Alumni spotlight: Lana Olson

2008, B.S. Animal Science

Advisor: Les Hansen

Current organization/ employer: broadhead

Favorite memory of campus:
The great landscaping and flowers on campus in the spring and early fall.

Why did you choose CFANS as a college?
While I wish I could say I chose it by myself, my two older siblings, their spouses, and my mom all have degrees from CFANS. Their experiences quickly turned it into a family tradition.

Why do you think the University of Minnesota is great?
I think their research-focus makes teaching that much more effective. When a professor talks about important research in a specific field, they were likely the one to conduct it!

Career information/ professional achievements:
Following college I spent just less than three years as Associate Editor of Hoard's Dairyman Magazine. I now work at a rapidly growing advertising firm in Minneapolis. My main client responsibility is with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., a major bovine animal health company that markets vaccines, supplements and antibiotics.

What's your passion? What do you love about your work and your field?
I am sure this will sound cliche for so many grads, but, agriculture really is a passion. Specifically, I enjoy marketing products that impact farmers and their livelihood such as new technologies.

How did your education at the U of M help prepare you for what you are doing today?
I feel that CFANS provided a well-rounded education to prepare me for a future in agriculture. If i knew in college that i'd be doing what I am doing now, I'd incorporate more marketing and communications classes into my degree!

What advice do you have for current students (and future alumni)?
Dean Brian Buhr was a really good professor (I took commodity marketing with him). Les Hansen is a great advisor. Also, take a class with Mike White, you won't regret it! Freshman biology and biochemistry aren't as bad as people make it sound. Go to class and study. Systemic physiology (do they still have this class?) is interesting stuff but the tests will be very hard. Finally, learn how to manage money in college. You'll most likely have lots of student loans and there isn't a mandatory personal finance class, but there should be.