Alumni Spotlight: Lauren Servick

2015, B.S. Agriculture Education-Leadership and Communication 

Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Swenson

Current Employer: Minnesota Soybean 

Favority memory of campus: When I was in college, I worked in the admissions office coordinating visits and giving tours. My favorite memory was on a Friday morning while I was giving a tour on the Northrop Mall and Goldy jumped on my tour and started creating mischief!

Why did you choose CFANS as a college? I was one of those students that changed their mind three times before the first semester was over. I found agriculture communications to be exciting and knew that being a CFANS student would make me a great candidate for a future career.

Why do you think the University of Minnesota is great? The University of Minnesota has something to offer everyone. I enjoyed the mix of big campus energy and small town community. It is hard to beat the opportunities that come from being a U of M student and graduate. It provides a place to earn a superior education while building a solid network of friends and mentors.

Career information/professional achievements: I work as a Marketing Communications and Educational Programs specialist for Minnesota Soybean. I enjoy working on behalf of 25,000 soybean growers in Minnesota, many of which are also U of M alums.

What's your passion? What do you love about your work and your field? I love talking to people about where their food comes from and helping consumers build connections with the men and women who are dedicated to growing safe and healthy food. I find people's stories fascinating and there is so much to learn from the people around us.

How did your education at the U of M help prepare you for what you are doing today? My major required at least one internship experience and I now work for one of the organizations I interned with. I was able to form connections with professionals and gain valuable experience that prepared me for my career. I'm also grateful for my professors and classmates that continued to inspire and challenge me in my education.

What advice do you have for current students (and future alumni)? The U of M can be as big or as small as you make it. Take chances and try something new because, while every minute is worth it, four years goes by fast! Take a class completely out of your major and meet new people. Get to know your professors. Cheer on the Golden Gophers at sporting events and learn all of the U of M cheers, you won't regret it! SKI-U-MAH!