Ashley in an alfalfa field

Ashley in an alfalfa field while attending an agricultural conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

Hello! My name is Ashley Craft and I’m a senior at the University of Missouri. I am studying science and agricultural journalism with an emphasis in marketing. I am also the new intern at MayeCreate Design! I will be responsible for writing and editing some of the blog posts you will be seeing. I am excited to hold this position and provide meaningful content for various individuals, such as yourself.

In addition to my internship duties, I am also highly involved in my academics. As my last semester at the University of Missouri rolls around, you will find me on campus involved as editor of CAFNR (College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources) Corner Post, an online student publication, CAFNR student council major representative for science and agricultural journalism, president of Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow and a soon-to-be inducted member of Alpha Zeta, professional agriculture fraternity.

College Journey

Ashley and her mom by a column

Ashley and her mom posing by the columns her sophomore year.

As can be seen by my list of student involvement, I have definitely found my niche within my major. Like most college students, it has taken me some time to find my spot in the college world. Originally from Topeka, KS, I attended Kansas State University my freshman year to further save up and transfer to MU my sophomore year. For as long as I can remember, I knew a path in journalism was where my heart was, but after transferring to MU and going through the journalism school, it didn’t feel like quite the right fit for me. I switched majors to communication for a semester and still didn’t feel like that was right either.

It was then that a friend suggested I check out science and agricultural journalism that I realized I could find my place and make my mark in college. While I am taking my core journalism classes, I have the benefit of taking various science and agriculture classes that interest me greatly. The opportunities I have been given since switching to science and agricultural journalism have been phenomenal (including a study abroad program in New Zealand and a recent internship in Costa Rica) and I really feel like part of a large family under the guidance of CAFNR.

 

Ashley paragliding

Ashley paragliding in Queenstown, New Zealand in January 2014

Looking Forward

After graduation in December 2014, I hope to work for a marketing department in an environmental or agricultural based company. I love to write and I love to promote, which is why marketing is the perfect fit for myself. Throughout my college career, I have had the privilege of gaining experiences with photography, video, writing and marketing, so I feel I have a lot to offer any company I choose to work for.  As most seniors in college, I am nervous for the future, but I also feel I have taken all the right steps to make myself a worthy candidate for the big, scary working world that awaits me in the next few months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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