How I Spent My Professional Leave

I grew up on a family farm in southeast Kansas but have decided that it would be best to leave the farming to my three older brothers. During my college career I have worked toward a career in agricultural communications but along the way have discovered a love for policy. Since arriving at K-State my time has been filled with leadership opportunities, internships, and a plethora of courses revolving around my two passions, policy and agriculture. This past spring was no different as I had the opportunity to gain valuable industry experience as an intern for the office of Kansas Senator Jerry Moran.

During my time in Washington, D.C. witnessed some major historical moments including the inauguration of the 45th president, Donald Trump, the confirmation hearing of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue, and the confirmation of our newest Supreme Court Justice, Neil Gorsuch. Even more important were the networking experiences made available that lead me to my current career ambitions. I also made so many new friends in the staff and my roommates, that I will be able to call on later in my life.

It is my goal to utilize these connections and current interests to become a lobbyist for global agriculture and hunger issues. I plan to graduate in May 2018 and begin law school in the fall.

In Sisterhood,

Jackie Newland

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