very person who on my first visit to the University of Missouri described the opportunities that would be offered. We were able to connect on a mutual passion for agriculture and I knew in that moment I was meant to be a Tiger.

What has been your favorite part of your degree program so far? My favorite part of the Agribusiness Management program within the CAFNR college is that, as a student, I am really getting exposure to what future careers I can potentially have. Whether involved in the policy realm of agribusiness, marketing and sales, economical analysis, or general management to apply on the farm back home, CAFNR has really shown me the limitless possibilities. Also, I’ve met some really amazing people along the way, the kind of connections that last a lifetime.

Best study spot? With sunshine-filled skies, you can catch me lounging on the benches behind Mumford Hall. There are great shade trees, silly squirrels running about and a Starbucks not far. That is the perfect trio to get me in the note-taking mood. However, if you’re feeling something indoors, I highly recommend the upstairs levels of the MU Student Center. I’m pretty certain those chairs are overstuffed with rare ostrich feathers or something like that.

Best place for a snack or coffee? Not to be basic, but I am a Starbuck addict. Just remember, always grab a blueberry muffin to match your macchiato. If you’re not in the mood for coffee, then the smoothies at Infusion are divine.

Dream career? Putting a job title to my dream career is still being debated. However, I am certain it falls somewhere along the lines between Agriculture Policy Analyst and Trophy Wife. My passion for agriculture is second only to my desire to help our policy making process move to a more transparent atmosphere. It is crucial for agriculturists to understand where their part lies, and how they can get involved, in the making of new legislation on local, state, and national levels.

What do you love about CAFNR? CAFNR has really given me a community to be involved with year round, both on and off campus. Professors are more than willing to help you get connected and learn more, organizations of overwhelming opportunity to improve leadership and career skills, and most of all the fellow students I have classes with will soon be my colleagues. Mizzou is a big university and with more than 30,000 students going about, yet CAFNR has introduced me to my closest friends.

What advice do you have for incoming students? Incoming students, you can and will survive college. It’s hard, but I’m confident you’re more than capable to succeed in any program you choose. However, let one thing be clear. The difference between students that ENJOY college and students that are waiting for it to end is directly correlated with how involved you get. I suggest for your first year, pick two clubs to be involved in, one fun and one for your major, and make sure you go to every meeting/activity. Then for your next year, join another that is University-wide, this will allow you to spread your horizons and meet individuals with different perspectives. The more involved and open you are to getting out of your room, then the greater college will be.