i'm an agronomist

Chloe Liu

1. Where are you from?
Tianjin China

2. What first started your interest in agronomy?
I grew up with a series of books which was Little House written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Every experience she had as a farm girl interested me so much. I was imagining that I could have my own farm someday.

3. What are some of the main issues for society that you are concerned about?
A lot of people are suffering from health issues because of lack of nutrition.

4. Do you have any advice for those thinking about continuing their education to address the issues you’ve mentioned?
Keep doing what you are doing. Remind yourself the purpose of everything you’ve done from time to time.

5. Why did you choose Iowa State University?
Iowa State has the best courses of Agronomy compared with other colleges. The staff in Agronomy department also treats students as family.

6. What was your first year here like?
It was full of satisfaction of my curiosity. The agronomy classes I took in my freshman year gave me a full vision of what agronomy looked like.

7. What has been your favorite class?
Agronomy 114 has been my favorite class so far. It tells us almost everything that we are doing as agronomists.

8. What has been your favorite experience in the agronomy program?
The career fair. Without actually talking to the representatives from the companies, I have no idea what the criterions required by different positions are. It also motivates me to do more research and pay more attention to the advertisements from the companies.

9. You have a faculty adviser, how has your experience been with him?
Dr. Hartzler is my adviser. He’s been helping me plan out my education throughout four years. Providing me lots of information about internships and graduate school. He is also a good listener when I talk to him about the difficulties I meet.

10. Have you been involved with a research project?
Yes, I have. I was working as a research assistant for Dr. Hartzler and his two graduate students, getting ready for the experiments and collecting the data.

11. Has the research project benefited your learning experience?
I was able to learn what we were supposed to do if I became an agronomist doing research. It also shows me how much work a graduate student should do.

12. Do you participate in any student organizations?
Yes, I do. I am the CALS Council representative for Agronomy Club. We have a meeting every other week. Exchanging what is happening among all of the clubs and organizing activities are our responsibilities.

13. Any advice for those considering a major in agronomy?
Agronomy is an excellent choice if you are willing to get involved in any Ag career in the future. Make sure that you take advantage of the diversity of the classes designed for students who are interested in different areas in Agronomy. If you want to dig more, go ahead and declare the second major.

14. Ten years from now, what do you want to be doing?
I am hoping that I can work in a field and breed the plants full of nutrients which are able to improve the healthiness of human.
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