How My Unique Degree Help Me Pursue My Passion

While I was in high school, I always thought I wanted to become an engineer. I wanted to become an engineer mainly because math and science came easy to me. After discovering I wanted to go into a STEM related field, I automatically gravitated towards engineering. I attended Barton Community College for my first couple of years. While at Barton I graduated with an Associate’s Degree, with an emphasis in Pre-Engineering.

Transferring from a community college to Kansas State University, wasn’t a big change. I knew my study habits and I was ready to dive into upper level engineering classes my first semester at Kansas State. I took a quite a load my first semester here. As the semester progressed, I soon found that I wasn’t enjoying these classes as much as I originally thought.

After much discussion with some friends, one of my friends invited me to the Watermelon Feed for the College of Agriculture. The Watermelon Feed is where I discovered Sigma Alpha. I found where my home for the next two and a half years would be. And where I made the decision to change my major.

One evening, I had a deep discussion with my Big Sister, Melissa Poet, on how I missed some agricultural elements in my life. She then suggested to me that I look at Agricultural Technology Management. This suggestion changed my entire life. After a few other transitions from different majors, I finally found the major that would ultimately change my life.

The Agricultural Technology Management major at Kansas State University allowed me to expand my knowledge base. I have been able to take a variety of courses from technology, engineering, sensors and controls, agronomy, business, and management classes. I have been actively involved in the Agricultural Technology Management Club, where I have attended trips to various farm shows, networked, and gained many lifelong friendships.

This major afforded me to gain experience with group projects, modern technology in farm equipment, networking opportunities, and ultimately find my dream job. There is no question that after switching my major a few times, Agricultural Technology Management was the major that allowed me to pursue my passion for agriculture. I am excited to become a part of the agriculture industry and help with the next generation of farm equipment.

I want to say a huge thank you to all my advisors, professors, friends, sisters, and family for helping me find my way to my dreams. I would especially like to thank my BIG Melissa Poet for listening to me and suggesting this amazing major. Without all the tremendous support from everyone, I don’t know where I would be today!

In Sisterhood,

Nicole Kruse

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